Shearwater 38, the latest masterpiece from The Wooden Boat Shop (WBS) is the culmination of lifetimes of experience from Tim Phillips (WBS Director) and the WBS crew. She is named after one of Tim’s preferred fishing spots in the Kent group, Squally Cove.
We so often dream of these locations and it’s our boats that take us there, hence this boat we call Squally Cove, beautiful hand chiselled name in the transom. The fishing is the main activity when we go away. Squally Cove is fitted with a pot hauler for the crays and is laid out in a spacious manner and set up for line fishing for sharks and scale fish. This boat has some serious design pedigree, the hull has been designed by Australia’s leading naval architect, Andy Dovell, on a brief that has closely followed WBS’s other vessels such as the Cheviot 32 and Efficient 44.
From the keel up, it is clear this boat has been built by experience at sea and fitted out from an understanding of cruising life. A view inside the boat will engage your senses with natural wood and bronze, all hand finished with plush upholstered cushions. The galley is set out with the Wallas diesel oven, cooktop and heater and neatly laid out drawers offer all you require at your fingertips. The galley bench, salon and cockpit table offer practical surfaces for entertaining and relaxing. This level of detail flows throughout the entire vessel.
We have carefully designed every element for this particular boat and have thought about all aspects of how this boat will be used, based upon our own experiences and challenges at sea. We have equipped her with every convenience required for day boating and extended cruising, whilst retaining the traditional feel of a real wooden boat. The total package exceeds what is offered by the fiberglass boats available on the market today.
The mechanical and electrical fitout on Squally Cove embraces some serious technology that will enhance the capabilities of the vessel. The Yanmar 6LY 440 that achieves 440HP @ 3300rpm is a state of the art common rail engine with electronic controls. The electrical system is built with a whopping 250 amp alternator and a 600 AH lithium house battery bank. The system can rapidly charge from empty to full and delivers any required power demand due to the lithium batteries capability of being cycled all the way down. Lithium battery system at about $3.18 per cycle is about 40% cheaper than comparable AGM or Gell batteries.
This was one of the first electronic 6LY 440 to be fitted in Australia, quiet and smooth engine, combined with the Veem propeller this boat will achieve it’s 15 knots cruise speed at 60% load. The large capacity alternator and lithium batteries will allow us to have the luxury of an icemaker, 240volt usage and refrigeration without being plugged into the marina or living with the constant drone and maintenance of a genset.
Please note: We would like Squally Cove to be in Victoria Harbour with the fishing boats.