The wind was coming out of the north at 15 kn. The seas were about 3 to 5 feet as I was looking to the south and keeping an eye on my kite baits, I saw A boat coming up heading towards me. As she started passing me on the offshore side I noticed how well she was cruise across the water with the greatest of ease. It was the new American custom yachts Double Take. Just a few weeks earlier I had done the sea trial on this new addition in our fishing fleet.
When I was walking down the dock of Sailfish Marina in Singer Island, Fl I had mentioned that I was going out on a sea trial on the Double Take. That’s when somebody on the dock asked me what kind of boat is that. The Double Take is the 67-foot master piece of American Custom Yacht.
The double take is 67 feet in overall length with the beam of 18’8″ and her draft is 5’4″. As I walked up to the boat, Captain Mike Laufle had one of the two 24kw phasor generators running and ready to go. With my arrival he started both of the Caterpillar C32 ACERT tier 3 diesels. I want to have an overall view of the boat so I climbed straight up to the tuna tower. Which is a 10-foot gap polish pipe Bausch tower. As we pulled out of the slip the Vetus bow thruster easily help push the bow around even with the strong current.
Once we got out of the inlet and started to push her up she quickly jump on a plane by 1300 RPMs. She was comfortably cruising at 32 knots turning 1850 rpm’s burning 135 gph and with her fuel capacity at 2000 gallons the Double Take give her an approximate range 450 miles at that speed. As you’re running the boat you can watch all The engines vitals on the two Caterpillar screens that are mounted on the overhead electric fold-down radio box that drops down off the hardtop. The remaining electronics on the bridge are in recessed electronic boxes. Two on either side of the driving pod and one directly in front of it.
Back at the dock, we were able to take a look at all the different systems the boat has. She has two 45-gallon oil tanks. An oil change system which is attached to all equipment with the ability to move oil to/from the tanks or buckets. Each engine is equipped with three Racor filters.
As you step into the pump room you can see that the boat has an 1800 gallons per day Village Marine Tech water makers with 300-gallon capacity water tank. She is also equipped with a Spot zero. She is equipped with two Cruisair 30,000 BTU AC chillers.
Her cockpit was designed with fishing in mind. Just forward of the fighting chair pedestal is a large fish box. 2x 450 pound per day Eskimo ice machines which dump into the fish box. She has both port and starboard live wells that are built into the mezzanine deck. The mezzanine seating includes a starboard bench freezer. She also has in deck hook ups for two portable live wells that sit on each side of the pedestal. Once hooked up there are no hoses running across the deck. With three tuna tubes built in on both port and starboard sides of the covering bored. Which gives it a very clean look even while running your tubes. She is equipped with 45 foot Rupp Quad spreader riggers. Underneath the cockpit deck they have mounted The Sea keeper stabilizer.
As you walk in the salon door which is situated on the port side of The bulkhead, you will notice that she has an aft facing galley. This allows a free view of the cockpit and your spread as you are making lunch or any meal. On the aft side of the galley you have a concealed wolf two burner cooktop, below that you have a Bosch convection microwave oven. In the forward part of the galley you have a 27-inch subzero freezer and a 27-inch subzero refrigerator. Above the sub zeros is your countertop which has three barstools forward of the galley so you can face after and continue watching your spread as you eat your meal or have a conversation with the person in the galley.
As you look forward into the salon you see that it has cabinetry and stored space that is situated right up against the windshield, which is just above the couch. The wrap around couch is facing aft. The TV is an overhead drop-down television just after the galley. It is situated so everyone sitting either on the couch or barstools can watch TV simultaneously. There is a dinette table on the port side of the salon along with a port side pop up bar which is up when in use but is conveniently hidden into the cabinetry when under way.
The companionway going downstairs is situated on the port side of the vessel. As you first start going down the companionway you notice a fishing reel locker on the port side which has two doors to access all the reels. With the capacity to hold 6 Tiagra 130s and 5 Tiagra 50s it was the perfect location to keep your reels in a controlled environment.
As you get to the bottom of the companionway the first door on your right is the entrance into a full beam master state room. Looking into the room the master bed is leaned up against the aft bulkhead with the nightstand on either side. On the starboard side of the master bed you have two closets with a full desk in between the closets. The Master bath and shower is located just forward of the master bed.
Continuing down the companionway the second door on your right is the VIP stateroom. The VIP bed is situated out from the starboard side of the boat. The VIP head is just forward of the bed.
The first door on the port side of the companionway opens into the crew/day head. This head has a second door that opens up right into the crew’s quarters. Just forward of the first head entrance is the door into the crew’s quarters. As you continue into the crews quarters the washer and dryer is located on your port side, with a closet just ahead of it. On the starboard side of the crew’s quarters you have an upper and a lower bunk which storage under the lower bunk. On the port side is cabinets for storage.
All during the building of the Double Take long trips through the lower Bahamas and in the future transiting the Panama Canal and fishing the Pacific coast was taken into account. Comfort and fish ability was there number one concern, says Capt. Mike Laufle.