- Name: BUFFALO NICKEL
- Builder: Circa Marine & Industrial New Zealand
- Model: FPB Offshore Passagemaker
- Designer: Steve Dashew, Dashew Offshore
- Year Built: 2013 (1 owner)
- LOA: 64.95’ (19.85M)
- LWL: 63.6’ (19.4M)
- Beam: 17.72’ (5.42M)
- Draft: 4.5’ (1.37M), ½ load, at skeg
- Main Engine: Single John Deere Diesel 6068 SFM50, 236 HP with 2200 Hours
- Auxiliary Engine: Yanmar 4JHE-THE 110 HP with 50 hours
- Speed: Main Engine: 9.7 Knots @ 1700 rpm Max: 11 Knots
Auxiliary Engine: 8.0 knots
- Range: ~5,500 nm at 9.5k (fuel range data sheet available on request)
- Fuel Consumption: @ 9.7 knots, 1700 rpm: 5 gal/19 liters per hour
- Tankage: Fuel 3,160 gal (11,960L) Water 1,800 gals (6,813L) Holding 80 gal total (302L) in two separate tanks
- Hull Material: Aluminum
- Displacement: 88,000 lbs. full tanks / 75,000 lbs. half full tanks
- Ballast: 6500 lbs.
- Minimum range of positive stability: Approximately 130 degrees
- Sleeps 5 in 3 staterooms, 2 heads
PROPULSION, FUEL AND STEERING
Engines & Gearboxes:
Main Engine: John Deere 6068 SFM50 236hp, ZF280 V 2.556 to 1 reduction transmission with Drive Saver
Get-Home Engine: Yanmar 4JHE-THE, 110hp, ZF220V transmission
All raw water cooling needs served thru single sea chest with clean out above the waterline and dual heavy duty strainers isolated by valves
Propulsion & Steering:
Main Engine: 31” 4-bladed prop mounted, spare 3-bladed Aquamet propeller stowed in the forepeak, 2.5” Aquamet shaft with SureSeal shaft seal , Spurs line cutter
Auxiliary Engine: Gori 3-bladed folding propeller
Steering system – single rudder with 2 x Commander V5 Comnav P2 autopilots with control heads at both helms. Each is completely redundant on separate Hynautic circuits with dual independent Kobelt cylinders. AcuSteer pumps for both helms with dual, independent Kobelt steering cylinders
Teleflex manual helm pump as back up to dual autopilot system
Other Mechanical Equipment:
Lewmar 24 VDC 8kW/11hp bow thruster
Naiad Model 302 Datum stabilizers with 9 square foot fins
Kolstrand 120 square inch paravane/stabilizer ‘fish’ as backup to active fins
Magma flopper stoppers (2) for roll stabilization at anchor
Coltri MCH6 MarinePak 240 VAC dive compressor in engine room, with remote dual-tank filling harness on aft deck
Reverso oil change pump with manifold serving main engine, get home, transmissions and generator.
Murphy gauges tied to Maretron system for main engine oil level, gear pressure, coolant temp, and coolant level.
Very Extensive Complement of Spares. Approximate spares list is available on request.
