Green­line 48 FC

Boating NZ - - Contents - BY JOHN EICHELSHEIM

An­other beauty from the Slove­nia fac­tory, the Green­line is a solid cruiser guar­an­teed to serve a good time for all.

The first Green­line 48 Fly­bridge Cruiser in the coun­try, Kiwi Green was pur­chased from the fac­tory in Slove­nia and then cruised for sev­eral weeks through the Adri­atic by own­ers Richard and Susie War­den­burg. She was shipped here in time for the Auck­land On Wa­ter Boat Show.

Kiwi Green is an open fly­bridge model, ideal for Mediter­ranean cruis­ing, but with her easy-to-erect bi­mini-style canopy, she’s sur­pris­ingly prac­ti­cal for New Zealand’s cli­mate too, at least dur­ing sum­mer. On a fine spring day, we drove the boat from the fly­bridge with the canopy down, en­joy­ing the fresh air and sun­shine, and while a lit­tle brac­ing, it was worth it for the views.

The prin­ci­pal helm sta­tion in the sa­loon en­joys ex­cel­lent all-round vi­sion, as well as the ben­e­fit of a slid­ing side door to walka­round side decks. This makes dock­ing so much eas­ier, says Richard, who dur­ing his Adri­atic cruise found he could man­age the boat sin­gle-handed in most sit­u­a­tions.

Twin-screws and Side­power bow and stern thrusters cer­tainly make the Green­line easy to han­dle dock­side. Get­ting on and off is easy, too, ei­ther via the tran­som with its ex­tra-deep stern plat­form or through the bul­wark door on the star­board side.

Green­line is prob­a­bly best known for its range of hy­brid boats. As lo­cal agents for the brand, the War­den­burgs have sold sev­eral hy­brid mod­els here. The 48’s avail­able as a hy­brid too, but this time they opted for con­ven­tional power – twin Cum­mins 380hp diesels, which are de-rated ver­sions of Cum­mins’ 6.7-litre en­gine.

How­ever, the War­den­burgs chose el­e­ments of the hy­brid pack­age, in­clud­ing a bank of so­lar pan­els and high-spec bat­ter­ies. There is a genset on­board, but Richard reck­ons you sel­dom need to turn it on, the com­bi­na­tion of so­lar charg­ing and high-per­for­mance lithium bat­ter­ies tak­ing care of the ves­sel’s elec­tric­ity needs most of the time.

Kiwi Green has plenty of ex­tras, courtesy of the Green­line op­tions list. The cou­ple wanted a com­pre­hen­sively equipped ves­sel, so they in­cluded a Spec­tra wa­ter­maker, genset, wash­ing ma­chine-dryer, re­verse cy­cle air­con­di­tion­ing/heat­ing and an ex­tended range fuel tank.

They also wanted the ex­tra-large swim plat­form, re­move­able stain­less-steel plat­form rail­ings, teak ta­bles (with match­ing fold­ing chairs) for the cock­pit and fly­bridge, fresh­wa­ter-flush toi­lets (thus the wa­ter­maker) and a sin­gle berth in the lazarette, which in Kiwi Green is a lower-specced ver­sion of the aft skip­per’s cabin op­tion.

Ac­cessed via a hatch and lad­der un­der the seat at the rear of the cock­pit, it was very use­ful when Richard’s adult chil­dren and their part­ners joined the boat in Croatia, with one cou­ple shar­ing the bunk and a blow-up mat­tress on the lazarette floor.

This is a three-cabin model (plus the skip­per’s berth in the lazarette) with three bath­rooms, two of them en­suite and the third semi-en­suite off the star­board guest cabin. All cabins are large. Both guest cabins are iden­ti­cal, with twin berths, very comfy mat­tresses and in­fills to turn them into

good-sized dou­bles. The port guest cabin has its own en­suite bath­room while the star­board cabin’s bath­room is also the day head. Guest cabins don’t have sep­a­rate shower cab­i­nets but are equipped with shower cur­tains.

