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Two Great Harbour trawlers at this year’s
U.S. Power Boat Show in Annapolis

We showed Brooke and Dee Williams’ Great Harbour 47 East Passage at the U.S. Powerboat Show at Annapolis (Oct. 14-17). The design team at Mirage Manufacturing worked with the Williams to create a vessel unlike any other in her class. (See interior photos)

One of her distinguishing characteristics is a “glass helm,” a feature more often found aboard megayachts. Four PC-driven touchscreen monitors and a fifth portable wireless monitor display all manner of information before the helmsman, including engine gauges, navigation programs, real-time weather and video camera imagery.
Another big yacht feature is the 47’s mechanical room, which houses the ship’s sea strainers and fuel filters, her electrical panel and inverter, gauges and generator panel, a fuel polishing system and oil changer. This allows the captain/engineer to perform most checks and maintenance while standing in air conditioned comfort. The utility room forms an ante-chamber with door entrance to the engine room itself and also serves as home to the washer, dryer and trash compactor.
Behind the pilot house is another signature feature of the Great Harbour 47—her Watch Cabin, complete with queen size berth and ensuite head. What a great space!

Her main saloon features a settee and big-screen entertainment center. Step down into East Passage’s tremendous galley for a look at her 23-cubic-foot refrigerator, electric cooktop and convection microwave. Opposite is a dinette that seats six and converts to a berth for two. The master stateroom features a full queen size berth and incorporates an office area.

The Williams are non-denominational in their boating habits and wanted their 47 to carry kayaks and a sailing dinghy besides their RIB tender: two kayaks mount easily on the rooftop and the ample boat deck provides a platform for RIB and hard dinghy set stem to stern.

We also showed Esmeralda, the Great Harbour N37 belonging Richard Groene and wife Shannon Edwards of Gainesville, Florida. (See interior photos) This is surely one of the handiest trawlers ever built: ideal for coastal cruising and island hopping, yet capable enough for ocean passages, as demonstrated by our voyages to Bermuda, Mexico and Hawaii. The Groene boat sports an optional crow’s nest and all the features that make viewing an N37 one of those “Oh wow!” experiences, including its super-sized engine room, kitchen-size galley and a bosuns locker, most customers simply refer to as “the basement.”

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