Refrigerator: Frigoboat 24 VDC, 11.5 cubic feet
Freezers: Frigoboat 24 VDC, 8.5 cubic feet in galley, 5.75 cubic feet below in basement
Miele 220 VAC H4080 speed oven/microwave oven combination
Miele 220 VAC 3-burner induction cooktop
Fisher Paykel 120 VAC single drawer dishwasher
Galley Mate 1500 barbecue with grill, on aft deck
Broan 230 VAC 50/60 Hz 1.4 cubic foot trash compactor
Asko 220 VAC separate full size washer and vented dryer
Intervac Central Vacuum with two pickup points
5 berths: Queen in master, full size in guest and 1 single berth in aft cabin
Fabric-upholstered headboard in master cabin
Custom HandCraft Mattress innerspring pillow-top mattresses in master and guest staterooms
Upgraded Hi-Macs countertops throughout
Upgraded ultra-suede type settee fabric throughout
2 x Planus Artic marine toilets
Master has separate tub/shower, toilet compartment with Planus head and vanity with sink integrated in to the forward area of stateroom
Aft head with separate shower stall and toilet, vanity/sink exterior to toilet compartment. Upgraded ‘dry’ aft head layout
Sinks and showers drain overboard via Whale Gulper pumps
Freshwater deck shower on aft swim platform with hot and cold mixer valve
Samsung 40” retractable LED TV (salon)
Samsung 32” wall-mounted LED TV (master stateroom)
Sonos wireless zone-controlled stereo system with speakers in salon, master stateroom and fly bridge
NAVIGATION, COMMUNICATION AND MONITORING
Furuno NavNet 3D black box radar/chart plotter/fish finder system
Furuno 6 foot open array with ARPA
Separate Furuno 4 kW 24 inch Radome
3 x Dell 19” flat panel LCD helm displays
Furuno FA-150 Class A AIS transceiver
Furuno CH-270 retractable forward looking Searchlight Sonar
Furuno 12” multi-function display/repeater for fly bridge helm
Mac Mini computer running Windows 7 with dedicated GPS antenna and NMEA integration for Coastal Explorer chart plotting
FLIR M-Series pan/tilt thermal night vision system
Engine room and aft deck cameras with picture fed into Navnet3D
ICOM M604 VHF radio with second ‘Command Mic’ at fly bridge helm with hailer
ICOM M802 SSB/HF radio with HF Pactor modem
Fleet Broadband 150 satellite voice/data
Airmar PB200 WeatherStation
3 x Maretron DSM 250 color LCD vessel monitor displays, one at each helm, plus one in master stateroom.
Maretron N2KView PC-based vessel monitor system with dedicated black box computer. Maretron monitors a wide variety of parameters including environment, AC & DC systems, main engine, and pumps and is expandable and easily modified by user.
Electrolysis monitor meter
Peplink MAX HD router – accepts 2 x cellular sim cards for data, 2 x WAN ports, 2 x Wifi ports, 4 x port wireless router for on board network
The boat is primarily setup as 24VDC
Two Victron multiphase 24/230VAC inverter chargers set up as slave and master provide 230VAC for air conditioning, water maker, dive compressors, induction cook top, microwave oven, washer and dryer
One Victron Phoenix 24/120VAC inverters provides 120VAC
Onan generator 13.5 kW/60 Hz
230V, 120V &12V outlets are located throughout the boat
Hoppecke traction style batteries provide 1200 amp hours of capacity at 24 volts
Secondary 12 volt DC batteries provide power for engine and genset starting
The Victron Inverters double as main 24VDC battery Charger
2 x Serpentine belt driven 28 volt Electrodyne alternators on the main engine provide a combined output of 7.4 KW (300 amps at 28 volts) thru two heavy duty remote mounted rectifiers while underway.
This is sufficient to run key onboard AC power systems via the inverters while underway and recharge the batteries with some power management without running the generator.
Onan 13.5kV - 240V AC at 60 Hz.
Generator Hours: c. 1,620
AC Shore power – Incoming shore power is isolated via an isolation transformer.
Two shore power connection points, one in the forepeak and one on the aft deck accept either 30 amp (110V – 60Hz) or 50 amp (240V - 50 or 60 Hz).
Shore power cords
2 x SunPower solar panels, each with 245 W max production
Recessed LED overhead on dimmers throughout
Forward and aft deck flood lights, fly bridge task lighting and swim step LED
Large forward facing 230VAC flood light on foremast
24VDC fluorescent lights in engine room
LED anchor and navigation lighting
4 X 230VAC reverse cycle Climma integrated air conditioning units with internal distilled water coffer dam heat exchange, not sea water dependent. Two independently controlled units in the salon each with 16,000 BTU, one in the master stateroom and one in the aft stateroom, each with 10,000 BTU. Fan only and dehumidification modes in addition to heat and cool.
