A CLOSER LOOK OF THE MANHATTAN 66 SLIDING HELM SEATS
BEACH CLUB PACKAGE
First spotted on the Manhattan 52 ( MBY, Nov 2016), the dropdown stern seat, the folding BBQ and the fixed, full-height shower that unfolds neatly from the transom add greatly to the versatility of the bathing platform. Simple but effective, each of the twin helm seats is mounted on a fore-and-aft slider, as you would expect, and on another turned through 90º. This allows them to move from side to side, and out of the way when you want to use the side door.
With a main deck galley sited aft, it’s important that it communicates directly with the cockpit. The cockpit doors are in three sections, each of which slides neatly out of the way to starboard behind the flybridge steps, opening up the main deck.
A hatch in the cockpit sole reveals a tightly-packed but tidy machinery space. As with the Manhattan 52, the 66 comes with either shafts on V-drive transmissions – which are deeply buried for servicing – or IPS drives. The engines stay where they are in either case, with long jackshafts fitted to connect the IPS drives. Filters are fairly accessible on the forward bulkhead, while the fuel tanks are also mounted forward, with the genset on the port side.