Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
Boat review Icon 18.5m W ithin two weeks of taking delivery of their new boat, a North Island farming couple experienced four-metre seas on the delivery voyage from Lyttelton and a Cook Strait crossing in 20 knots of wind with seas to match. But they’ve made that crossing many times in previous boats and were rapt with how their New Zealand- designed and built boat performed just days after its launching. “Awesome!,” the owner/skipper said. “In four-metre following seas with swells moving at 20 knots, we maintained an average of 21 knots then, the next time, with 20 knots of wind, we still did better than 20 knots.” Luminaire is a fast, spectacular 18.5m Scott Robson-designed aluminium luxury cruiser with a pair of Volvo IPS 900 (700hp) drives. Built in Rangiora by Icon Custom Boats, Luminaire is berthed at Mana near Wellington, but will regularly cross Cook Strait to cruise in the Marlborough Sounds. The owners have crossed Cook Strait many times, but until Luminaire, they pulled the pin when more than 25 knots was forecast. “It’ll have to blow more than 25 knots to stop us now,” the skipper quips. Luminaire is a Robson 545 Sports Yacht, built in aluminium, with a moulded fibreglass hardtop and cockpit liner adding welcome curves to the superstructure. It’s a handsome boat from any angle; its painted aluminium hull faired and finished to the highest standard. All the aluminium surfaces inside the boat are painted for protection, noise suppression and warmth. The strongly-built hull with its 23-degree deadrise and double chine is well proven, based on a hull used on a Robson charter boat, Cerveza, but extended for Luminaire to suit IPS drives. Scott Robson and the owners worked closely with Icon Custom Boats CEO Gary Tomes to keep the boat on budget and on weight. One owner and Robson chose the modern interior design, upholstery, panelling and galley layout, while the other worked with Robson to realise the huge cockpit he wanted for fishing. By going to a mid-pilothouse, Robson has achieved a roomy cockpit, large Words by John Eichelsheim Photos by Emma Allen/ Marlborough Express SHINING light Luminaire, the New Zealand-designed and built, aluminium Icon 18.5m, is likely to cross Cook Strait many times on her way from Mana to cruise the Marlborough Sounds. She's up for it. 40 Boating New Zealand March 2014 Tested_Icon_March14.indd 40 19/02/2014 7:53:31 a.m.
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