Boat Review: Wanchese 68

Wanchese Boat Builders is nearing completion of its first hull, a 68-footer that will be powered by DDC/ MTU 16V2000 engines.

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Wanchese Boat Builders is nearing completion of its first hull, a 68-footer that will be powered by DDC/ MTU 16V2000 engines. Designed with traditional Carolina lines, the 68 will be built using cold-molding technology consisting of layers of okume plywood covered with fiberglass skins and West System epoxies. The result is a strong, lightweight hull that, when combined with 3,600 horsepower, will cruise at about 36 knots and top out at over 40.

The walk-in engine room will have a minimum of 6 feet 2 inches of headroom and contain only the engines, fuel filters and oil-change system. All other equipment, including a pair of 32-kw generators, will be housed in separate pump rooms aft of the engine compartment. The engine and pump rooms will be fully faired and painted with Awlgrip.

Accommodations include a master stateroom and guest stateroom, both with private head and shower. A separate day head and a pair of bunks are located in the companionway leading forward. The remaining space is used for hanging lockers, drawers and rod storage that will house up to 12 rods. The spacious salon will include a simple galley area and a spiral stairway leading to the bridge.

For more information, contact Wanchese Boat Builders, PO Box 689, Wanchese, NC 27981; 252-473-4775.

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