2020 Paul Mann 77

Capt. Travaline said when needed, he can carry 100 threadfin herring, 80 goggle eyes and upwards of 1,000 pilchards. The plumbing is designed so the deck stays dry without any overflow. When seawater pours over the transom backing down hard, four drains evacuate the water quickly and efficiently, as I discovered releasing one of my sails. The teak cockpit sole has no hatches in the lower level and the lazarette was bone dry when I inspected it back at the dock.

The form and function in the engine room and various machinery installations throughout are just as impressive, if not more so. Mann is fussy with his mechanicals and it shows. Accessed from a large hatch in the mezzanine deck, the bright white Awlgrip finish is as pristine as the exterior. A watertight door opens to access the big MTUs and other equipment, including a pair of Mitsubishi gyrostabilizers and two 38-kW Northern Lights generators. Headroom on centerline is 6 feet, 4 inches. The engine room is air-conditioned as well, which makes working in this space comfortable whether doing daily checks, service or repairs. I had no problem spending an hour wandering through the engine space.

From the raked stem to the gentle tumblehome at the transom, to its gorgeous teak treatments and the glow of the Awlgrip White Cloud finish, you will never tire taking in this yacht’s ethereal beauty. It left an indelible impression of how the builder has achieved success over the last three decades: by keeping things ship shape. Clearly his latest 77-footer is aptly named. —Peter Frederiksen

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