The Luhrs Marine Group’s goals for its 41 Convertible were simple: The boat had to be built to accommodate the offshore angler, but she also needed enough creature comforts so that a fisherman could enjoy a weeklong cruise with his family. Where’d these goals come from? A focus group put together by Luhrs, consisting of boat owners and dealers.
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Now not everyone is a mechanic, but every boat owner will spend time in the engine room, and the 41 has one that’s nearly as spacious as her accommodations area. I’m 6'0”, and I can easily duck and crabwalk around both engines. A shiny fiberglass liner and a fiberglass headliner sandwiched with Nidacore brighten the space, add thermal and acoustical insulation, and keep everything looking clean. It is easy to read the large fuel sight gauge on centerline just forward of the twin 720-hp Yanmar 6SY-STP diesels. Luhrs places all filters and pumps in a room aft of the engine room, with the two spaces separated by a door. Why a door? Well, aside from sound deadening and eliminating any engine-related soot, to keep the fish fresh, of course. Luhrs found that in-deck fish boxes often require tons of ice because the heat from the engines warms the boxes. The door minimizes heat transfer.
When it comes to accommodations, the forepeak master is the centerpiece. To maximize the stateroom’s 6’6” headroom, Luhrs craftily dropped the mattress frame to just 31 inches off the sole. The result? Almost four feet of headroom above the queen-size berth, making the stateroom seem bigger (the 15’9” beam helps). That’s right, no more stepping up to bed, you can just fall right onto the mattress at the end of a long day. The guest stateroom aft to starboard is also smartly arranged with a double berth, as opposed to bunks. The single head is just aft and to port of the master and can be entered from the master or companionway. It features a separate sit-down, 26-inch-wide shower stall for two (if you’re friendly) and a VacuFlush MSD.
There is an Ultraleather L-shape lounge in the saloon, just to starboard upon entering from the cockpit. The lounge stretches outboard under the side decks and, with the touch of a button, slides out into a berth for two. Rounding out the saloon, Luhrs opted for Everwear for the saloon sole. It’s a faux teak-and-holly laminate that is durable, and whether you’re cruising with the kids or taking a bunch of guys out for a few days offshore, you’ll appreciate that.
Everwear is also used in the U-shape galley, which is up and just forward of the lounge. It’s equipped with a three-burner cooktop, stainless steel convection/microwave oven, and coffee maker, but the neatest feature is the raised wooden handholds that envelop the standard Corian countertops.
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