Westcoast 46 - a clever cruiserBy Andy Adams

When in Rome – do as the Romans do, so when in BC we did as many lucky Western Canadians have done, and got aboard a Westcoast 46. It was worth the trip.

The Westcoast 46 is built by Westcoast Custom Yachts Limited which is headed up by the now legendary Forbes Cooper. The 46 is based on an impressively seaworthy and efficient hull design by Ed Monk Jr. The original hull design was actually marketed as the 43 foot Tolleycraft but has now been significantly modified and in fact, one of the most interesting aspects of these boats is that they really are built on a custom basis, one at a time to the owner's own specifications. The first choice you need to make is whether to order the 46-foot Express, 46 Sedan or the 46 Cockpit Motoryacht, which was the model we tested. Your next choice is to decide between single or twin-engine installation. The test boat was equipped with twin Cummins 270 diesels.

Overall the Westcoast 46 is 51'9" (45'9" bow to transom) on a beam of 14'3". Weight is typically in the 30,000-pound displacement range. This hull design has a full keel–a feature that adds strength, delivers surefooted tracking and also does a good job of protecting a single propeller from damage by dead heads and other debris, common in B.C. waters.

Equipped with twin engines, the propellers are not really protected by the keel but the boat becomes much easier to manoeuver when docking or in tight quarters although, a single with a bow thruster would be almost as manoeuverable.

Starting at the stern, the 46-foot Westcoast Cockpit Motoryacht has a durable and easily maintained fiberglass swim platform and a proper transom door. You enter into the aft cockpit which is large enough for easy boarding, has substantial scuppers, safe high sides and on our test boat, a beautiful varnished cap rail–but that's not where you’ll place your deck chairs. The cabin’s aft bulkhead is sloped forward and a set of steps leads up to the real aft deck above the aft cabin. This space suits deck chairs for relaxing. The deck had an effective nonskid finish and our test boat was fitted with a Nova Kool refrigerator and propane barbecue with tank storage underneath. Sturdy railings surround it for added security.

Westcoast 46 - Bridge HelmThe bridge deck is up four steps, was quite spacious and featured a centre-mounted helm with a ship's style stainless steel wheel, full analog instruments, a Venturi wind deflector and stainless steel handrails. The rails used on this boat were remarkably sturdy feeling, showed marvelous workmanship and featured oval-shaped tubing rather than the more common round tubing. A radar arch supports the Bimini top that fully covers the bridge deck. An L-shaped seat could accommodate four or five people, has generous storage inside and a triangular table turns this into a dining area.

It's easy to get around the topsides on this boat. The sturdy oval rails extend around the entire boat. The side decks are wide, flat and well down from the gunwale height providing very secure footing.

The forward cabin trunk is comfortably flat making a great place for coffee in the mornings at an anchorage. A massive varnished mahogany bow pulpit supported a Muir Cougar winch and the ground tackle arrangement was very seamanlike.

This yacht is designed to be used.

There are three different ways into the cabin: through a door from the aft deck, or through the sliding doors in the cabin sides on port and starboard. By the starboard door was a full interior helm station that enjoyed an excellent view out approximately 270° thanks to the massive glass areas and the high cabin roof. Forbes Cooper himself is 6'5" so you won't be surprised to discover generous headroom throughout this boat!

Three huge heavy-duty windshield wipers are there to keep the forward glass clear and the large side glass areas almost make the cabin too bright! Our test boat featured a full Honduras mahogany interior and the joinery work looked to be first class. In the salon, in addition to the lower helm station, there was a port side couch that folds out for double berth, handsome coffee table and on the port side cabinets built-in down the side. These can house a flat screen TV or entertainment system. Berber carpeting and a traditional headliner make it comfortable but easy-care.

Westcoast 46 - Lower helm dashboardIn the salon facing forward, is a very useful breakfast bar and ahead of that is the galley located down a few steps. Counter surfaces are genuine polished granite, not a composite and the galley-down layout has several advantages.

By being close down to the waterline, the effects of waves and water are minimized and there's lots of headroom above to help heat and cooking odours dissipate. For a yacht of this size, we felt the West Coast 46 had a particularly good galley with a two burner stove, microwave, opening side ports, homesized double stainless steel sinks and a particularly large amount of storage in the cabinets.

