Encore is a highly capable, well cared for 48 Sunfjord pilothouse long range cruiser. She is unique in that she has be outfitted for the needs of a crew members who are wheel chair bound or just have some mobility issues. Her special features for wheelchair access include wide boarding gates on the aft deck, extra wide entry doors, lowered counter tops, special bath room accommodations and even an elevator large enough for a full size electric wheel chair that provide for easy access from the main living level to the pilothouse helm.
Stepping inside from the protection of a covered aft deck through the extra wide sliding bulkhead door you find a open floor plan main salon surrounded by the classic nautical warmth of teak walls and cabinetry. A large comfortable lounging couch sits along the aft bulkhead perfect for viewing the wall mounted flat panel TV positioned just above a freestanding table and chairs that provided optional wheelchair access for meals or just enjoying your favorite movie together. To port you find a fully equipped galley with strategically positions appliances in dedicated work areas and special features like lowered countertops, easy access drawers and cabinet cut outs to provide both accessibility and convenience to the wheel chair bound chef. In the forward galley area you find the easy access of a stainless steel home size, side by side refrigerator/freezer located within reach of the Jenn-air flat top electric stove. Just aft is the wheelchair accessible double bowel sink and her full-size dishwasher. A Microwave sits just above the dishwasher within reach of the chef. The helm to main floor elevator is strategically located forward center of the main salon for convenient access from the helm to the galley and main floor comforts. Just starboard of the elevator is a large head with handicapped equipped sink, shower and head supported by a massive 150 gal holding tank. In the head area, you find the convenience of a washer dryer. The home comforts of the head, shower and washer/dryer are supported by 500 gallons of fresh water and a 30-gallon hot water tank. Forward you find a massive captains quarters with plenty of storage and the easy access of a full roll around queen berth. No matter where you are in the boat you will be comfortable with heat provided by her oil stove and electric register heating as well as AC for those hot days. Taking the elevator to the second floor you find well laid out expanded pilot house overlooking the classic Portuguese bridge. The extended pilot house offers the space for a sitting area and the advantage of another wheelchair accessible head so your crew don t need to use the elevator when on watch.
Access to the Encore is by way of the aft deck through large boarding gates on both port and starboard. This is a great place to sit and enjoy the sunset while staying out of the elements. Just aft of the pilot house you find a large roof deck equipped with a 4" Aluminum Davit system powered by a Kinematic hydraulic pick to launch her 15 hp Yamaha powered rib. Forward deck access is through the doors on either side of the pilot house. Here you have the comfort and safety of a Portuguese bridge to enjoy some fresh salt air while on your adventure. Through the center of the Portuguese bridge, is access to the forward deck. Here you find a ground tackle packages with a massive 145 Forfjord anchor secured with 72 of 3/8 chain and 200 of 3/4 line all easily managed by a bulletproof Kolstrand Hydraulic winch.
Her single 210 Caterpillar with only 1800 hrs. will push this beast through the water at 7.5 knots burning only 4 GPH. With the 2000 gallons of fuel aboard you will have a range of 1500 miles. This kind of range make the run from Alaska to San Diego and then the classic trawler adventure of the FUBAR rally a possibility. This is a bucket list adventure few people even without handicaps ever dream of. Bow and stern thruster make close quarter docking a breeze.
Both 30-amp and 50-amp shore power is standard with a Norther Lights Generator providing the AC Power when cruising. Her on board DC power supply is supported by 3 start batteries and 3 house bank batteries. She comes with a complete electronics package that includes, a Furuno radar, Furno and Raymarine GPS plotters, as well as an Acer Laptop with rose point software. Icom and hand held VHFs are available for communications.
Encore is a unique vessel with both live aboard on and long range cruising capabilities. Many cruisers have felt that mobility challenges mean they must give up the dream of cruising and far off adventures. With Encore that dream does not have to end.
2207 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK 99503