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West Bay SonShip 72 Sky Lounge

by Bruce Hedrick

SonShip72We found more evidence that the economy continues to rebound at one of our favorite builders up North, just across the border in Delta, BC. West Bay SonShip, established fortysix years ago by the Vermeulen family, has delivered more than 250 luxury motor yachts ranging in size from 45’ to 110’, but never have they been more excited to introduce and build this stunning new custom 72’ sky lounge vessel.

The exterior design and styling of the new 72′ West Bay SonShip is an easy and instinctive evolution from the incredibly successful 58’ pilot house, with nearly one hundred built and continuing to represent West Bay by maintaining a strong resell value in the brokerage market today.Sonship3

Utilizing their past experience, preparation and opportunity, when an existing 58’ client approached West Bay expressing a desire for a new custom SonShip, the Vermeulens were ready. Naturally the client was looking to extend the overall size and by adding a graceful Sky Lounge, additional length and beam and the wish list was created.

Focusing more space to the heart of the ship, the larger galley and country kitchen dinette allow for functional prep and ample entertaining space. The port guest stateroom now offers side by side berths and is no longer just for kids. The master stateroom is fit for a king and queen: king size bed, plenty of drawer chests and hanging locker space, and en suite head boasting his and her vanity.

It’s not only about increasing interior space; the West Bay design team revisited every aspect of form and function. The result is clean and current cabinetry, the latest interior finishes, the most up-to-date technology in ship systems and powered by the customer’s choice of Twin CAT C18 @ 1000 HP and fuel capacity of 1,200 US gallons.Sonship2

A significant list of exterior upgrades include: large exterior windows allowing ample natural light; extended cockpit with molded aft settee and stationery table offering generous alfresco dining; molded fiberglass stairway to upper tender deck with access to the sky lounge; walk around decks with raised bulwarks for added safety and ease of maneuverability; swim grid steps port and starboard and an aft side deck boarding gate.

West Bay is looking forward to a Summer 2014 launch date and an inaugural debut at the September 2014 Boats Afloat Show in Seattle and February 2015 Vancouver Boat Show.

The Vermeulen Family remains focused on continuing their legacy of servicing and building world class luxury yachts combining Canadian quality with superior performance. With the loyal and gracious support of a repeat client working together with the West Bay team, the future is indeed looking bright for one of the Pacific Northwest’s best known builders.Sonship1

Specifications: LOA – 72′ (21.34 m); Centerline hull length – 65.42’ (19.93 m); LWL – 58.1’ (20.24 m) ; Beam – 18.5′ (5.59 m); Freeboard – 7.58’ (2.31 m); Freeboard aft – 6.25′ (1.9 m); Draft (with tunnels) – 5.16′ (1.57 m); Fuel capacity – 1,200 USG (4,542 L); Water capacity – 260 USG (984 L); Weight (Approximate displacement) – 80,000lbs (36,300kg); Engines – Twin 1000hp CAT C-18. Builder; West Bay SonShip Yacht Builders Ltd, 8295 River Road, Delta, B.C., Phone: (604) 946-6226. Website: http://www.west-bay.com/

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