Opposite the galley is the main head that we felt was a very practical and usable size and features a fully enclosed shower stall and more excellent cabinetry. Forward again, is the vee berth and the best use of space here, is to order two singles, one on either side to maximize sleeping accommodations and probably sleeping comfort.

The owner’s stateroom will certainly be the impressive aft cabin. The clever design places a queen-sized spring mattress berth in the center and surrounds it with 20 mahogany drawers that extend out to the hull sides under the side decks. His and hers lockers, a full ensuite head with enclosed shower plus, a huge aft bulkhead window and six opening portholes make this a boat you could really live onboard.

The Westcoast 46 is certainly a clever cruiser in many ways! 

 

Fractional Yacht Ownership

A "clever cruiser" aspect to this particular boat is that it is available through One 4 Yacht Fractions, on Granville Island in Vancouver.

Their web site explains that in BC where you can go boating 12 months a year, if you use a yacht less than 14 days a year, you are better to charter a boat when you want one. If you spend from 14 to 90 days yachting each year, a fractional ownership is better and those doing 90 days or more a year should own their own boat.

With One 4 Yacht Fractions’ fractional ownership model, owners enjoy fully managed direct ownership of their yacht, as evidenced by their names being registered through Transport Canada Ship’s Registry as owners of the yacht (some choose 25% of shares registered, others choose 50%).The four owners might never meet. The management company schedules the use of the yacht, maintains and cleans it and basically takes all the effort out of ownership. Of course, you get a yacht worth four times what you might otherwise invest!

Westcoast 46 - Salon setteeFor the right owner, this is a clever cruiser solution to yachting!

 

Originally published in Canadian Yachting’s June 2006 issue.

 

Specifications

Power / Performance

Twin CUMMINS 270 diesel, mechanical fuel

injection, turbocharged and aftercooled,

5.9 L / 359 ci, 270 hp each.

Top Speed (GPS) rpm / mph

2,500 rpm 18.8 mph

Cruising Speed rpm / mph

1,500 rpm 9.2 mph

2,000 rpm 12.8 mph

Sound Levels At Cruise (2,000 rpm upper helm) 86 dbA

Length Overall – 51’9" / 15.7 M

Beam – 14’3" / 4.34 M

Weight approximate displacement – 30,000 / 13,607 kg

Fuel – 420 gal / 1,909 L

Base Price

$685,000

Price (One 4 Yacht Fraction share) $188,000*

* Includes One 4 option package, yacht inventory, moorage & insurance reserve

 

Boat supplied by:

One 4 Yacht Fractions

1826 Mast Tower Road

Granville Island

Vancouver, BC, V6H 4B6,

Tel: 604-669-2248

www.one4yacht.com

 

Photo Captions

Photo 1 –  The Westcoast 46 – a clever cruiser.

Photo 2 - The bridge helm has comfortable adjustable helm and companion seats that enjoy a commanding 360 degree view.

Photo 3 - The lower helm has ample dashboard space to mount electronics in easy view. The test boat had Furuno navigation systems but the custom nature of Westcoast yachts opens the door for other choices.

Photo 4 - The salon settee houses a fold out double berth in the L-shaped seating and two loose seats (with storage inside) give ample dining space around the hi/lo table, that features a granite inset that matches the galley counters.

 

Destinations

  • Prev
Toronto sailor and former RCYC coach/sailing instructor Ryan May is now a US coast guard captain ...
Just before the weekly party at Shirley HeightsSunsail staffer Chris Donahue conducts our chart ...
Chartering in the Caribbean conjures up images of turquoise sea, palm fringed beaches and great ...
Since anyone who opens an independent bookstore is at least as brave as a small boat shop owner, I ...
You’re on your way east to the 1000 Islands or the Trent-Severn. By entering north of Prince ...
I have lived in Ontario my whole life but have only recently had the pleasure of visiting the City ...
My trip to the Northwest Passage started long before I boarded the flight to Kangerlussaq with ...
During the summer of 2016, my wife and I cruised through the North Channel in Lake Huron on our ...
It’s like we’ve waved a magic wand and disappeared into a picture perfect painting, our ...
The Schooner Cove Yacht Club is situated between Nanaimo and Parksville, on the east coast of ...

