We selected the Clipper 60 after 2 years of detailed research, and from a shortlist of Grand Banks, Selene, Fleming, Grand Alaskan and Aquastar. IMHO none of the other brands offered the stability, space, quality and efficiency that Clipper provided, plus we customised the entire interior to deliver an optimum configuration and feel.
The build was in China where we stayed for 2 weeks. The yard is run by a veteran Brit, with Chinese craftsmen doing almost everything by hand and largely with traditional hand tools. It was a sight to behold, nothing like what you would see in Poole.
Whilst the images here show the beautiful lines and spacious configuration, there are 4 main areas that distinguished it for us, and placed it uniquely above its more well-known rivals. Sample them and you'll see the difference.
Stability: the hull is quite superb, a deep heavy keel providing natural directional stability beyond its competitors. Then we added zero-speed WESMAR stabilisers which take out all roll, even cruising in 3.5m seas. A demonstration of full steering lock at 12kts shows the boat remains flat for a full 360 degrees.. With bow and stern thrusters acting with the deep keel, she stays where you place her in the water and makes positioning into a tight berth in a crosswind, easy, flattering this skipper's modest skills. Indeed, whilst we always cruise with at least two on board, the skipper alone can dock her into a berth unaided.
Space: custom exterior configuration provides huge flexible fly deck with reclined or flat sun-loungers for up to 8 around the helm, plus 4 flat on sheltered front deck, and 3 forward seated, without impinging on deck workspace. Safe covered side decks with high rails and cameras protect all family and guests. A large aft cockpit is great for al fresco dining in the evening; an outsize swim platform is very usable. The main lounge provides two large facing sculptured settees, styled from a private jet interior. Open galley and pilothouse makes for the feeling of a 70ft motor-yacht. The lower deck comprises a grand master suite with large washroom and shower, with ample room for 2. The 2nd and 3rd cabins are both doubles, and share a second equally large washroom and separate shower. Finally the lazarette and engine room are again outsized, with great headroom and space to work round all sides of each of the 2 Cummins engines.
Quality: the motor-yacht is hand built. That says it all: fittings fit; everything is in the right place. All usable space has been allocated to drawers and wider storage, leaving clean and uncluttered lines throughout. And we selected the pale contemporary beech wood to differentiate the boat from the traditional "Captain Birdseye" teak.
RCD Status: The yacht conforms with the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) and is categorized “B” for 14 persons on board.
Part 1 British Registered.
Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction: • Hand laid molded fiberglass hull, main deck, cabin and flybridge. • GRP flybridge with sandwich construction using core cell. • Gelcoat exterior – DSM white. • Solid GRP keel, chines and bottom. • All exterior fastenings in 316 marine grade stainless steel. • Hand rubbed selected beachwood interior. • Aluminum perforated sheets to cover all bulkheads and fuel/water tanks. • All through hull fittings on or below the water line are fitted with bronze ball valves. • Teak and stainless steel rubbing rail, with oiled teak bulwark capping rails. • Non-skid fiberglass fore deck. • GRP swim platform with laid teak. • Teak laid to aft cockpit deck and side decks forward to pilothouse doors. • Non-skid on flybridge deck. • Zinc anodes on rudders, shafts, transom and trim tabs. • Black boot top stripe.
Engine & Gearboxes: 2 x 550hp QSC 8.3 liter Cummins turbo-charged and after-cooled diesel engines – rated at 3000RPM. C. 350 hours run at 07.03.2016. High-pressure common-rail fuel system. Chromed Cummins Smartcraft DTS electronic engine/gear controls. ZF286A gearboxes with 1.962:1 reduction ratio. Superior engine room sound proofing material – foam and lead with aluminum cladding. Twin Racor fuel filters with gauges for main engines. Underwater exhaust outlets.
Propulsion & Steering: Vetus 24V/220 KGF bow thruster. Vetus 24V/220 KGF stern thruster. Teleflex hydraulic steering. Propellers – Hung Shen four-bladed NIBRAL KCA series, with 680mm diameter and 582mm pitch. Rudders – stainless steel stocks and stainless steel blades. Rudder stock housings with bearings. High quality Aqua Shaft 2.25” stainless propeller shafts. PYI dripless stern gland propeller shaft seals. Heavy duty bronze underwater brackets with cutlass bearings. Bennett hydraulic trim tabs with gauges at both helms. Polished stainless steel steering wheel at flybridge.
Other Mechanical Equipment: Wesmar stabilizers – with zero-speed operation.
Voltage Systems: AC power outlets (doubles) to staterooms, head, galley, engine room and lazarette with (RCD) protection. AC circuit breaker panel in Pilothouse. DC circuit breaker panel in Pilothouse.
