Volume 23 Number 6 December/January 2005
Boat of Interest
Have you ever stayed at the Peninsula Hotel on Salisbury Road in Kowloon, Hong Kong? Those in positions to know about such things have long considered it the finest, most luxurious hotel in the world. When I walked aboard Ebony Yachts newest model, the Ebony 65, the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel immediately sprang to mind. The Ebony looks like a fairly standard, classic sportfishing convertible from outside, but once you enter, you step into another world.
Ebony first yacht -an 80-plus footer- boasted an interior the likes of whose elegance and uniqueness I have not seen before of since. And, of course, true to the company's name, you'll find rare ebony wood throughout all its boats.
The new 65 debuted at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show and quickly became the talk of the angling community. Despite being built in Indonesia, the 65 sports the latest American equipment such as Simrad electronics, ICOM radios, Eskimo ice maker, Sea Recovery watermaker, Detroit MTU diesel power and an Onan generator. It also benefits from having the lines drawn by Australian naval architect Frank Woodnutt, who enjoys a reputation as one of the finest sportfishing designers today.
Starting at the top, the ebony wood helm on the fly-bridge has an unusual shape with beautiful radius curves circumventing the steering wheel. The electronics suite rises on rams when needed. Forward of the console, Ebony lines each outboard bulwark with theater-style. (Dean Travis Clarke)