Powered by twin Caterpillar C32 ACERT 1,925 hp, this 64-footer cruises
September 22, 2015
Titan Custom Yachts owner Russ Garufi had worked with Roop Yacht Architecture & Design going back to his first boat in 2003. “There were a few goals we strived to achieve with the hull design of the 64,” says Darron Roop. “Russ wanted to maintain a draft that would clear shallow bars, so we incorporated moderately deep tunnels with a close tip clearance for the five-blade Veem props to achieve a 5-foot-3-inch draft. Russ also wanted the boat to run fast, but he wanted a comfortable ride at speed. We accomplished this by adding more shape and deadrise to key areas of the bottom, which resulted in a fast cruise without pounding and a top speed of 40 knots.” The 64 looks like a bigger boat, probably owing to the 19-foot-2-inch beam. The rake of house and bridge as it rises from the wide foredeck gives it that sleek, classic custom-yacht look. The fairing work and paint are first class, and the cockpit and mezzanine are finished with teak that, along with the teak covering boards, enhances the classic look.
Engine Room of Titan 64
Accessed via a clever cockpit hatch, ladder and waterproof bulkhead door, the engine room houses a pair of 1,925 hp Cat C32 ACERT diesels. A white powder-coated tool chest sits against the forward bulkhead, with engine gauge panels remotely mounted above it. Fuel filters also reside on the bulkhead forward of each engine for ease of maintenance, along with the Mastervolt battery charger, which feeds two banks of compact Northstar deep-cycle batteries located in cabinets outboard of the engines. Another cabinet provides storage for a full complement of spare filters. Two Westerbeke 21 kw generators sit aft of the engines, each capable of powering all systems on the boat. Aft of the engine room is the Seakeeper gyro. Garufi is a stickler for making all mechanical components that require service easily accessible, and to that end he included a hidden lift-out section of the cockpit deck over the gyro to facilitate the 10,000-hour service. That’s thinking ahead.Courtesy TItan
Performance of Titan 64
Minutes after leaving the slip, we were pushing into 3- to 5-foot seas driven by a southeast wind. Garufi wanted to demonstrate the performance of the Seakeeper, so he put the boat broadside to the heave and it began to roll. Then he engaged the Seakeeper and the boat settled in a matter of seconds, with 90 percent of the roll eliminated by the gyro. Garufi said he would not build another Titan without a Seakeeper. We headed offshore a couple of miles to put the boat through its paces. Garufi cut a hard circle at 25 knots that was not more than 300 feet in circumference, with the boat leaning modestly into the turn. The big Cats pushed the boat from a slow troll to a 32- to 34-knot cruise in seconds, and the hull responded to the rudders quickly and without any surprises. When it came time to wring it out, the boat ran to 40 knots without hesitation. The Titan 64 is built with construction techniques that go above and beyond to provide a level of performance, safety and reliability that will withstand many years of navigating an unforgiving sea. She cruises and fishes with predictable grace and comfort. — Adapted from Boat Review: Boat Review: Titan 64 by Gary Caputi