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2014, September; Pittwater: Featuring a generous beam of 4.11 metres, the 11.7 metre (38.5 feet) Integrity 380 offers a great deal of onboard room, especially as the flybridge has its own aft deck that extends back over the cockpit.
With a basic theme of reliable simplicity, the Integrity packs a lot of standard features into its base price of $549,000 which, at the time of writing, included a host of options such as aircon/heating, flat-screen TV, an outboard-powered RIB tender, an Onan 4kva generator, upgraded ultra-leather upholstery, teak and holly flooring, Corian counter tops, cockpit seating, camping covers and much more. By the time you read this, that package may no longer be available, but it’s indicative of the excellent value that the 380 will provide.
Power comes from a John Deere six-cylinder turbo-diesel rated at 168 kw (225 hp) that cruises the 380 at a comfortable seven or eight knots and can run up to around 10 knots. Twin fuel tanks provide 1,135 litres for extended voyages at an average 8 litres/hour and the hull design can easily handle offshore conditions. A full keel protects the prop and rudder and delivers directional stability even in difficult quartering seas. The standard feature of bow and stern thrusters make manoeuvering around marinas and jetties easy and relaxed.
Stepping aboard the Integrity gives the first clues as to its remarkable liveability as wide side decks below properly sized bulwarks, and with clip-out sections of the strong guard rails, make it safe and convenient to board or disembark from directly alongside. The full beam boarding platform offers an equally viable alternative (at a lower level) with another central guard rail across the back and a small step up into the cockpit through a starboard entry port in the transom.
The cockpit leaves plenty of floor space even with L-shaped lounges in the port quarter and a reclining lounge to starboard. Under the sole is a sizeable lazarette for storing bulky items such as fenders, and indeed throughout the whole of the 380 storage capacity is beyond generous.
Stainless-framed glass ‘hopper’ doors can seal off the main saloon but when opened – the lower door slides away and two upper doors hinge upward – they leave an unrestricted flow between saloon and cockpit. The galley is L-shaped in the aft starboard corner of the saloon so anyone prepping snacks or meals is right in the centre of both the saloon and cockpit for conversations and social mingling; any gregarious chef can prepare their masterpieces whilst still leading interactive entertainment amongst guests.
A two-burner electric cooktop on the side Corian-topped work area is behind large sliding windows that admit all the light and fresh air you could want, whilst twin sinks in the work area facing the cockpit can be partially covered by a removable Corian panel. In craftsman-finished cabinets above and below are a microwave and fridge/freezer with doors and drawers opening into plentiful storage areas. For longer cruises, a second freezer can be fitted.
It was pleasing to see that the Corian worktops had integral fiddles which, although small, would help to keep things rolling off. The corners of the tops were thoughtfully rounded too for safety. Opposite the galley another L-shaped lounge forms a dinette around a table with fold-out panels so it can either be a compact coffee table or a full-size dining table. That area also converts to a double berth – as does the lounge/table combination in the cockpit. A large section of the beautifully finished teak cabinetry flowing back from the port front quarter lifts to reveal a flat screen TV. There too is a recessed area for keeping remotes and similar items.
The blend of cream-coloured acoustic vinyl in the overhead panels, the ultra-leather upholstery and the teak/holly flooring is both traditional and very appealing. The neutral tones mean that owners can create their own colour accents with cushions and other accessories, and also that it would be easy to change the accent and tone from time to time without having to amend the underlying finish. Integrity can provide alternative timber finishes such as Cherrywood or American Oak if required.
Deep and wide windows down the saloon sides and large screen panels across the front make the entire area light, bright and airy; blinds and curtains can turn the saloon into a more intimate setting in the evenings.
The main helm position is in the starboard front quarter of the saloon. It is both efficient and stylish with a stainless ship-style wheel and clearly-sighted dash panel. An overhead cabinet holds the stereo system control unit and a Raymarine VHF radio. There is plenty of space to add navigation electronics and a sliding door gives immediate access to the side deck and up to the foredeck for mooring.