The mas­ter cabin in the bow is the big­gest of the three, with an is­land berth and plenty of in­built stor­age. Roomy and nicely ap­pointed, big win­dows at head height plus ports lower down let in plenty of light and there’s air-con­di­tion­ing for those hot sum­mer nights. The en­suite bath­room is split into two sep­a­rate spa­ces, one for the toi­let and the other for the shower.

By util­is­ing the sa­loon and the skip­per’s cabin in the boot, the War­den­burgs slept as many as 10 aboard Kiwi Green, but six or seven is more re­al­is­tic.

JUST RE­LAX

The way the Green­line 48 is con­fig­ured screams ‘chill out’. She’s a supremely prac­ti­cal live­aboard cruiser, as the War­den­burg fam­ily ex­pe­ri­enced first-hand dur­ing their 2.5 months in the Adri­atic. There are so many re­lax­ing zones on this ves­sel, from the ‘wet area’ com­pris­ing the mas­sive swim plat­form with its side-mounted board­ing lad­der, to the ex­pan­sive fly­bridge up­per deck.

The cock­pit is the ob­vi­ous din­ing zone when sum­mer boat­ing, though there will be times when din­ing ‘up top’ is pre­ferred. That way you are handy to the BBQ and the bar fridge on the up­per deck. There are cer­tainly plenty of seat­ing op­tions up there, as well as a huge sunbed.

The cock­pit is shel­tered from rain and sun

The way the Green­line 48 is con­fig­ured screams ‘chill out’.

by the up­per deck over­hang, so it’s use­able in most weather. There’s a hot and cold cock­pit fresh­wa­ter shower for rins­ing off af­ter a swim. With the bi-fold doors open and the large hinged rear win­dow in the up po­si­tion, there’s ex­cel­lent flow be­tween the cock­pit and sa­loon, in­clud­ing a servery bar area. Fold­ing chairs pro­vide flex­i­ble seat­ing and the teak cock­pit ta­ble eas­ily seats six.

Solid teak-capped bul­warks wrap right around the ves­sel, and like the cock­pit, the walk­ways down each side are shel­tered by the up­per deck over­hang. Walk down ei­ther side of the sa­loon to the fore­deck to ac­cess the ground tackle, a Delta an­chor and all-chain rode.

For’ard, the cabin top is set up as a huge sunbed with re­clin­ing back­rests and a fold­ing bi­mini for shade. A Quick cap­stan, inset into the fore­deck at one end of a moulded chan­nel for the chain, can be op­er­ated from ei­ther helm sta­tion or from the bow.

At night, or when the weather is too un­pleas­ant for re­lax­ing out­doors, the Green­line 48 eas­ily ac­com­mo­dates the en­tire crew in­side the sa­loon. Huge, deep-waisted win­dows pro­vide great sight­lines and make the space feel vast.

The good-sized gal­ley is aft and fea­tures Co­rian benches, an elec­tric in­duc­tion hob, un­der-bench con­vec­tion/ mi­crowave oven and a large fridge and pantry op­po­site. A dish-drawer is one op­tion the War­den­burgs didn’t tick, “be­cause do­ing the dishes is very so­cial!”

So­cia­bil­ity is a notable fea­ture of this boat and the theme con­tin­ues in the sa­loon. There’s plenty of seat­ing around the large sa­loon ta­ble, with space for three on the couch op­po­site as well. The seats all have stor­age un­der­neath.

A flat-screen TV emerges from be­hind the set­tee on the star­board side, which is also where the head-unit for the Fusion stereo sys­tem is lo­cated. The ves­sel’s main switch­board is straight ahead through the sa­loon door.

The War­den­burgs de­parted from the more usual light oak and teak tim­ber fin­ish for Kiwi Green, in­stead choos­ing ‘su­pery­acht’ wal­nut trim. A new op­tion for Green­line, it looks classy and com­pli­ments the rest of the boat’s in­te­rior fin­ishes.

LAID-BACK CRUIS­ING

The Green­line 48 con­tin­ues to utilise what the com­pany terms a ‘su­per-dis­place­ment’ hull form, de­vel­oped for ef­fi­ciency with spe­cific ref­er­ence to elec­tric/hy­brid propul­sion.