Cowichan Bay to Genoa Bay – Almost the Gulf Islands

Cowichan Bay to Genoa Bay – Almost the Gulf Islands

 By Catherine Dook

“So you’re going offshore to Genoa Bay,” said an old salt at coffee that morning. Genoa Bay was 15 minutes away from our homeport of Cowichan Bay and hardly counted as offshore, but it was our first destination that fall. The fog had socked us in all that morning, so John and I drank coffee and gossiped with the neighbours while waiting for the weather to lift. We’d provisioned with cans of chilli, a sack of apples, and tanks full of water. We’d tested the engine and the anchor winch. We were ready.

Read More of Cowichan Bay to Genoa Bay.....

 

 

 

Lifestyle

  • Prev
One of our most enthusiastic contributors, Rob Dunbar sent us this photo from Halifax.   ...
Checking back into the US was quick and painless. We made the call to Customs but we needed to ...
Two-hundred-year-old homes are what ghost stories are made of, and Beaconsfield Yacht Club (BYC) ...
This time our photos come from Gimli where Katie Coleman Nicoll was on the scene. She’s an ...
Recently we celebrated our country’s 150th anniversary, and in true form thousands of ...
   We left off Part 1 at the year 1914, and will here pick it back up, running through ...
This week’s POTW comes from across the pond. Who knew we had a European audience   ...
Here is our boat anchored at Hockey Stick Bay. We live in a beautiful country.     ...
Michelle Jacques of Cambridge ON share this memory of her adorable pooch. “This is Frodo. ...
  Our 150 year history began in 1867, but Canada was no stranger to watercraft prior to our ...

 By: Katherine Stone

Do you know how many boaters you run into while standing in the lift lines of Blue Mountain and the surrounding private ski clubs? Quite a few! Start some conversations on the ski lifts and you might be surprised how many avid boaters you can meet.

Many who boat say that winter sports are just there to pass the time until the ice clears and you can get your boat launched and start boating again. As a ski instructor, you tend to meet even more interesting boaters… Read more about the Reef Boat Club ....

 

 

 

DIY & How to

  • Prev
 Since the initial article of this column we have identified a wide range of apps and ...
Since the initial article of this series we have looked at the iPad and its use as a marine ...
The moment we all dread. It’s a warm sunny day and you’re out for a cruise. Suddenly ...
For most of us – this is the time to make the most of the boating season – launch and ...
Question: Is it possible to mount, protect and charge your iPad during marine navigation. ...
  Is iNavX the superlative marine navigation app?    
Question: Can I buy generic automotive parts or products for my boat, or should they specify ...
  There is a good deal of hesitancy and lack of understanding as to whether an iPad can ...
‘Top dead centre’ is the position of the wheel that allows you to steer your boat ...

Marine Products

  • Prev
With all the devastation in the eastern Caribbean a natural question to ask is ‘is our boat in that ...
During the heat of summer, many boat owners turn on their air conditioning units. Whether portable ...
A milestone has been reached. The new D13-1000 sees Volvo Penta move into the 1000hp marine leisure ...
  Still looking for the perfect slip for your boat? Look no further!    
Canadian Yachting traveled to Newport to review and sea trial the new MJM 35z.     ...
Erik Pawson Of Watertight Boatworks here in North Vancouver, BC, is really passionate about the ...
Hydro Clean Hull Wash is Canada's first automatic, mechanical hull wash system and the company has ...
For 2017 there were a total of 31 events planned and 2 were cancelled for a total of 29 events. All ...
When Terry Conrad, of Conrad Marine, offered me ride in a brand-new Sea Fox 288 Commander that he ...
EMCS Industries Ltd. has a unique antifouling system that’s quite clever and incredibly ...

By Owen Hurst

Since the initial article of this series we have looked at the iPad and its use as a marine navigation instrument. We have discussed its functionality, available apps, relevant hardware and compared it to traditional charplotters. This focus on iPad led one of our readers to an interesting question that we have yet to address.

Question: Why has the focus been solely on the use of iPads for marine navigation rather than Android devices?

Read More Going iPad or Android.....