Battery Banks: Batteries housed in GRP boxes – 3 x 200amp 24V for house, 2 x 200amp 24Vstarting for each engine, 1 x 100amp 12V for generator start. Main battery disconnect switch. Powered/manual battery isolator switching. Battery paralleling system for emergency engine starting.
Battery Chargers: Battery charger – Victron combined charger/inverter 70amp/3000W. Battery charger – Victron 24V/40Amp Battery charger -12V 40amp for 12V generator battery.
Alternators: Engine-mounted 24V alternators.
Generator: Onan MDKBT 22.5 kva 220V/50 Hz generator, with remote stop/start electronic panel. Single Racor fuel filter for generator. Water/gas separator for generator exhaust.
Shore Power: Two x 240V AC 15amp shore power inlets. Inlets to bow and stern, with shore power leads to each x 2 – 32amp/240v AC. Shore power indicator on main AC electrical panel. Galvanic isolator.
Other Electrical: Full copper bonding system attached to all metallic hull fittings under the water line (full grounding throughout vessel including all sea cocks).
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Engine monitoring including instrumentation, alarms and hour meters.
Fresh Water & Water Heating System: Hot water tank – AC 240V and heat exchange from main engine. Fresh water system – Shurflo pressure pump. Seaward 240V H-2850E water heater. Fresh water outlet with hose in engine room.
Bilge Pumps: • Bilge pumps – five automatic electric Rule 24V 2000 gph DC pumps with manual override and high water alarms. • Rule 800gph electric sump pump • 1 x manual bilge pump.
Sight gauges on fuel and water tanks. Dockside fresh water connection.
Fuel: Total capacity of 1,540 gals. GRP fuel tanks with baffles and inspection hatches.
Fresh water: Total capacity of 400gals. GRP water tanks with baffles.
Grey & Blackwater holding tanks: Total capacity of 110 gals. GRP holding tank – with Jabsco macerator pump for overboard discharge.
Twin Raymarine E140W widescreen multi-function chart plotter/GPS/fish finder/radar for each helm. Raymarine 48nm digital radar with open array scanner. Raymarine Raystar 125 GPS sensor. Raymarine echo sounder. Raymarine ST8002 auto pilot with twin controls (one lower helm and one at upper helm) and SPX-10 Corepack with Gyro Raymarine Ray55E VHF marine radio fitted to both lower and upper helms with two VHF aerials. Auto anchor chain counters x 2. Equipment manuals. Owners manual.
Flybridge: Centre helm station. Twin Raymarine E140W widescreen chart plotters/GPS/fish finder/radar.
Raymarine ST8002 auto pilot. Chromed Cummins Smartcraft DTS electronic engine/gear controls. Bow & stern thruster control. Controls for Bennett hydraulic trim tabs. Auto anchor chain counter. Full engine instrumentation and alarms. Compass. Horn.
Pilothouse: Complete engine instrumentation and alarms including engine hour meters. Twin Raymarine E140W widescreen chart plotters/GPS/fish finder/radar Raymarine ST8002 auto pilot. Bow & stern thruster control. Auto anchor chain counter. Overhead electronics console with custom panel showing vessel diagram with indicator lights for bilge pumps and navigation lights. Three electric wipers/washers. Controls for Bennett hydraulic trim tabs. Electric air horn with twin trumpets. Chromed Cummins Smartcraft DTS electronic engine/gear controls. Compass. Fuel and water gauges. AC/DC combined circuit breaker panel.
Galley: Large Neff microwave/convection oven in galley. Four-zone electric hob (AC) in galley worktop. 2 x 240V/DC fridges (one with icebox). Galley bench top in Staron with double stainless steel sink and tap. 240V galley exhaust fan.
Heads/Showers: 2 x WCs. Hand held hot/cold fresh water shower to aft cockpit.
Heating & Ventilation: • Engine room air vents and 24V DC electric extractor fan. • 2 x Cruisair 16,000 BTU reverse cycle for saloon. • 1 x Cruisair 16,000 BTU reverse cycle for pilothouse/galley. • 1 x Cruisair 12,000 BTU reverse cycle for master cabin. • 1 x Cruisair 16,000 BTU reverse cycle shared between guests cabins.
Entertainment: Clarion AM/FM stereo CD player/iPod/USB connection; waterproof speakers on flybridge and aft deck. Free-standing portable TV/DVD player. Portable Yamaha docking station and speakers. Ceiling mounted A/V wiring to master and bow cabins.
Lighting: Navigation lights – mast, stern, port, starboard and anchor – 24V DC. LED lighting throughout. Lazarette lighting – 24V DC and 240V AC . Engine room lighting – four 240V AC and 24V DC.
Summary of Accommodation: • Stainless steel portholes in hull with deadlights and insect screens. • Stainless steel deck hatch on main deck for VIP guest cabin, with insect screens. • Four opening stainless steel sliding windows in saloon and galley with inside insect screens. • Starboard and port side bulwark doors. • Timber interior soles throughout except engine room – non-slip to lazarette. • Moulded stairs from aft deck to flybridge with teak treads and LED lights.