Entry to the engine room is under the sole of the saloon. For routine checks, two panels in the floor lift on gas-assist struts and hinge to starboard for an easy step-down into a spotless engineer’s delight. For more serious work, another panel under the saloon table can be lifted. All the wiring and hoses were properly secured and – very impressively – there were clearly readable labels to quickly identify what was what. A non-mechanical owner or a technician new to the boat would soon find their way around. A level of redundancy is built in with the twin fuel tanks feeding through independent water-separating Racor filters and plumbed so that the engine can feed from either or both tanks. Should one tank or filter become clogged, it would be a moment’s work to switch to the other.
Also easily checked were the large raw-water filter and the shaft drive coupling. Aft was the Cummins Onan 4 Kva generator, and the battery boxes were properly installed with a beautifully made electrical connections bus-bar. The John Deere turbo-diesel was immaculate; these engines have a reputation for low maintenance and solid reliability. Because of that, they are often the preferred brand for commercial trawlers.
Back in the saloon, three steps centrally forward lead down to the staterooms and bathroom. There used to be two steps, but comments from owners indicated they were too steep, and so Integrity changed to the more easily-negotiated triple steps – an example of the company’s keenness to listen to feedback and to move quickly to adapt under a philosophy of continual improvement. To port is the guest cabin with double berth, hanging locker and other storage compartments whilst opposite that is the bathroom with electric toilet and separate shower area.
Further forward is the owner’s stateroom with island double bed, cedar-lined hanging locker, angled corner shelving and more stowage capacity as well as the second flat screen TV. All these accommodations are well lit through large portholes and, for the main stateroom, a screened overhead hatch. The quality finish of trim and timber with, for the bathroom, shiny white easy-clean surfaces and non-slip teak-grate under-foot platforms is welcoming and comfortable.
Put together, the interior of the 380 Flybridge is hard to fault for live-aboard enjoyment and relaxed entertaining. The two staterooms and the two convertible double berths in the saloon and cockpit mean you could sleep four couples, and there’s enough room for that to remain uncrowded over a weekend or so. The wide beam of the 380 not only adds to the interior spaciousness, but makes the Integrity very stable when moored. Two couples could enjoy life afloat for as long as they want; there are two fresh water tanks totalling 780 litres and the holding tank is 115 litres with Y-valving for discharge into shore facilities or overboard when out at sea.
And that’s before adding the extra space of the commodious flybridge which is reached up a set of rail-protected teak steps from the cockpit. Once aloft, a large floor space extends aft over the cockpit while forward are L-shaped lounges each side of a central helm chair. Triangular tables are perfect for holding snacks and drinks, and there are stacks of stowage spots under seats and in the front of the flybridge main moulding.
Overhead is a bimini for sun protection whilst the helm is a full duplicate of the one below with all the same instrumentation, although with the added benefit from the higher vantage point of a great view across the foredeck and the surrounding waters. The layout allows the skipper to be surrounded by crew and guests in a very convivial setting, and the aft extension allows for a quite separate group to mingle if required.
Matching all the upstairs/downstairs amenities, the anchoring/mooring facilities are well thought out with a strong power winch and plenty of room in the anchor locker. Those excellent wide and protected side decks mean getting around from cockpit to foredeck is safe even in a seaway, and the deck hardware is intelligently located and well-sized to take care of the boat in all conditions.
Length (overall): 11.73 metres
Beam: 4.11 metres
Draft: 1.12 metres
Weight (dry): 10,000 kgs
Fuel capacity: 1,135 litres
Water capacity: 780 litres
Power: John Deere 6-Cylinder Turbo Diesel 168 kw (225 hp)
Top Speed: 9.3 knots
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January 1999; Pittwater, Sydney: When I checked on how to pronounce ‘Buizen’, the advice was to remember it starts like ‘beautiful’. That made it easy, and the adjective is totally appropriate for these Australian-made luxury pilothouse yachts.
We all visualise it from time to time. Cruising the Australian coast, the Barrier Reef or even around the world in a superb yacht that’s both fast and stable. The comforts of home are along for the ride with a spacious interior, exquisite woodwork, a fully-equipped kitchen, a couple of bathrooms, and private cabins for ourselves and our guests.
