BOATS OF IN­TER­EST

This curvy con­vert­ible will de­light at the dock and out on the blue wa­ter

Marlin - - CONTENTS - BY CAPT. TOM SOUTHWARD

Win­ter Cus­tom Yachts 60

I met Tim Win­ter and Capt. Rocky Hardi­son in More­head City, North Carolina, as Win­ter was fin­ish­ing up the last de­tails prior to de­liv­er­ing Wolverine, his new­est 60-footer, to the Fletcher fam­ily, and be­fore it made its public de­but at the Palm Beach Boat Show in March.

Wolverine’s curved tran­som, flow­ing bro­ken shear line ac­cen­tu­ated by her in­ter­me­di­ate bumper, and beau­ti­ful Carolina flare met my ex­pec­ta­tions the mo­ment I stepped on the dock. The sight of Hull No. 22 from Win­ter Cus­tom Yachts trig­gered the spe­cial place in my heart for cus­tom Carolina boats. I had watched the progress of the build for the past few months and ea­gerly awaited step­ping aboard the beau­ti­ful rig to see what Win­ter had done with his lat­est cre­ation.

“We built Wolverine to be a trav­el­ing boat as well as a fam­ily boat. They will fish tour­na­ments as a fam­ily, and it’s not im­por­tant to them whether they win or lose, as long as they’re all spend­ing time to­gether,” says Win­ter. “Wolverine will spend time in the Ba­hamas, and then fish the tour­na­ments in

North Carolina and Ber­muda. She will head for the Pa­cific next year. The Fletch­ers wanted a boat ca­pa­ble of ex­ten­sive travel with ex­tra fuel, the abil­ity to fish for mul­ti­ple species, and all the ameni­ties of home so they can live aboard.”

COCK­PIT

Wolverine’s cock­pit is built to al­low the fam­ily to have plenty of room to fish and have a good time to­gether. A Re­lease Ma­rine chair with a mas­sive eight-hole rocket launcher and tray is the cen­ter­piece of the cock­pit.

Win­ter is a man of de­tails: He placed tuna tubes on both the port and star­board gun­wales with lids that are a pos­i­tive fit into the tuna tubes. This sim­ple de­sign el­e­ment will elim­i­nate rat­tling and move­ment while un­der­way. There are also tuna tubes on the tran­som within the com­bi­na­tion livewell/ fish box. The mez­za­nine is com­plete with gaff, mop and chamois stor­age be­low the seat, and also fea­tures cock­pit freez­ers on both sides. There is ad­di­tional stor­age, in­clud­ing a teak tackle locker to star­board un­der the over­hang. The ice maker dumps into an up­per com­part­ment be­neath the seat and flows down into a lower box within the step.

AC­COM­MO­DA­TIONS

Upon en­ter­ing the spa­cious sa­lon through the teak slid­ing door, you im­me­di­ately no­tice the beau­ti­ful teak ve­neer work, which was cut from the same log to pro­duce a con­sis­tent grain through­out the liv­ing ar­eas. A flat-screen TV is tucked in­side a teak cabi­net to star­board. The aft end of the cabi­net con­tains a stor­age area for cam­eras, and is heated by the en­gine room to min­i­mize lens fog­ging when travers­ing from the cool sa­lon to the cock­pit on a hot day. Built into the for­ward end of the cabi­net is a com­fort­able bucket jump seat fac­ing the L-shaped sofa to port. A raised set­tee sits for­ward on the star­board side. Be­low the set­tee are two draw­ers that can house an as­sort­ment of lures and teasers.

The gal­ley is for­ward to port and fea­tures a pair of

Sub-Zero re­frig­er­a­tor/ freezer com­bos. A Keurig cof­fee maker rises up from un­der the coun­ter­top to uti­lize space that is typ­i­cally wasted. A cook­top sits for­ward, along with a mi­crowave in the for­ward cab­i­nets; the up­per cab­i­nets con­tain cus­tom CNC-cut di­viders for cook­ware and pantry items.