Kabola diesel boiler for cabin heat and/or hot water, plumbed to main engine and hot water heater with manifold to bypass heating loop for summer operation
Custom external mesh coverings for all windows and awnings for all port and starboard windows
Hi-Lo Delta-T exhaust fan in the engine room
Switlik 6 person SAR life raft
Fiorentino 21’ para-anchor
Hathaway Galerider drogue
Fireboy MA2 engine room fire extinguisher with automatic and remote control
Fireboy ES-5000 automatic engine shut down system
CO H2 detectors
Maretron monitoring system with engine room heat sensors, complete engine alarms along with other monitoring integrated to Maretron N2K and DS250 system.
Fire extinguishers mounted throughout the boat in strategic locations
2 x Fire blankets
Security system with deck pressure sensors, salon door sensor, horn and light alarm alert can be activated via remote key fob
PAR Jabsco diaphragm electric pumps – 2 x in engine room, 1 x in forepeak, 1 x in basement with roving hose and connections to stabilizer cofferdams. Manual/automatic control on all pumps plus high water alarms all connected to Maretron monitoring system
1 x Pacer hydraulic damage control pump (600 liters per minute) plumbed to forepeak, living areas and engine room
Sea Recovery Aqua Whisper II 220 VAC 58 GPH/1400 GPD with auto fresh water flush and soft start
Sea Recovery UV sterilizer
4 port manifold
2 Headhunter X-Caliber 10 GPM fresh water pumps plumbed in parallel for 100% redundancy
SureJust Solaris dual element hot water heater
Tank capacity is 1,800 US Gal (6,800L)
Fuel Capacity is 11,960 liters (3,160 US Gal.) in two main tanks, two trim tanks and day tank. Tanks are integral to aluminum hull
High capacity fuel transfer/polishing system with two geared Oberdoerfer pumps (offering redundancy), polishing filtration and debug system allowing transfer from any tank to any tank via valved manifolds.
Day tank topped up automatically with pump running, low level, fill level and high level alarms.
Manifold from day tank to all primary consumers with dual Racor filtration on main engine and additional filtration to other diesel consumers.
6,800 liters (1,800 US Gal.) in two integral aluminum tanks plus separate polyethylene galley tank for filtered water
Two Polyethylene tanks –150 liter (40 US Gal.) capacity. Filtered tank breathers. Remote level indicators.
DECK AND ANCHORING
Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:
Maxwell VWC4000 24VDC windlass with controllers and chain counters at both helms and remote controller in forepeak
Rocna 240 lb/110 kg anchor
Fortress FX125 spare anchor
Deck wash (salt and freshwater) fore and aft
Stainless deck stanchions with stainless lifelines
Boarding gates port and starboard or on aft swim platform
Aft deck propane BBQ with freshwater sink
Large storage lockers either side of swim platform
Large integrated swim platform aft
Aft deck freshwater shower (hot and cold with mixer valve)
2 Hobie pedal kayaks and paddles, with custom storage on pilothouse
Basic hull and structure is welded aluminum including superstructure with three full watertight bulkheads and two half-height watertight bulkheads
Bottom is 12 mm aluminum plate
Integral aluminum tanks for water and diesel form a double bottom between the three full height watertight bulkheads
19mm tempered windows with storm boards
6500 pounds of lead ballast
Whether on ocean passages or coastal adventures Buffalo Nickel sets the standard. Her proven offshore capabilities coupled with countless safety features ensures safe and comfortable passages. She is elegant where it counts and rugged where it is needed. Clearly a cut above and ready for a new owner’s adventures.
After 33,000 miles of cruising the owners of Buffalo Nickel decided on a larger version and are underway building the new boat. BN has proven to be an exceptional offshore cruising boat, sea kindly, easily handled by two, beautifully finished offering comfortable and elegant interior and an easily maintained exterior. One of eleven of this design out cruising the world #7 is ready for more travel. Meticulous maintenance records and recent upgrades and maintenance in 2017.