This Gamefisherman got a beautiful Garmin electronics upgrade. In the tower, we installed a GMI20 display, with a 7608xsv GPSMap and a VHF 110 radio. We then installed a whole new electronics package for the helm. We installed a 7616xsv GPSmap and a Fantom 4 radar. To pair up with the VHF 110, we installed a VHF 210 with AIS radio. No one should be cruising around the sound without their favorite tunes playing, so we installed a Fusion MS650 fully integrated into the Garmin network with two pairs of Fusion 7.7 Signature series speakers with LED light controls. To brighten up the scenery we added Lumitec Halo lights and Macris Industries engine room lighting. This was a great project for us to show our technical skills to provide the customer with full customization of the electronics upgrade. This boat may be 33′ but it definitely feels much larger. She rides beautifully across the sound, so keep your eyes peeled!
Dockwa has recently performed a case study on the dockage success we achieved this past summer. We were able to increase our dockage occupancy to 105%. This is a major win for us and we look forward to having the same type of success this coming season. We are happy to be working with such a great company and are looking forward to continuing this relationship! The summer boating season is fast approaching, so it’s almost time to start booking!
You are formally invited to the annual customer appreciation barbecue on Saturday, August 6th at 6:00pm at The Landing. Bring everyone involved with you and your boat for live music, drinks, and great food! This is a great opportunity to get to know fellow customers, crew, and MacDougalls’ staff while enjoying a beverage and food from the raw bar. Don’t forget Smitty’s Ice Cream for dessert!
MacDougalls’ recently took on hauling an 68’ Weaver Sportfish named Jaruco. The hauling crew here at MacDougalls’ showcased their abilities with this one running our 75-ton Marine Travel Lift to its fullest. Jaruco took a trip to the “pit” for a routine summer touch-up. Also, a much larger Jaruco, constructed by Jarret Bay, is in the production stages at this time. To view the most recent updates from Jarrett Bay take a look at the video below and for more information visit jarrettbay.com. The ability to haul such a boat just goes to show the full range of the work that can be done here at MacDougalls’.
Recently, renovations were done to a 59′ Viking sportfish named Double Diamond. The MacDougalls’ team designed and fabricated a new live well for this extraordinary sportfish as well as a completely re-designed lighting system. The live well has a capacity of over 120 gallons. This monster was custom fabricated to compliment the factory Viking lines. It was completely hand built with the fiberglass mold made in house with custom adjustable water flow controls. The cockpit was painted to match the factory finish, and blue and green Rigid Industries live well lights were installed. To compliment the new live well, additional deck hatches were fabricated and installed to allow for better access for service items. Also, over a dozen rod holders were equipped. The lighting system was a major contribution to this already spectacular boat. A brand new Rigid Industries RDS 54” spot light was added with 2 Rigid Industries M20’ flood lights on either side. Night time won’t seem so dark with these blaring. 16 Lumitec Rail2 tri-color lights and 10 Lumitec shadow quad color hardtop lights were also added to make Double Diamond stand out from the pack. This diamond is definitely any guys’ best friend.
MacDougalls’ Cape Cod Marine Service is now extending its high quality craftsmanship into the M Class brand of “like new” boats. Here is one of our most recent projects. Gray Fox a 1996 26′ Regulator which was previously called Pegasus. A new Awlgrip metallic topside paint job was applied with a completely refurbished hardtop and center console which has a custom dash and full Simrad electronics package. Along with the console electronics, new LED lighting was placed throughout the vessel with custom canvas enclosures and bolsters added. The entire vessel was soda blasted, matching the color at the bottom to the topsides. The deck was cut out to make way for a replacement fuel tank and a reinforced stringer system along with new plumbing and wiring throughout. For power, Gray Fox is charging with new twin Yamaha 200HP in-line four cylinder four stroke outboards which top out at a swift 50 mph! Keep an eye out for her in Edgartown this summer. Next up for the M Class projects is a 31′ Bertram, stay tuned!
