70' Real Ships Island Expedition 1995
This 1995/2012 Real Ships was designed by Jay Benford Design Group of Easton, Maryland and fabricated at Custom Steel Boats of Merritt, NC, located on the Bay River in North Carolina. Jay Benford Design has been in business since 1969 and is a highly regarded Naval Architect. Custom Steel Boats has been a family owned, multi-generational business since 1981 and is well known for both commercial and recreational steel and aluminum construction.Additionally, the 8' hull extension completed in 2012 was accomplished with design drawings from Jay Benford Design Group with the goal of enhancing their original design while maintaining the vessels unique profile. For the past twelve years, IMPERVIOUS has been the private yacht belonging to the owner of a successful marine repair facility in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Impervious features all the luxury and modernization of a new boat. After initially buying the vessel and cruising for 2yrs, the owner knew exactly how he wanted to make IMPERVIOUS the perfect "Island Expedition" vessel.This was accomplished over a 4-year refit period completed in 2012 with the hull extended 8'. During that time the owner continued using the boat and subsequently upgrading systems to improve performance and functionality with an emphasis on serviceability and ease of maintenance. IMPERVIOUS is unique in its design and layout with multiple decks providing the space of a much larger yacht. This spacious vessel is simple to own and operate for a yacht of this size and class. From the bilges to the boat deck – fore to aft – this boat shows like new.The refit included installation of a 2nd generator, upgrading stabilizers, re-engineering the exhaust system, new electronics suite with NMEA 2000 integration of original analog system, new watermaker, aft deck refit with integrated fiberglass seating with storage underneath and expanded barbecue grill and rotisserie area. The Salon and Pilothouse had new "African Teak" wood floors installed and "New England Beadboard" ceiling with improved LED lighting. The laundry facility was expanded and crews quarters improved, all new freshwater system, and batteries upgraded to AGM.The galley was modernized with new cabinets, appliances, and improved seating. Also completed in 2012 was painting the entire hull and superstructure, and most significantly, the 8 ft hull extension from designs provided by the original architect, Jay Benford, which added another 500 gallons of fuel capacity. This 8 feet hull extension created a very spacious aft deck entertainment area and very easy access to the now enormous lower aft deck via a custom stainless steel staircase. The present owner tows a 26' Mako middle console when traveling the Bahamas and this lower aft deck created by the hull extension makes towing, rafting the tender alongside, and getting people and equipment safely on and off the launch an easy and fun operation.The high-quality of workmanship and equipment that went into the refit of IMPERVIOUS make it a vast departure from production boats, and accomplish the goal of being a true "yacht" that is very economical to operate and maintain, can be self-sufficient for extended periods of time and can easily and safely tow a large tender for fishing, diving, and shore excursions.Being experienced Yachtsmen themselves, the owners have created a step by step underway check list that makes operating the yacht a straight forward proposition for even the less experienced boater.With all systems functional, operational and well documented this vessel is ready to take the next lucky owner on their own "Island Expedition".
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March 8 2017 on Atlantic Yacht & Ship, Inc. (via YachtWorld)