While Kiwi Green is not a hy­brid, she ben­e­fits from a very flat fuel burn (litres per nau­ti­cal mile) across the rev range, ex­cel­lent fuel econ­omy and a de­cent turn of speed. With her long wa­ter­line length, the 16-tonne boat loves to cruise at 8-9 knots, but 16 knots (70 litres per hour) is fine too and so is 20 knots (100lph). Top speed with th­ese en­gines is 25 knots in light ship – 23 knots as re­viewed – but with ap­pro­pri­ate power the 48 will ex­ceed 30 knots.

Kiwi Green pos­i­tively purrs at 16 knots. She is very quiet with the sa­loon closed up and very dry too, ac­cord­ing to Richard, who also praised how stiff she feels es­pe­cially into a head sea. Both helm sta­tions have a full com­ple­ment of in­stru­ments, elec­tron­ics and com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment.

There’s suf­fi­cient con­sole space at the main sta­tion for a cou­ple of large-screen MFDS, but Kiwi Green makes do with a more mod­est 12-inch Ray­ma­rine unit, a sep­a­rate Si­ma­rine dis­play and a large Cum­mins en­gine data dis­play panel. AIS is an­other op­tion the War­den­burgs ticked, which was handy in the crowded wa­ters of the Adri­atic.

The au­topi­lot, thrusters, trim tab con­trols, VHF and throt­tle and shift fall eas­ily to hand, but there’s dash­board space to spare down­stairs – up­stairs the in­stru­ments and con­trols bet­ter fill the con­sole.

En­try to the en­gine room is via a cock­pit hatch and lad­der. There’s rea­son­able ac­cess around the en­gines, which trans­fer power to the pro­pel­lers through v-drives and shafts, and the ma­chin­ery space is well laid out.

There cer­tainly isn’t stand­ing room and the long-range fuel tank be­tween the two en­gines fur­ther re­duces head­room, but it’s not a crawl space ei­ther. The main fuel tanks are for­ward across the bulk­head. Reach­ing all the ser­vice points, bat­tery banks down ei­ther side, fuel dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem, air con­di­tion­ing com­pres­sor, genset and other ma­chin­ery is easy enough.

Since ar­riv­ing here, Kiwi Green has ac­quired a full set of car­pets, which add a bit of warmth to the in­te­rior for win­ter boat­ing. Loosely fit­ted, they are eas­ily re­moved, ex­pos­ing tim­ber lam­i­nate floor­ing. To ac­cess the washer-dryer and utility room un­der the sa­loon sole, it’s a sim­ple mat­ter to pull the car­pet aside.

LOVES PEO­PLE

With her long wa­ter­line length and gen­er­ous in­te­rior vol­ume, the Green­line 48 FC is a big boat – at first look, peo­ple don’t be­lieve it’s only 15m long, says Richard. All that vol­ume means lots of space with sev­eral en­ter­tain­ing op­tions. Three bath­rooms is a real bonus, too, es­pe­cially when cruis­ing with two or more fam­i­lies.

With the abil­ity to com­fort­ably sleep six or seven while cruis­ing or ac­com­mo­date many more fam­ily and friends for day trips, she can also be en­joyed by a cou­ple, since she’s so easy to han­dle.

While the open fly­bridge will get only sum­mer use in New Zealand, the sa­loon is so spa­cious and of­fers such great vis­i­bil­ity, it’s no hard­ship watch­ing the scenery slip by from down­stairs. And when the weather is good, the fly­bridge is a great place to be, whether helm­ing the boat, soak­ing up a bit of sun­shine, en­ter­tain­ing a bunch of friends at an­chor or cook­ing up a storm on the BBQ.

The Green­line 48FC is all about peo­ple.

Kiwi Green has plenty of ex­tras, courtesy of the Green­line op­tions list.

FAR LEFT The fly­bridge is vast. It’s a log­i­cal place to en­ter­tain on a warm evening, es­pe­cially since that’s where the BBQ is lo­cated.

LEFT So­lar pan­els and up­graded bat­ter­ies mean Kiwi Green sel­dom needs to run her gen­er­a­tor.

ABOVE The swim plat­form is ex­tra-wide. Stain­less steel rails can be re­moved for eas­ier ac­cess to the wa­ter, but are great when fish­ing from the plat­form.

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