The M/V Kiawah is a Grand Banks Europa 52 pilothouse model with
modern electronics that are comparable to much larger yachts,
STIDD helm seat for comfort and charting table for navigation
using paper and electronic data charting sources. In the pilothouse
you will find two Furuno radars, 2 GPS units feeding data to the
radars, chart plotter, SIMRAD
Autopilot with proportionate rate compass, Ecotec fish finder/depth
sounder, SIMRAD depth sounder and wind gauge, ACR searchlight
with remote control, 2-ICOM VHF radios and ICOM SSB radio.
The boat is 53'-6" overall with a beam of 15'-5" weighing in at about 75,000
pounds loaded. Fuel capacity is 1,200 gallons and water capacity
is 500 gallons. On all but the longest voyages fueling will not
be required until the boat is returned to its homeport in Bellingham
The accommodation deck has three staterooms, all doubles including
the spacious owners stateroom with island queen bed, en-suite
head, shower, laundry, TV, settee and desk. Included at berth
side are instruments that provide readouts of depth and wind so
the captain can rest in comfort while at anchor. The two guest
staterooms share a common head and stall shower reached by the
The galley is all-electric, featuring Miele appliances, including
a Miele Diswasher, a rotisserie oven with electronic controls,
four-burner Ceran cook top and exhaust hood. In addition there
is an Amana Microwave, Broan Trash Compactor and three Grand Banks
holding plate refrigerators.
The saloon features an entertainment center with TV, including a KVH antenna
system so that the charter client can tune their favorite Direct
TV programming while underway or at anchor. Also included is an
entertainment system that plays CD's through a speaker system
that reaches throughout the vessel. Rather than built in furniture,
the saloon features comfortable home-styled leather settee and
club chair that contributes to the ambiance and guest experience.
A separate dining table seats four, while two additional dining
spaces are at the counter.
The upper deck, which can be reached from an aft staircase or from a staircase
in the pilothouse, is expansive including the flying bridge where
navigation can be enjoyed during good weather. The upper
deck also accommodates a 12-foot center console Nouvarina tender with 25-hp Mercury
outboard for shore side excursions while at anchor.
The tender is launched using a Nick Jackson 1,500 lbs. capacity
deck crane with hydraulic booming and electric winch. There is
adequate seating on the upper deck for outdoor dining for six
guests, deck space for lounging and a meal preparation center
including icemaker, sink and propane bar-b-que grill.
Housed in the engine room are two very fuel efficient 3208-NA Caterpillar diesels
rated at 210 hp each that are known for economical cruising at
speeds from 9.5 knots to 11 knots depending on the charter client's
own desire. Other mechanical and electrical equipment include
a 20kw Onan generator, Heart inverter rated at 2,500watts, two
hot water tanks, refrigeration system and ESPAR 58,000 Btu hot
water heating system feeding individually controlled units in
each cabin, the saloon and pilothouse. In the lazerette is a crew
berth, which may be used as an additional guest accommodation
if desired. In the construction of Kiawah the owners anticipated
areas that might breakdown and have included redundant systems
including two fresh water pumps and completely separate head systems.
To anticipate repairs there are spare parts for systems that sometimes
fail including drop in assemblies for the head pumps, and various
engine and mechanical pumps. If there is a major failure in the
mechanical or electrical systems, MELC will fly-in the proper
technician from Bellingham to consummate a more complex repair.