May 6th 2014. By Neil Rabinowitz.

Coastal Craft Concord: New Model with Quiet Flair

The 65 foot Concord, the latest and largest model in Coastal Craft’s line of aluminum motoryachts, is fast, elegantly finished and sweet to behold.

Designed by the artistic hand of Gregory Marshall Naval Architects and powered by twin Volvo IPS1200s, the Coastal Craft Concord exceeds 30 knots and cruises over 500 miles at 25 knots.  Coastal Craft founder Jeff Rhodes runs the small manufacturing plant off the British Columbia coast. Like Marshall, who lives on nearby Vancouver Island and operates from a quaint converted Victoria farm house in the middle of an apple orchard, Rhodes is  also a boater at heart. He began building commercial aluminum vessels in the mid 1990s and now produces  the 40, 45 and 56 along with this latest 65. Its  handsome profile and joystick control, deep V and rounded stern areas gives it the eye-catching handling of a sportscar, and the seaworthiness to handle Pacific seas at speed.

Coastal Craft Concord running

The lightweight aluminum 65′ Concord has twin Volvo IPS 1200s, which provide enough power to carve turns at 30 knots.

Coastal Craft Concord against land

The Concord’s naval architects engineered a balance between lightweight and displacement to power smoothly through seas without losing momentum, while still providing a pleasant ride on board.

Coastal Craft Concord with Cascades in background

Running in its home waters, Howe Sound of British Columbia, the Concord is the result of decades of evolution and refinement from Coastal Craft’s early years building commercial boats.

Coastal Craft Concord steering station

A full glass helm display with joy stick control and twin custom-installed Stidd chairs make this a command station with style.

Coastal Craft Concord interior lounge

The contemporary main salon, satin finished, looks aft and features a sprawling settee/entertaining area. Outside there’s a view astern to the California deck.

Coastal Craft Concord interior

Looking forward, the main salon includes an expansive great room with unobstructed panoramic views, LED lighting, modern joinery and an open interior through to the dining area and helm station.

Coastal Craft Concord salon

The very roomy raised dining settee is the best seat in the house for watching the scenery race by.

Coastal Craft Concord 65 stateroom

The full width master stateroom includes a side settee with six oversized opening port lights, and a large luxury head with a spacious walk-in stone figured shower.

Coastal Craft Concord 65 overhead

A sweeping twin port and starboard stairway leads from the teak swim step to the California deck and provides engine room access surrounded by polished stainless rails. On the top deck is a steering station and spot for a tender.

Coastal Craft Concord 65 running bow on

The twin Volvo IPS3 pods and joystick controls make this narrow-beamed speedster easy to handle yet rugged and seaworthy, ideal for open water cruising.

The home market for Coastal Craft will always be predominantly from Alaska to Mexico.  Yet these boats have already convinced skeptics of their pedigree, appearing on the East Coast from the Caribbean to Maine. Sparkling paint on shapely aluminum construction, combined with superb finish work and bright interior layouts, provide a backdrop for sunbathing, dining and outdoor driving. The result is a fresh new yacht, which introduces itself with a quiet flair.

Specifications: LOA 66’9″ • Beam 16’11” • Draft 5’0″ • Fuel Capacity 1000 gal • Water capacity 220 gal • Max speed 31 knots

For more information, visit Coastal Craft.


Neil Rabinowitz

YachtWorld Senior Photographer Neil Rabinowitz has photographed and written about all ends of the yachting world—racing, cruising and chartering—from the Caribbean to the South Pacific, and the Mediterranean to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest where he lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Recognized as one of the best, Neil has produced more than 2000 magazine covers and numerous feature stories. He continues to write and photograph for both editorial and advertising clients and has been a contributor to since its inception in 1995. View more of his photos on the Neil Rabinowitz website (