BILLY JOEL'S LATEST HIT
SHELTER ISLAND RUNABOUT
If your 're talking to "Davy who's still in the Navy", chances are , this is the boat he'd want to be sailing for life.
By Mark Masciarotte
in just 18 months, buyers on both coasts, and in the Midwest have helped the Shelter Island Runabout make her mark in a highly competitive market. There's a real reason: she has the refined look of a new England bass boat , and the heart-stopping performance of a classic American street rod.
Designed by Zurn Yacht Design, the hull form is a moderate V with a fine entry that runs out to a 15 degree dead rise in the transom. With the stock 300-horsepower Mercruiser Magnum MPI engines, the Shelter Island Runabout is able to cruise around 34 knots. However, every boat built to date has been equipped with the optional Mercruiser 502s is that produce 415 horsepower, increasing cruise speed to 40 knots and top speed to just over 48 knots. Three other engine packages, gas and diesel are available as options. All powerplant configurations are coupled to the Mercruiser Bravo Three stern drives, each turning a pair of highly efficient contra-rotating propellers.
Arranged primarily as a dayboat, the Shelter Island Runabout is available with or without a hardtop. Both configurations are equally handsome, and each has a spacious cockpit, made all the more uncluttered by the aft engine installation. An athwartship settee and a pair of comfortable Stidd helm chairs comprise the fixed seating, but there is plenty of room for folding chairs and the table to form a grouping forward of the settee. All trim, including the toerails, handrails, browa and console, is teak and is beautifully detailed and varnished.
Because of the Runabout's extra length (38 ' 4.5"), the cabin is equally spacious as well is being nicely appointed. The arrangement is typical of this type of boat. There is a compact galley to port, opposite which is a roomy head. Forward are two settees that serve as berths. A hanging locker is accessed through the forward bulkhead. Ceilings, soles and cabinetry are executed in varnished teak (other woods are available). Other surfaces, including cabinet faces and the overhead, are white, giving the cabin a bright, clean look.
The hulls for the Shelter Island Runabout are fabricated by North End Composites using a sandwich lay-up of Kevlar/E-glass fabric, balsa core and vinylester resin, Kevlar is not used in the decks. The patented SCRIMP resin-infusion process optimizes laminate integrity and strength. The parts are then sent to the Coecles Harbor facility for assembly and outfitting.
Cockles Harbor boat yard is a 25-year-old business that, at present, employs just under 40 persons. In addition to their boatbuilding activities, they are known throughout New England for their high-end refit and restoration work on wood and fiberglass boats.
Quick, agile and sexy, the Shelter Island Runabout is a niche boat design to please the most critical aficionado. The Piano Man says it's a cool boat. He's right.