56ft Pilothouse Motoryacht

Design Number: 87-561

This design was commissioned by a couple who wanted a power boat suitable for inshore and coastwise cruising while accommodating 6 persons..

The hull form is of the semi-displacement type with molded in spray rail positioned above the waterline. The resulting ride will be soft and dry and as there are no chine knuckles interfacing with the water: bothersome “water slapping” when moored is avoided. Sea kindliness and directional stability are enhanced by a full length skeg keel which also permits ‘drying out’ and some protection.

Power is by a twin diesel of 475 hp each to give a maximum speed of 21 knots and a cruise of 17. Fuel capacity is 650 gallons (780 gal.U.S.) to give a range at 15 knots of 450 nautical miles and at 12 knots, 700 nautical miles..

The profile features a flush aft deck with direct access between cockpit and saloon. The boarding platform is built over a hull extension and is directly accessible from the by means of a step.  The saloon layout features all the best appointments needed for extensive live-a-board or cruising.

Foreward,  the pilothouse features a full control station with excellent all round visibility plus settee/day bunk and large chart table. To starboard aft is the companionway to the topsides steering and boat deck.

Below decks we have the accommodations forward with three staterooms with two complete ‘heads’. There is good provision for storage plus space for a washer/drier.

Fuel tanks are located amidships to minimize change in trim as fuel is consumed. Aft is a full size engine room with generous headroom plus a large lazarette with storage room. Access to engine room and lazarette is from the cockpit.


A complete set of detailed design drawings together with detail sheets and consultation is furnished for construction.