Backstory: Our client is an avid sport fisherman living in Florida. He recently purchased a pre-owned Bruckmann 29 Bluestar Weekend Cruiser and had it shipped to Padebco for a refit. The refit transformed the pleasure cruising yacht into a sport fishing pleasure cruiser. The refit included the addition of a live well, pressurized water system, new helm and mate seats, additional storage, additional deck space, improved access to the engine, and more amenities geared toward sport fishing. Padebco collaborated with our client and creatively accomplished these goals.
Engine Access: Padebco’s greatest challenge was improving access to the engine compartment while accommodating new plumbing requirements. Our client found the current hatch too small and access to the engine difficult. The solution was the installation of a significantly larger hatch on struts.
The enlarged engine hatch is lifted by synchronized pneumatic struts and controlled from an electrical switch panel. The struts lift the hatch as well as the new helm and mate seats. The moving hatch accommodates all plumbing lines from the live well, pressurized water system, sink and wash down pump. Sound installation was installed throughout the engine compartment. The battery banks were removed from the engine compartment and installed in the rear lazarette.
Deck Redesign: Creating a larger deck layout with two full-width stairs between the helm and aft deck required removal of the LP system and cooktop. Isinglass and canvas side curtains were added for improved visibility and new helm and mate seats were installed allowing for additional storage space.
Fishing: The bow rail was removed, flush cleats and recessed lights were installed throughout the deck for ease of movement throughout the vessel while fishing. A sink with pressurized water, live well, wash down and ice chest were also added to the vessel.
Padebco transformed this Bruckmann pleasure cruiser to a sport fishing pleasure cruiser and our client is thrilled. She’s on her way to Florida for a great fishing season!