ON THE DRAW­ING BOARD

Marlin - - CONTENTS - BY AN­DREW COX

Xcel­er­a­tor Boat­works 64

The com­pany’s crown jewel is the largest build to date

Although Xcel­er­a­tor Boat­works may be a rel­a­tive new­comer to the list of Carolina boat­builders, the com­pany’s new 64-footer is draw­ing lots of at­ten­tion. Joel Kauff­man, the 31-year-old owner of Xcel­er­a­tor, and his team are chang­ing the nor­mal ap­proach to boat­build­ing by in­te­grat­ing tech­nol­ogy into every as­pect of the de­sign and con­struc­tion of their builds with the help of naval ar­chi­tect Jesse Rhodes. In do­ing so, they are cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for own­ers to be­come even more in­volved in the build process, as well as al­low­ing po­ten­tial own­ers to en­vi­sion the fi­nal prod­uct long be­fore the first board is cut. Kauff­man says, “I feel that tak­ing ad­van­tage of tech­nol­ogy is one thing that gives us a fight­ing chance at get­ting peo­ple to take a sec­ond look at our prod­uct.”

Kauff­man be­lieves the build of the 64 per­fectly suits the new gen­er­a­tion of cus­tomers who ap­pre­ci­ate and have come to ex­pect the same level of de­tails in their boats as they see in their homes and cars. But in do­ing so, he also re­al­izes that not all buy­ers fully un­der­stand the ben­e­fits of the in­tri­cate process that goes into con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing, de­sign­ing and, fi­nally, build­ing a boat with CAD soft­ware and com­puter mod­els un­til they have ex­pe­ri­enced it them­selves.

The 64-footer will be the sec­ond boat Kauff­man and his team have built for this par­tic­u­lar owner. “The first boat was a much smaller 22-foot bay boat, but that project al­lowed the clients to ex­pe­ri­ence how we did things — our busi­ness style, our cus­tomer ser­vice — through­out the en­tire process and to gain con­fi­dence in us to take on a big­ger project. So when they did de­cide to build a big­ger boat, they gave us a chance. And one of the coolest things about this build is how in­ter­ac­tive and in­volved they are, says Kauff­man. “The cus­tomer’s wife han­dles a bunch of in­te­rior de­sign for their other busi­nesses, and she has done a great job putting to­gether the in­te­rior of this boat to give it a truly per­sonal touch.”

The own­ers de­signed the boat to be a trav­el­ing op­er­a­tion, and they are plan­ning to fish her from Ber­muda to Mex­ico and all points in be­tween. The four state­rooms and three heads will pro­vide plenty of ac­com­mo­da­tions when un­der­way. “One thing that makes the 64 unique is the ef­fi­ciency of space in both the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior of the boat. To my knowl­edge, this will be the first cus­tom boat of its size with two state­rooms and two bunkrooms: The for­ward VIP will have a full-size queen berth rather than a V-berth bunk,” says Kauff­man.

The boat will be pow­ered by a pair of 1,800 hp MAN diesels and will also fea­ture a set of 21.5 kW North­ern Lights gensets. The own­ers opted for a full suite of Garmin elec­tron­ics at the helm on the bridge, as well as in the con­trol cen­ter in the full tower. Tech­nol­ogy is found through­out the boat, in­clud­ing the crew state­room that will have a 24-inch screen for mon­i­tor­ing on­board cam­eras, as well as an in­ter­face for on­board sys­tems and for op­er­at­ing the boat’s dig­i­tal switch­ing. The 64 is ex­pected to splash in early 2018 and de­but at the Palm Beach Boat Show in Florida.

The build process for the Xcel­er­a­tor Boat­works 64 in­cor­po­rates CAD soft­ware dur­ing the de­sign process to cre­ate a 3D model of the fi­nal out­come for the own­ers.

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