After an all-night session easing Coastal Craft’s new 65-foot Concord cruiser from its birthplace at the Venture Way fabrication shop to its berth place at Gibsons Marina, the luxury yacht hit the water Friday afternoon just after its scheduled launch time. A small crowd braved the unseasonably cold afternoon winds and drizzle to cheer a favourite son – company owner Jeff Rhodes – and his team. Rhodes has grown Coastal Craft over the past 17 years from a small builder of working and pleasure craft to its present status as an internationally-renowned producer of individually-crafted luxury vessels.
Working closely with Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect Ltd., the Coastal Craft team designed the Concord as a world-class luxury yacht with sleek and stylish interior appointments, two 900HP Volvo diesel engines, a top speed of over 30 knots and a trim, beautiful exterior. At about $3 million, this is a toy for the big boys’ bathtub.
Photos and story Heather Jeal