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Run­ning shot of the brand-new 59 Coastal Pilot from Nord­havn Yachts. A for­mi­da­ble new en­try into the category, the 59 runs hap­pily be­tween 8 and 18 knots on a semi- dis­place­ment hull. Bot­tom: In­side the Coastal Pilot’s sa­loon/gal­ley fea­tures ex­cel­lent vis­i­bil­ity. Healthy amounts of gal­ley stor­age and seat­ing make for a com­fort­able long-term cruis­ing boat that is equally adept at en­ter­tain­ing a crowd.

the main deck, com­bin­ing the sa­loon, gal­ley, and pilothouse, of­ten achieved by mov­ing the pilothouse for­ward.

Large win­dows and hatches are an­other at­trac­tive ben­e­fit of restricted coastal use, cre­at­ing brighter, more invit­ing cab­ins and in­te­rior liv­ing spa­ces. Category A boats will typ­i­cally have smaller win­dows and hatches to with­stand the wa­ter pres­sure from large waves or board­ing seas. Also, be­cause category B and C boats are not de­signed to with­stand high seas and the po­ten­tial for large vol­umes of sea wa­ter on deck, de­sign­ers have more flex­i­bil­ity in ex­te­rior deck spa­ces and bul­warks. This may al­low more room for en­ter­tain­ing or out­door liv­ing. It also could open up space for a larger ten­der.

Run­ning closer to shore keeps coastal boaters in more con­tact with marine traf­fic and nav­i­ga­tional re­stric­tions than those in the open ocean. Stay­ing close to shore doesn’t al­ways mean stay­ing within the range of VHF ra­dio, and cer­tainly not al­ways within mo­bile phone ser­vice. A coastal cruiser needs to be equipped with the cor­rect hard­ware to com­mu­ni­cate with other marine traf­fic and sources of as­sis­tance, yet does not re­quire the re­dun­dan­cies of open-ocean boats. Two-way satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vices have be­come very pop­u­lar and com­pe­ti­tion along with in­creased use of these de­vices has con­sid­er­ably low­ered the pur­chase price and costs of op­er­a­tion.

Radar and AIS are very im­por­tant when op­er­at­ing close to shore. A coastal cruiser may not need the long-range of a large high-power radar, but of­ten good tar­get def­i­ni­tion and ob­ject sep­a­ra­tion come along with the larger sys­tems. Due to their more likely use around other marine traf­fic, much of which could be com­mer­cial, at a min­i­mum an AIS re­ceiver is rec­om­mended, and should ide­ally be an AIS trans­ceiver.

Dual nav­i­ga­tion and helm con­trols are com­mon among coastal cruis­ers, and own­ers spare lit­tle ex­pense with re­dun­dant elec­tron­ics, AIS, and other giz­mos of mod­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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