Incase you missed it, our latest edition of Dock Lines news came with a very cool project boat: Hooky, a 2015 Regulator 28′. Hooky came to us this past spring during her break in period with a unique list of projects. The largest being a very well thought-out electronics package and detailed dash/helm layout design. We started with the big job of installing a SIMRAD electronics package sporting all the latest bells & whistles. From there, we moved onto the little details, such as: Relocating switches & instruments to maximize ease of use while underway, de-badging the boat of all her logo’s, installing a custom name/hail port, and spraying the custom boot & cove striping colored toreador red. Check out the video above highlighting some of the above mentioned projects we completed on this Regulator 28′, sporting a super clean & classic New England style look that surely turns heads while out on the water!
Block Island Race Week Recap | By: Ryan ScottMacDougalls’ is excited to share a very cool recap, written by our Rigging Director, Ryan Scott – who recently had the opportunity to crew aboard the brand new Hinckley Yachts Bermuda 50’ at the 2015 Block Island Race Week. See write up below!
“Recently I had the opportunity to race in the Storm Trysail Clubs 50th Anniversary Block Island Race Week. Always one of my favorite events, this year was no different with five great days of racing including the always memorable Around the Island Race. Having raced in this event for 16 years now, this one will go down as one of my favorites for multiple reasons, including the Around the Island Race, starting in over 20 knots of breeze and finishing in over 30 knots. Also, I would be sailing on the brand new Hinckley Bermuda 50, Watermark. Besides being a stunningly beautiful boat, Watermark has a boatload, literally, of high tech gear that make it a dream to race and cruise. With the boat being brand new, there was a lot of work to be done during the practice days leading up to the event, as well as before and after racing each day. Small things such as adjusting strop lengths to larger repairs like hydraulic and electric winch repairs.
Watermark’s hull construction, spars and bowsprit are carbon fiber works of art. Peter Smith from Hinckley was on board as the boat builder support. The carbon Southern Spars mast and fiber rigging is a grand prix design, and we had Southern Spars Project Manager and pro sailor Chuck Brown on board as main trimmer. No expense was spared on the sail inventory, carefully designed by North Sails. North’s President, and Volvo Ocean Race / Americas Cup veteran, Ken Read served as our crew’s Tactician. The mainsail and four upwind headsails were 3DI sails, which performed incredibly. The boat is equipped with a flush deck furler and carbon fiber headstay. The racing sails were hank on sails, with the light and medium using webbing and buckle hanks, and the heavy using bone loops. Watermark also had a Code Zero which utilized a halyard lock in the mast and a two to one tackling on the sprit to maximize luff tension. It also used a Karver furler. The mainsail was a square top sail with an ingenious headboard car design which allowed the sail to lock into the headboard car as the two to one halyard was hoisting, eliminating the need for a crew member to go up in a chair to lock it into the car. The asymmetrical spinnakers ran on masthead halyards and tack lines to the end of the sprit.
Additional deck configuration and rigging features worth noting, which are unique to Watermark’s construction, are: A five button control panel on each side of the cockpit. These buttons controlled the jib leads in and out, as well as fore and aft. The fifth button controlled the primary winch third gear, or fine tune. The neat part was that each panel controlled the functions for the other side of the boat, allowing the headsail trimmer to sit on the weather side of the boat going upwind, while controlling the leeward side functions, which the sail was utilizing. The pit, primary, mainsheet and split topmast backstay winches are Harken electric winches, which are two speed, with a third overdrive speed to really spin them quickly making tacking and jibing quick and easy.
The keel is a lifting keel, also controlled by hydraulics which allows the boat to have a depth of 12.5’ while under sail, but can be pulled up to 7.5’ when entering shallower harbors, where a shallow draw is needed. Hand pump control hydraulics control the boom vang and outhaul on one panel making it very easy for the main trimmer to use.
Although we raced in IRC, which the initial rating did not seem to favor, we had a great time, sailing well and even achieving speeds of over 22 knots. The boat is already in the process of getting some upgrades to make it lighter and easier to use, including Dyneema lifelines and Dyneema steering cables which will be completed early August. The owner has already had a joy daysailing and cruising the boat and it has shown it true capability as a racer cruiser. The Bermuda 50’ is definitely not your grandfathers Hinckley! We look forward to racing on this boat in future events, so keep an eye out for us when you are out on the water!”