Unlike most yachts though, ours has a saloon with large windows that dazzle all aboard with a never-ending parade of spectacular views across limitless seascapes, tropical islands, exotic ports or the entrancing shoreline of a secluded bay. Being on the same level as the cockpit, our saloon allows guests to relax inside whilst still being able to watch us in the cockpit, and we can all chat easily as the yacht cruises along.
However, there’s plenty of room around the big wheel if everyone wants to be out in the open. As a counter-point, we can use the inside helm when it’s too hot or cold or rainy, or when we’d simply prefer to be close by our friends as they lounge around on the leather-upholstered settees in the saloon. Everyone feels more relaxed knowing we can cruise just as efficiently under power as sail, especially if the wind or the sea gets up, although there’s nothing quite like the exhilaration of spanking along with a good breeze filling the sails and with the whole boat alive and responsive.
And all of this would be just perfect aboard one of the Buizens presented here. In fact, there’s a 48 cruising the world right now that is already carrying trophies for taking out events in the Med and across the Atlantic.
There’s a couple of other international connotations for these boats, but the wonderful fact is that they are totally designed and built in Australia. From a largely self-contained facility in the northern Sydney suburb of Terrey Hills, Eddy and Frits Buizen produce a limited number of craftsman-built yachts that Eddy commissioned Queensland-based naval architect Paul Stanyon to design.
One international connotation is that the Buizen family originally came from Holland where Eddy started his years of training and apprenticeship when only 12. Migrating to Australia in 1953, Eddy set up a carpentry and joinery business that flourished and subsequently (around the late ‘70s) attracted attention from Bill Barry-Cotter who was then building Mariner power cruisers out of Narrabeen on Sydney’s northern beaches. (Bill, of course, went on to remarkable success with Mariner, Riviera and Maritimo luxury cruisers).
Bill asked Eddy to produce interior cabinetry for his Mariners and started a sequence of events that saw Eddy concentrating on producing high-quality timber interiors for several local builders including Cavalier and Northshore Yachts. Along the way younger brother Frits had joined the company, by now named Boat Interiors Pty Ltd, and the firm grew to some 28 staff that produced up to 200 boat interiors in one year.
The involvement with yachts led Eddy to believe there was a market opportunity for a carefully-built pilothouse cruiser, so he asked Joe Adams to design a fast cruising hull. That became the successful ‘Zeston’ yacht which Eddy made in two versions at 36 and 40 feet through the early to mid ‘80s. In 1988, some corporate changes saw the company re-named as Mastercraft Marine Pty Ltd, and the totally new ‘Buizen 48’ pilothouse cruising yacht was launched.
Paul Stanyon’s design for the new 48 was Eddy’s vision of the best possible cruising yacht with responsive performance under sail and power, superior seaworthiness, splendid accommodations, and flawless construction and rigging. A 40 foot version of the design followed later.
The second of the international connotations I mentioned came into play through a continuance of the ‘European-style’ pilothouse layout that had been apparent with the earlier ‘Zeston’ cruisers. For easy on-board living and entertainment, as well as provision of an efficient inside helm position to make cruising in adverse conditions more comfortable, the pilothouse approach has many benefits. It is just so convenient to have the main saloon at the same level as the cockpit, rather than down an often steep companionway as is the case with most sailing yachts.
Aboard both the Buizen 40 and 48, the saloon is more akin to the main cabin of a luxury power cruiser with large windows that give wide-screen 360 degree views both whilst cruising and when moored. Despite the added height of this style, clever design and a most beautiful curve and rake to the saloon’s forward windows give the pilothouse a low-profile sleekness that in no way impairs the flowing lines of the yacht’s overall profile.
Whilst the big wheel in the cockpit will always be the main helm used most of the time, the fully-equipped inside steering position offers an alternative with a great deal of flexibility and convenience. Holding a steady course on a cold night or in rain can be much more comfortable when sipping a mug of coffee in a warm and dry cabin. Also, when idling along under sail or power, the skipper might well prefer to share the company of guests who are relaxing on the settees in the saloon or dining at the table.
Even when at the main wheel in the cockpit, it’s great to be able to easily see and talk with family or guests in the saloon, rather than wonder who’s doing what below whilst shouting down a companionway. Typical of innovations throughout the two Buizens, the saloon door has a fold-down top that enables the bottom half to be closed for partial protection against adverse elements for those inside, whilst still enabling relaxed communication with others in the cockpit.