Description of layout from forwards:
Forward Guest Cabin: Queen size island bed with storage drawer in front. 6/8”sprung mattress. Air-conditioning outlets. Two hanging lockers with automatic light Insect screens on port-holes. Timber sole. 24V down-lights.
Port Guest Cabin: Double berth to port. 6/8”sprung mattress. Air-conditioning outlets. Hanging locker with automatic light. Insect screens on port-holes. Timber sole. 24V down-lights. 24V Prebit reading lights x 2. 240V AC outlets.
Guest Heads Compartment: All white GRP interior walls in shower ceiling. Mirrored cabinet. Separate large shower with safety glass shower screen and teak floor. Large GRP sump tank for shower. Staron counter top with quality sink and tap. Mirror with light. Tecma electric freshwater and saltwater vacu-flush toilet. “Y” valve for direct discharge or pump to holding tank. 24V down-lights. 24V ventilator fan.
Pilothouse: Hard wood flooring. Two pantographing doors (port and starboard) to side decks. Custom leather sofa (can extend to form passage berth) to pilothouse. Chart storage. Chart reading lights x 2. Premium helm chair. Beech stairway down to accommodation.
Saloon/Galley: Galley storage – various sized drawers. Saloon lounge – Custom leather sofas with height-adjustable beech table with extending leaves. Storage under sofas. Insect screens on all opening windows Wooden Venetian blinds on saloon windows. 240V AC UK 3-pin outlets throughout. Air-conditioning outlets. Timber sole. Lighting – overhead 24V DC down-lights. Stainless steel stacking aft door from saloon to aft deck.
Master Stateroom – Midships: Island queen bed with storage drawers under. 6/8” sprung mattress. Insect screens on all opening portholes and hatch. Large custom beech vanity/dresser. Air-conditioning control panel. Air-conditioning outlets. Hanging wardrobe with automatic lighting. Storage lockers. 24V down-lights. 24V Prebit reading lights x 2 (one either side of bed). 240V AC outlets. Timber sole.
Master En-suite Heads Compartment: All white GRP interior walls in shower with GRP seat and teak grating. Beech vanity and cabinet. Wood flooring in ensuite. Safety glass shower screen. Staron counter top with high quality sink and tap. Mirror with light. Storage drawers. 24V down-lights. Tecma fresh and salt water electric vacu-flush toilet. “Y” valve for direct discharge or pump to holding tank. 24V ventilator fan. 240V AC outlets.
Self-draining cockpit. Two hatches – access to lazarette with gas struts and stainless steel latch. Stainless steel steps with teak tread to lazarette from aft deck. Shore power inlet (AC). Lighting – 24V DC overhead. Moulded GRP seating. Two transom boarding doors with steps from swim platform. Wash down taps - seawater and fresh water.
Lazarette: Access to engine room. Large storage.
General: Two lockers with access from hatches on deck to foredeck. Two GRP transom doors with steps from swim platform. Stainless steel swimming ladder (swing-down type). Storage space in swim platform. Hatch in aft deck with gas struts for access to lazarette. Fresh and sea water wash down taps on bow and aft deck.
Flybridge: Premium adjustable helm chair to flybridge. GRP housing for navigation lights. Stainless steel windshield frame with tinted acrylic. Flybridge GRP cabinet with hinged top, housing sink, icemaker and fridge. Two GRP tables with stainless steel posts to flybridge. Side seats convert to two large sunpads.
Anchoring & Mooring Equipment: Twin stainless steel rollers through bow for anchoring. Anchor – 80lb stainless steel plough anchor with 100m of galvanized anchor chain. Anchor winch – Muir, controlled from three stations with overload protection circuit breaker, up/down foot switch on foredeck with auto anchor chain counters to both helms. Cleats and fairleads – stainless steel 2 on bow, 2 midships, 2 to aft quarters and 2 through transom. Spliced mooring lines x 4. Fenders with spliced lines x 8. 50 m tow chain to lazarette.
Covers, Canvas & Cushions: Removable cushions in Sunbrella at flybridge. Bimini canvas to flybridge on over-sized stainless steel frame. Foredeck sun cushions and other deck cushions in grey striped Sunbrella fabric.
Tender & Outboard: 2012 HYP 3.3m RIB tender. 2012 Yamaha F20BEPS with 6703 control box, prop . 1000lbs electric lifting davit – 24V/12V to aft flybridge deck.
Safety Equipment: Full MCA coding equipment.
Fire-fighting equipment: Manual/automatic engine room Seafire firefighting system. Portable extinguishers in saloon/galley and in each cabin. Fire blanket for galley.