Boat Review: Mikelson 64

Mikelson has designed the 64 to be the largest boat possible that can be handled by two people, while maximizing the interior space and accommodations.

The concept for Mikelson's new 64-foot model is a simple one. Mikelson has designed the 64 to be the largest boat possible that can be handled by two people, while maximizing the interior space and accommodations. This design is an offshoot of the company's successful 72- and 78-foot models.

The Mikelson's 19-1/2-foot beam and full-body hull dwarf similar-sized boats, both inside and out. Inside, the full-width master stateroom, split-level salon and uniquely luxurious bridge set the 64 apart from other boats in the class. The wide beam makes possible a 210-square-foot cockpit, as well as Mikelson's trademark Lanai deck with day head overlooking the pit. Outside, the wide hull gives the boat a low center of gravity that provides a stable fishing platform that's resistant to windage.

Though she's a "big-for-her-size" boat, the efficient Tom Fexas hull design requires less horsepower to plane and provides highly efficient performance. With her standard 800-hp 3406E Caterpillars, the 64 will reach a top speed of 25 knots. With an upgrade to 1,150-hp diesels, the Mikelson tops 30 knots. Compare that to the 1,350 horsepower most boats of similar size require to reach 30 knots and you'll quickly realize that this hull, when combined with a voluminous 1,500 gallons of fuel capacity, gives its owner true long-range capability. (Transoceanic travelers have the option of upgrading fuel capacity to as much as 2,500 gallons.)

The molded fiberglass flybridge features a circular settee and table that will seat six guests, and more guest seating complements the forward wraparound helm console. Twin Murray Brothers helm chairs and a refrigerator/ice maker will keep everyone comfortable, and an aft control station keeps the captain in complete control of a hot fight.

Crewmen will be equally prepared for battle, thanks to the double bait tank system, in-deck fish boxes, transom door and tackle prep center. A recessed handheld shower with hot and cold fresh water and comfortable seating on the Lanai deck will keep everyone cool.

Mikelson uses the most modern materials available in constructing its hulls, including Knytex fiberglass and Divinycell PVC. Inside, handcrafted joinery and custom interior plans give the boats a yacht-quality finish. The 64's standard interior arrangement is a three-stateroom and three-head plan that features a full-beam master amidships, guest stateroom in the forepeak and a crew's bunk at the aft end of the engine room.