Gracie is built using nothing but the best of today’s modern construction materials, taking advantage of all light weight, extremely strong, puncture resistant characteristics to provide a fuel saving at any speed, bullet-proof resistance to punctures, tremendous strength at sea in bad weather conditions and the friendly open feeling of a hull without unnecessary view-interfering bulkheads. The drystack Resin Infusion Vacuum Assisted Transfer (RIVAT) technique saves weight and enhances strength. The Corecell core is engineered for strength, laminating ease and resistance to any water intrusion. The Kevlar inner and outer skins do for this yacht what they do for a policeman, prevent killing penetration.
Three major, complex molds are used to build the vessel, minimizing the number of seams and maximizing strength. The primary structure is highly engineered E-Glass and Kevlar in combination with Corecell foam sandwich, laid up with modified epoxy resins. While in the mold for a minimum of 35 days, each hull attains a temperature exceeding 175 degrees, far above that experienced post-delivery. This prevents post-cure problems, often seen as micro-cracking of gel coat and rippling of hulls near bulkheads and other hard spots. Marlow Yachts age gracefully, without the graying of skin or wrinkles normally found in other vessels.
The underbody is unique, with twin Velocijet strut keels and mild propeller tunnels. The tunnels permit the propellers to be raised and the thrust along the shafts to be more in line with the forward direction of the vessel. The tunnels improve water flow into the propellers, enhancing thrust. The Velocijet strut keels house and completely protect the shafts and extend below to protect the propellers. They are strong enough to support the boat when out of the water in a boatyard, or during an unfortunate low speed grounding. The Kevlar skin helps protect against severe damage from impact with logs, deadheads and minor and major debris.
The hull is finished with Oyster White Awlgrip paint. All false planking lines are crisp and the hull shines. The deck drains and scuppers lead to the continuous drainage system, which runs from bow to stern and prevents water from running down the side of the boat. No black streaks on this beautiful girl.
The decks are finished with custom non-skid contrasting surfaces and large waterways carry away any water. Teak decks are provided under the covered aft deck, side decks and also on the centerline of the foredeck where secure footing is so useful in moving to and away from the windlass and anchor gear. The Maxwell anchor windlass is controllable at the bow and at the helm station. A stainless-steel plow and Danforth type anchor are provided. All chain is provided on the primary plow anchor and chain and rode on the secondary anchor. Low profile, heavy duty hatches are provided on the foredeck, above the forward dining area and over the Pilothouse. Custom curved large oval shaped stainless-steel handrails provide safety and security and the quality of the welds displays the artistry from the stainless-steel shop at NORSEMEN Shipyard, the captive Marlow building yard. Moving aft, one walks through the centerline gate in the Portuguese bridge, so substantial that it had to be made in two pieces to permit easy handling. There is built in bow seating with substantial storage volume for fenders, lines and deck gear in the Portuguese bridge. At the front of the cabin on each side are tank fills for Fresh Water, no need to drag a hose across to the other side. Walk aft along either covered, wide side deck and you find a sliding watertight door. Observe the window lands, built with two-inch interior flat surfaces which receive the very strong, laminated, tempered glass from England. Go inside Gracie and notice the clarity of the glass. Continuing aft on either side deck, open the hatch in the cabin side and see the tank fill, off the deck so no contaminants can enter. You can fill the tank from either side without needing to drag the fuel hose across the deck. Notice the drip pocket to catch those last few drops that want to fall on your clean deck.