SOUTHWEST HARBOR — In January, Wilbur Yachts launched one of its largest projects to date – the 45-foot Wilbur Millennium Marine Sportfish.
The 12-passenger Family Ties was commissioned by Fish Whistle Sportfishing in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, for use as a charter fishing boat.
The bones of the boat came to Wilbur in late 2015 from another builder that was having difficulty finishing the project.
“It came to us with the hull, part of the superstructure and the basic layout,” said Wilbur Yacht owner John Kachmar.
The Wilbur team tinkered with the design, adding a metal post in the pilothouse to make it more secure.
Wilbur began work in December 2015, and the vessel left Maine for the Caribbean in early January of this year. The million dollar boat has the features of a hardy Down East yacht and the amenities of a luxury charter boat.
The hull is finished with white gelcoat and black Awlgrip side stripes.
Family Ties features a 16-foot by 25-foot open air aft deck finished with snow white Awlgrip, shaded mezzanine seating and a 150-gallon live bait well. The 30-foot carbon fiber green stick pole allows fishermen to trawl for several hundred-pound tuna at a time.
“It has a lot of really cool stuff on board,” said Kachmar. “The electronics are pretty elaborate.”
Kachmar said one unique feature is a sea chest that has four pumps that propel water into the live well. The backup pumps act as additional safety measures so fishermen don’t lose their bait.
Family Ties is outfitted with the Garmin XSV Navionics package that includes a 25-kilowatt radar, chart plotter, sonar and autopilot, as well as a concert hall Fusion stereo system with Bluetooth.
“It’s a very intense stereo system,” Kachmar said.
A full-sized head with a freshwater overhead shower accompanies the galley and raised settee down below.
Under the hood, the boat is powered by a Caterpillar C-18 1,015 horsepower diesel engine that can propel the vessel at speeds up to 23.9 knots.
Unlike most million dollar yachts, those interested in taking a spin on Family Ties may have their chance. All it takes is a flight to St. Thomas and $1,800 for 12 friends to enjoy an eight-hour offshore fishing trip aboard Wilbur’s newest vessel.