The big wheel is a focal point of the cockpit, and it’s surrounded by a most efficient arrangement of (powered) winches and controls, and with plenty of seats and storage. Rather a favourite spot is the teak seating mounted either side on the solid stainless frame of the aft safety rails. From these seats you get a sensational view along the full length of the boat, and they are perfect for ‘non working’ guests to be close to the skipper and all the action whilst not being in the way at all.
The side decks are nice and wide, with a good non-slip surface moulded in the ‘glass (laid teak is optional). Quite high safety rails run the length of the yachts and the whole approach is for easy handling by a couple or even solo. As you’d expect, an electric winch takes all the effort out of anchoring at your next port of call, and a full complement of electronic navigation aids is provided as part of the high standard of factory fit-out, subject to individual owner input and requirements.
The masthead rig has a genoa on a furling headstay, and both the 40 and 48 I had the pleasure of sailing aboard had been optionally fitted with another clver Australian invention - Joe Brookes’ ‘furlboom’ system. This enables the skipper to raise, stow or furl the mainsail with the touch of a button on the helm binnacle. A clever electric-hydraulic system manipulates the mainsail which is neatly stowed within the boom when down or partly furled. In-mast furling is also available.
The Aussie-made theme is further augmented with sails from Hood in Sydney, and spars from Yachtspars in Queensland.
The two lengths of the Buizen share the same hull except for scale, with a medium displacement design that performs well across a wide range of wind and sea conditions. By no means a race boat, but certainly a fast cruiser, the hull form is easily driven for good speed under sail. The yachts can also perform well under power with cruising ranges at around 8 knots of 1,000 nautical miles for the 48 and 500 nm for the 40.
Accommodations are similar for the two Buizens, although obviously there’s more space aboard the 48 and that allows an extra guest cabin so that seven can comfortably sleep overnight. Interior cabinetry and craftsmanship are most delightful, with carefully selected teak timbers that are beautifully finished and fitted. The main saloon has a dining table and settee to port, with a nifty extendible table on the 48 that features a folding hide-away centre-section.
The inside helm position is forward to starboard in front of another lounge running down the starboard side. On the 40, the front cushion of that side lounge lifts and swivels in a most ingenious arrangement to form the inside helm seat, whilst the 48 has a dedicated seat for inside-helming. Two large overhead hatches provide additional light and very welcome through-flow ventilation to make the saloons a most pleasant combination of luxury, comfort and practicality.
The galley is forward and down to port with plenty of work space and all the facilities of an upmarket apartment. The owner’s stateroom is right forward and has several alternatives in layout. On the 40, as well as a double berth and plenty of storage spots, the stateroom has a most useful ‘office’ area aft and to starboard where matters that couldn’t be escaped over a long weekend or extended cruise can be attended to with privacy and efficiency. Either of two ensuite layouts can be provided instead of the office.
On the 48, the stateroom has an island double with an ensuite to port. Both yachts have the main bathroom to starboard, just across and slightly forward of the galley. The extra guest cabin on the 48 is forward of that bathroom and can sleep two in upper and lower berths. Both Buizens then have two guest cabins down and aft of the main saloon, with a double on one side and a single on the other, so the 40 can easily accommodate five overnight.
Pricing (in 1999) for the 40 ranged from around $445,000 with the boat I was aboard adding various options to take it to $465,000. The 48 came to $716,000 with options and a very luxurious level of fit-out. The 48 was proving the most popular at the time.
I was privileged to be shown over the two Buizens by Eddy himself, as well as by Bill Rowell who provides the main sales outlet for the yachts from his office at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Sydney’s sparkling Pittwater. When considering any boat, let alone yachts of the calibre as these, it’s always just as important to assess the people behind the boat as much as the craft itself. You won’t find anywhere two more “gentlemen of the sea” than Eddy and Bill. Quietly professional and competent, their pride and enthusiasm for the Buizens comes across very clearly, and the careful attention to detail shown in every aspect of the yachts reflects their attitude and approach to life - and to building beautiful boats.
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