Test Notes

Power & Motor Yacht - - EXPOSURE -

THE FOURTH HATCH in that tran­som leads to a sur­pris­ingly spa­cious crew cabin—or vast stor­age area, if you pre­fer. From a safety point of view, the hatch opens out­wards and is hinged along the bot­tom edge—no wave is likely to dis­lodge it. But that also means you can’t leave it open in the rain.

THE 52 IS OF­FERED with a choice of prop shafts or IPS drives, al­though the en­gines are the same in ei­ther ap­pli­ca­tion, and they are mounted in the same place to help keep the boat’s cen­ter of grav­ity roughly where it should be. With the IPS drives in­stalled well aft, the en­gines are linked to them by jack­shafts run­ning be­neath the crew cabin. Ser­vice ac­cess prob­a­bly won’t be much fun, but the rest of the en­gine room is spa­cious and well or­ga­nized.

SUN­SEEKER EM­PLOYS hard-bit­ten pro­fes­sion­als as cap­tains. Our sea­trial skip­per was Mark, an ex-Royal Marine who served in both the Falk­lands cam­paign and the first Gulf War. His un­flap­pable de­meanor prob­a­bly had some­thing to do with the fact that for him every work­ing day since then has ba­si­cally been a hol­i­day.

LENGTH OVER­ALL is usu­ally a straight­for­ward mea­sure­ment, but not on the Manhattan 52. The stan­dard length in­cludes the broad bathing plat­form seen on the test boat, which as an op­tion can be hy­draulic. Need a slightly shorter boat? There is a shorter, fixed plat­form that re­duces length by 4 feet. None of the 83 cus­tomers have or­dered it.

The aft gal­ley serves the sa­loon dinette nicely, but it re­ally shines when opened up to the cock­pit.

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