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Old is new in the Cheviot 32 Series II

NEW BOATS - Yanmar-powered new timber classic
NEW BOATS — Yanmar-powered new timber classic

The time-honoured art of wooden boatbuilding is not totally lost. The Wooden Boat Shop of Sorrento, Victoria, has launched the Cheviot 32 (Series II) — a modern classic, built in timber all the way from the keel up but powered by the latest Yanmar 6BY2 diesel engine.

A bevy of skilled wooden-boat craftsmen led by Tim Phillips from Sorrento’s famous Wooden Boat Shop, the Cheviot 32 is an exceptional example of traditional boatbuilding values successfully marrying with modern diesel technology.

The choice of power for this high-quality, hand-built boat has to deliver impeccable performance, quiet operation and fuel efficiency, while at the same time being tucked away well out of sight, said Australia’s Yanmar distributor Power Equipment.

The Yanmar 6BY2 series was developed in close co-operation with automotive diesel manufacturer BMW and shares a common engine cylinder block and other major components supplied from the BMW stable. Power Equipment says the 6BY2 series delivers smooth, clean and fast acceleration, which really is noticeable when combined with the efficient hull design of this vessel.

The six-cylinder BY2 Series model in the Yanmar range is rated at 260hp (191kW) at 4000rpm from a 2.993lt intercooled turbo-diesel. Second-generation common rail direct injection technology, featuring magnetic vertical injectors, ensures optimum performance and outstanding fuel efficiency, said Power Equipment. The Yanmar 6BY2 engine and Yanmar KMH50A transmission packages as fitted also incorporates a CAN-bus operating system using NMEA 2000 protocol and offers electronic throttle and electronic gearshift controls for the main helm control, the distributor added. The full package, engine, transmission and controls are all supplied and comprehensively warranted by Yanmar, it said.

Power Equipment said the all-up weight of the engine including the Yanmar KMH50A transmission is 362kg.

"The combined outcome between the Wooden Boat Shop and Yanmar is a magnificent day or weekend cruiser.
The Yanmar has the power to push the 9.7m (32ft), 4.5-tonne all-timber hull to a top speed of 22kts," said Power Equipment.

With classic lines, refined in the Series II to deliver even better seakeeping qualities, the Cheviot 32 is a deceptively big, open boat. Hosting an onboard barbecue or evening cocktails at the marina can be accommodated easily for nine people.

The cabin layout includes two berths, shower, head, galley, fridge and a host of comfortable seating. A fixed swimplatform, inbuilt timber naturally, is fitted across the transom.

"At the Wooden Boat Shop we pride ourselves on placing quality and function right at the top of the list of desirable qualities," said Phillips.

"The Cheviot 32 is built and designed as an alternative to the popular all-white fibreglass flybridge cruisers.

"There are boating families who want to be more individual in their boating style. For people who appreciate the artisanship in an all-timber hull with Yanmar power, the Cheviot 32 fits the bill perfectly," he said.

The Wooden Boat Shop is an authorised agent for Yanmar marine diesel engines.

"We have fitted and serviced countless hundreds of Yanmar diesels and I have no hesitation in stating they are absolutely first rate," said Phillips.

Power Equipment is the exclusive and authorised Australian, NZ, Papua New Guinea and South Pacific distributor of Yanmar Marine and industrial diesel engines importing product from Yanmar plants in Japan, Asia, USA and Europe. With an extensive marine dealer and branch network, Power Equipment said it has the expertise and experience to assist boat owners and boatbuilders for both new installations and repowers. Power Equipment is also the exclusive authorised distributor of JCB DieselMax engines for Australia, NZ, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific. Power Equipment also distribute the Yanmar-powered MASE diesel marine generators range and Gori folding sailboat propellers.

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Photos: The Cheviot 32 Series II; The 260hp Yanmar 6BY2 diesel engine; Tim Phillips of the Wooden Boat Shop.


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