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  1. #1

    52 Cockpit Motor Yacht

    We've been searching, looking at photos, looking at floor plan layouts. We're getting closer. Seems like we're moving toward the 52 Cockpit Motor Yacht. The cockpit satisfies our big requirement of being able to step from the dinghy or floating dock onto the swim platform, into a cockpit and maybe a couple of steps up to the aft deck without needing big steps from a dock or climbing a ladder. It also has the overall elbow room of an aft cabin, which is important to us.

    Anyone have one and willing to comment on it, advantages and drawbacks? Anyone know anything interesting about the history of that model, the design, etc?

    It appears engine room access is gained by lifting the stairs that go from the salon down to the galley/dinette. Is this true? And then what, there are a couple of additional steps into the engine room? Is it stand up height (I'm 5' 10") or close to it?

    Thanks for any details.

    John

  2. #2

    Re: 52 Cockpit Motor Yacht

    Not stand up for sure.

    More like 4 foot
    Scott
    41C117 "Hattatude"
    Port Canaveral Florida.


    When I want your opinion I'll give it to you?

  3. #3

    Re: 52 Cockpit Motor Yacht

    Quote Originally Posted by Boatsb View Post
    More like 4 foot
    Sounds like the engine room is a tight fit.

  4. #4

    Re: 52 Cockpit Motor Yacht

    John, have you looked at the 58 yacht fish, or the 53 yacht Fish? Seems like it would check a lot of your boxes and has walk around and stand up engine rooms. Also three staterooms and three heads. We love ours.

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    Re: 52 Cockpit Motor Yacht

    I'm pretty sure the 52 cockpit MY engine room is plenty high enough to walk around in. My 1982 48
    MY has an engine room that most folks can stand in. I'm 6'6" and all I need to do is kind of stoop over
    a bit and it works fine. It is defiantly not a hands and knees situation. I think there may be some
    pictures in the brochures section of this forum. Check out the ER's in the Series 2 48 MY and the 52
    cockpit MY (same as 48 with a cockpit). I believe the early 2000's 50' sundeck is also the same basic
    boat. IMO the 52 cockpit MY is a very practical design that most of us would enjoy. Go aboard one,
    then decide for yourself.

    Walt

  6. #6

    Re: 52 Cockpit Motor Yacht

    I have worked on a 52cmy many times. The ER is tight. You cannot stand up completely in the center. Personally, I really don't like that model.
    Sky Cheney
    1985 53EDMY "Rebecca"
    ELYC on White Lake--Montague, MI

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    Re: 52 Cockpit Motor Yacht

    Quote Originally Posted by SKYCHENEY View Post
    I have worked on a 52cmy many times. The ER is tight. You cannot stand up completely in the center. Personally, I really don't like that model.


    Well, since I haven't been in a 52 CMY's ER, I can't argue that, but on my 1982 Series I 48 MY I can
    almost stand up and I'm 6'6". I guess they made the later Series 2 ER's smaller than the Series I.
    I would still suggest checking one out for oneself.

    Walt

  8. #8

    Re: 52 Cockpit Motor Yacht

    Found the answer to one question in the magazine article by Bill Pike when the 52 was introduced. He said the engine room was "without standing headroom." But he also said it had "wide open" spaces in the engine room and was easy to move around. Good to know.

    He also included some fuel burn charts for the 8v92s in that boat. Hitting 9.1 knots or 10.4 mph at only 900 rpms. Geez, that's barely off of idle! And at that speed, it was only burning a respectable 11.8 gallons per hour. For big engines, that's pretty impressive.

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    Re: 52 Cockpit Motor Yacht

    Quote Originally Posted by Walter P View Post
    I'm pretty sure the 52 cockpit MY engine room is plenty high enough to walk around in. My 1982 48
    MY has an engine room that most folks can stand in. I'm 6'6" and all I need to do is kind of stoop over
    a bit and it works fine. It is defiantly not a hands and knees situation. I think there may be some
    pictures in the brochures section of this forum. Check out the ER's in the Series 2 48 MY and the 52
    cockpit MY (same as 48 with a cockpit). I believe the early 2000's 50' sundeck is also the same basic
    boat. IMO the 52 cockpit MY is a very practical design that most of us would enjoy. Go aboard one,
    then decide for yourself.

    Walt
    Walt, you own a Series I 48MY and the 52CMY is based off the SeriesII 48MY.
    George
    Former Owner: "Incentive" 1981 56MY
    2007-2014

  10. #10

    Re: 52 Cockpit Motor Yacht

    Have you considered a 53 Yacht Fish Series II with its weather protected lower steering station. On those less than perfect days on the water a truly protected steering station is a joy.

    BTW, I have not and never will own any of the models under discussion so there is no bias involved. Just years of running from a canvas enclosed bridge versus a weather protected steering station with decent visibility. Not to mention AC/heat on the really ugly days.

    Pete

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