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Old 29-03-2017, 14:20   #1
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Which 50' pod drive coupe is best?

I'm not sure if this is the right forum for my question but here it goes. If you were buying a 50 foot MY with Volvo pod drives and didn't want a flybridge which builder is the best?

A little bit about me ... I do my boating year round in south FL, Bahamas, Caribbean and cross the Gulf Stream several times a year?
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Re: Which 50' pod drive coupe is best?

IMHO, the best builder is the one that doesn't use IPS drives at all. But if that's what you're set on, I hope you find what you're looking for, they're just not my cup of tea.
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Old 29-03-2017, 18:46   #3
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IMHO, the best builder is the one that doesn't use IPS drives at all. But if that's what you're set on, I hope you find what you're looking for, they're just not my cup of tea.
Thanks for your help ...

If anyone else wishes to be of more help I look forward to it.
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Old 29-03-2017, 18:52   #4
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I'm not sure if this is the right forum for my question but here it goes. If you were buying a 50 foot MY with Volvo pod drives and didn't want a flybridge which builder is the best?

A little bit about me ... I do my boating year round in south FL, Bahamas, Caribbean and cross the Gulf Stream several times a year?
Given your requirements it would be a Palm Beach 50 for me.
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Given your requirements it would be a Palm Beach 50 for me.
That boat looks sweet. Think it should check all the boxes for the OP.

On the other hand, I believe the Hinkley Talaria offers the Volvo pod drives as an option. Can't go wrong with Maine craftsmanship.
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Given your requirements it would be a Palm Beach 50 for me.
Thanks for your suggestion its a pretty boat and seems like a winner in the quality department but no option for full beam aft stateroom and not quite the layout for me.
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Re: Which 50' pod drive coupe is best?

Does it have to be Volvo? Mercruiser makes pod drives as well. Are you specifically looking for joystick control? They are making twin shaft drives with bow and stern thrusters work with joysticks nowadays as well.
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That boat looks sweet. Think it should check all the boxes for the OP.

On the other hand, I believe the Hinkley Talaria offers the Volvo pod drives as an option. Can't go wrong with Maine craftsmanship.
Let me begin by saying that I have always owned boats with the master stateroom in the bow of the boat - my latest boat being a 44'. In my years of boating experience I find that while at anchor in waters that are not calm or while underway at a easy pace such as a 7-10kt cruise sleeping is challenging at best. I have a feeling that this wouldn't be a problem if the master stateroom was mid-ship full beam. Can anyone out there who has a boat with that type of layout give me some first-hand advice on that?

The Hinckley Talaria while being a beautiful boat once again only has a master stateroom in the bow. Now if your definition of boating is sleeping on your boat while it's at a dock or going out on day trips or perhaps a weekend trip then I suppose you can deal with the bow slap while trying to sleep. But if you're definition of boating is going out on trips at a minimum of 10 days at a time you'd like to have some basic comforts.

What say you oh knowledgeable big boating public?
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Does it have to be Volvo? Mercruiser makes pod drives as well. Are you specifically looking for joystick control? They are making twin shaft drives with bow and stern thrusters work with joysticks nowadays as well.
I may consider Mercruiser but find that the integrated Volvo system is pretty damn sweet. What boat did you have in mind?
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Re: Which 50' pod drive coupe is best?

I think Sabre makes a "coupe" model (or two or three) that have pod drives and full beam master staterooms.

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Re: Which 50' pod drive coupe is best?

Just to clarify ... by "coupe" I mean express cruiser type or any enclosed boat which is not a flybridge.
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Re: Which 50' pod drive coupe is best?

I took a Sabre express 42 from Florida to Maine last year. It had a full beam master stateroom in the bow, and was well built. You can't really put the master stateroom near the stern, due to the machinery. The boat wasn't designed to sleep on at speed, because the fuel tankage will not take you anywhere near 24 hours unless you slow down to 7 knots. The Mercruiser Pod drives were easy to operate, but they are going to be very expensive to maintain.
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Just to clarify ... by "coupe" I mean express cruiser type or any enclosed boat which is not a flybridge.

Yep. I think the Sabre 54' express is the smallest they make with a full beam master... amidships.

Full beam master in the bow... is just a bow master, not the same as a full beam amidships.

There's probably a minimum length where a full beam master amidships will work, but it's probably 50' or above somewhere.

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Re: Which 50' pod drive coupe is best?

A stainless steel shaft with a prop on it is going to survive decades in salt water.
An engine and gearbox isolated from salt water is also
Going to survive decades.
Ask the same questions of any Pod?
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Re: Which 50' pod drive coupe is best?

Here are a few to check out that have full been stateroom.
Prestige yachts
Cruisers inc
Tiara
Lots more, not sure of your price range?
Also look on boattest dot com as there are lots of mid ship staterooms now.

If you are looking at used you do not want an IPS boat built before 2010, verify it is a version 2 or 3 IPS600 there were issues with first version IPS pods, water intrusion into the pod and transmission away, sealing ring between hull and pod, sea strainer cover leaking, overheating issues. And very costly to fix. Annual maintenance is over 1k per pod if I remember reading correctly, Mercury Cummins Zeus pod is cheaper to operate and no issues of water intrusion into the pod. We have been looking at Prestige 550 fly great layout. I've been looking for a better quality built boat just can't do the jump to Hatteras 60 yacht.

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