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The Integrity Story
The Integrity 466/496 boats were literally conceived on a
napkin. I know……you’ve heard that before, but it’s the truth. Jon
Allsop and I were having breakfast at the Nan Hai Hotel in Sheku,
China and were discussing the need for us to have a raised
pilothouse trawler we could sell. We sketched out a few ideas on a
napkin, then it suddenly occurred to us that we might be able to
use the Island Gypsy 44 tooling, with a few modifications. The
Island Gypsys, designed by Harvey Halvorsen, had a darn good
reputation of being good “sea boats”. A high bow with moderate
flare tended to throw the water to the side when in head seas and
the longish keel made them pretty good in following seas.
We took our sketches to the shipyard, where we were having a
36’ Euro style trawler built and asked them if they would build it
if we got the rest of the design work done. Of course they said “yes”.
Jon knew Bill Garden well enough to call him and ask if he
could do the design work. Bill was getting on in years, mid
nineties, if I recall and he declined our request. He did
recommend John Anderson, a designer who had worked for Bill
previously. When we contacted John, he liked the project and was
keen to get started.
John suggested we raise the bulwarks, create an insert in
the mold for a prop tunnel and come up with a new rudder design
(NACA foil). Jon Allsop and I chose the John Deere 6125 engine at
450 horsepower to drive a 40”prop. The idea is to have a
relatively slow turning engine (cruise around 1400 rpm) with high
torque. The 6125 produces all of its horsepower at 2100 rpm. This
choice proved to be spot on as the Integrity 466/496s will lumber
along easily at 10 knots, burning about 10 gallons per hour. And
to top it off, the noise levels are quite low. When you shift the
ZF Mathers controls into gear, you know you have a smooth,
powerful, drive train.
It was decided to make the boat a 2 stateroom boat but
unlike many where the staterooms doors are in the same proximity,
we chose to access the master by going down 3 steps out of the
saloon/galley and access the guest stateroom through the
pilothouse. Even though the staterooms are separated only by a
(quiet) bulkhead, by accessing them from different parts of the
boat, it gives those in each stateroom a real sense of
Rhapsody’s owners elected to install stabilizers as
well as a hydraulic bow thruster and windlass. The thruster has a
proportional control valve so you can easily control the amount of
thrust. The hydraulic windlass insures you will have plenty of
power to pull up the anchor.
Another neat feature the owner added was the Kabola hydronic
heating system. I can’t say enough good things about these units.
They are very quiet, extremely efficient, and are virtually
trouble free. The boiler produces hot water, which is pumped to
air handlers throughout the boat. It is very well balanced system
that produces dry, comfortable heat.
A Nick Jackson davit system is on the back swimstep, making
it easy to launch and retrieve the tender. Originally the tender
was designed to be stored on the boat deck and launched with the
mast and boom system. With the Nick Jackson system for the tender,
the owenrs use the mast and boom to launch kayaks and lower crab
pots down to the tender.
Rhapsody has a nice Furuno electronics system and includes
radar and depth sounder. There are 2 screens that display data
from 2 different plotters, one the Furuno, the other a computer
based system. Works very well.
One feature often applauded is the seating arrangement in
the pilothouse. The settee and table provide a great place to sit
while underway and while in port or at anchor, a cozy spot to curl
up with a book.
Owners elected to not have built-in furniture, but rather
stand-alone convertible sofa and 2 barrel chairs. These are Flex
Steel. If you aren’t familiar with Flex Steel, it is very high end
Boat, RV and home furniture. The sofa is a soft blue Ultra Leather
and the barrel chairs are beige.
All-in-all, Rhapsody is a
wonderful, seaworthy boat that will give her new owners years of
safe, comfortable cruising.