The three state­rooms be­low are ac­cessed by a stair­way: To port is the mas­ter with a queen bed and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing bath with full-size shower. Mov­ing for­ward is an over/ un­der berth that is full of stor­age for rods, cloth­ing and linens, and the day head is just aft. A tackle/rod stor­age closet sits be­tween the laun­dry closet and the star­board bunkroom with three bunks. Typ­i­cally, bunks fold up to al­low ac­cess to stor­age, but Win­ter de­signed draw­ers onto the face of the bunks to make ac­cess­ing this us­able space eas­ier. Win­ter in­cor­po­rated an­other unique fea­ture that af­fords an ex­tra bunk: One of the lower bunks ex­tends be­low the stair­well to cre­ate an ad­di­tional sleep­ing area.

EN­GINE ROOM

The Sea­keeper 16 is lo­cated di­rectly be­low the ac­cess to the en­gine room from the mez­za­nine. Wolverine’s en­gine room is spa­cious, al­low­ing am­ple room to ac­cess the out­side of the en­gines. All wiring is con­cealed be­hind ac­ces­si­ble pan­els, cre­at­ing a clean, vis­ually ap­peal­ing snowwhite en­gine room. The dual 21.5 kW Cater­pil­lar gen­er­a­tors are aft of the en­gines and are eas­ily ac­cessed, just like the rest of the sys­tems on board.

BRIDGE

The helm con­sole sits port to cen­ter with a faux-teak elec­tron­ics con­sole, pod and dash. Win­ter typ­i­cally mounts the elec­tron­ics un­der a door, but Wolverine has three Sim­rad MO19-T mon­i­tors mounted to a black acrylic back­ground with two rows of Bo­cat­ech switches for pumps and lights, pro­duc­ing a sleek ar­ray of elec­tron­ics. A lid to port of the helm pod houses the Sim­rad au­topi­lot, trim tabs, FLIR cam­era and the VHF com­mand mics. Two Re­lease Ma­rine helm chairs sit be­hind the helm, and bench seat­ing is for­ward of the con­sole and on the star­board side of the bridge. A freezer un­der the for­ward bench can ac­com­mo­date plenty of bait or food for when the boat is trav­el­ing. Other handy fea­tures in­clude an air com­pres­sor to fill poly­balls, as well as a sep­a­rate wash­down for clean­ing the bridge af­ter a long day of fish­ing.

CON­STRUC­TION

Boat­build­ing meth­ods have ad­vanced in re­cent years, but many builders con­tinue to uti­lize ply­wood hulls. Wolverine is no ex­cep­tion, in­cor­po­rat­ing a triple-plank fir bot­tom and fir stringers. The re­main­der of the boat is con­structed from Diab closed-cell foam to cre­ate a strong and light struc­ture, and all of the hatches and hatch gut­ters are molded fiber­glass. All ar­eas of the boat are ven­ti­lated with forced air; Win­ter also uti­lizes an Arid dry-vac­uum sys­tem to keep all bilge ar­eas com­pletely dry.

PER­FOR­MANCE

A pair of 1,700 hp Cater­pil­lar C32 ACERT en­gines matched with ZF gears turns the set of Veem pro­pel­lers to pro­vide the power for Wolverine.

As we ap­proached Beau­fort In­let, Capt. Hardi­son eased the throt­tles for­ward, and she quickly raised out of the wa­ter and ac­cel­er­ated with no bow lift. She set­tled into her cruis­ing speed of 31-plus knots at 1,900 rpm while burn­ing 118 gph; wide open, Wolverine makes 42 knots at 2,360 rpm with a fuel burn of 180 gph. It was a calm day, so we were un­able to ob­serve how she han­dles in rough wa­ter. How­ever, as any Win­ter owner will at­test, the boat will ex­ceed your ex­pec­ta­tions in any sea con­di­tion.

“Wolverine is a cul­mi­na­tion of all I have learned in the pre­vi­ous 21 boats, and I could not be prouder,” said Win­ter as we re­turned to the dock. In the cus­tomboat­build­ing arena, Win­ter is prov­ing to be a hard worker with a tal­ented team of crafts­men seek­ing to learn and make each boat bet­ter than the last.

VISIT MARLINMAG.COM/ WIN­TER-CUS­TOM-WOLVERINE TO SEE AN EX­TENDED GALLERY AND VIDEO OF WOLVERINE.

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