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Brief Summary

The Island Pilot 435 is a cool boat, but somebody has hung the “trawler” moniker around its waterline -- probably one of those boating magazines, or an ad agency that was passing thru town. The IP 435 is about as close to a being a trawler as we at are to being ballet dancers. On the Island Pilot website they call it a “crossover” trawler. Crossover to what? From what? We have no idea, (but builder Reuben Trane does and we’ll tell you in the jump.) No, forget the “T” word: The Island Pilot 435 is a slick sedan cruiser that’s fast and efficient, thanks to an uber-modern drive train and four shiny bronze props. And you can dock it with a joystick! If you want a unique, low-production cruiser that comes standard with virtually everything you need turn-key, at a price that will make other builders in class cringe, you have come to the right place. Did we say four props?

Key Features

  • Vertical windlass with 45# plow anchor, chain, rode & roller
  • Remote spot light — Bow mounted with 2 each remotes
  • Stainless steel railings, bridge & swim ladders
  • Opening stainless hatches with screens (2 each)
  • Opening stainless portlights with screens (4 ea. 1SR/5 ea. 2SR)
  • 10’ 2” rigid bottom tender with 9.9 HP 4-stroke OB & chocks
  • Folding mast with boom & electric winch for launching tender
  • Aft deck console with Kenyon electric grill
  • Swim platform with folding SS ladder
  • Deck washdown — hot/cold transom shower
  • Fly bridge with helm chairs, settee/locker & control station
  • Chain locker forward — 2 each lazarettes aft
  • Bottom paint, commissioned in the water
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 44' 0''
    13.4 m
    Beam 14' 0''
    4.27 m
    Dry Weight 33,000 lbs.
    14,969 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 3' 4''
    1.02 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 390 gal.
    1,476 L
    Water Capacity 175 gal.
    662 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta D6 IPS600
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    Island Pilot 435 (2010-) Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    Captain’s Report by Mike Smith

    Back Story

    Reuben Trane is the brains behind Island Pilot. According to his Facebook page, Trane earned a Master of Fine Arts in film from Columbia in 1973, not what you’d call perfect training for the boating business, but on the other hand it is not easy to get into Columbia’s film school, so he’s no dummy. But come to think of it, what is good preparation for getting into the boating industry? Over the past 30 years Trane has started five boat companies. You might remember the Florida Bay Boat Company from the early 1980s; it built Trane’s own funky Marsh Hen, Peep Hen, Mud Hen and Bay Hen sailboats.

    Island Pilot 435
    Wide side decks and high rails make for safe movement on deck, but the flush deck aft is odd; most boats have a cockpit here. This design might be ideal for scuba divers or people who like being closer to the water. Note that the standard 10’2” tender is carried on the fiberglass canopy over the aft deck. There is an electric winch for launching.

    Then came Florida Bay Coasters, boxy, shallow-draft expedition cruisers designed by Jay Benford. Built of steel, they appealed to wannabe Charlie Allnuts. One model carried a Jeep on deck, and, if we remember correctly, another toted a small helicopter.After the Coasters sailed, Trane came back into the box to partner with naval architect Jim Krogen and his son Kurt to start Krogen Express; the first boat, the Express 49, is still in production as the Krogen Express 52. Then Great Harbour trawlers, idiosyncratic craft drawn by naval architect Lou Codega, also still being built, and, finally, Island Pilot. The first boat, the IP 395, is the basis for today’s IP 435. Why the change? It’s because of the four propellers.

    Island Pilot 435
    Here’s the four props we promised you, spinning on a pair of Volvo Penta’s IPS 600 drives joined to 435-hp diesels. The counter-rotating props pull the boat rather than push it – the bow in this photo is to the left – and provide phenomenal maneuverability along with low drag and high efficiency.

    “Crossover” What?

    Reuben says, “We call her a ‘Crossover Trawler’ since we feel she can be used in a similar fashion to a trawler – slow speed, good economy – while still able to function well at ‘semi-displacement’ speeds – and really shine at planning speeds.”

    IPS-y Does It

    The first Island Pilot, the 39’6”, 30,000-lb. IP 395, ran on twin 350-hp Volvo Penta engines hooked to Duoprop stern drive lower units. The 395 referred to the transom tucked under the deck where the stern drives emerged. (The conventional way of measuring boats until the last 5-10 years or so.) The 435 refers to the extended bottom and transom, now under the swim platform. “For all intents and purposes, both are identical except for the transom and swim platform treatment,” says Trane.

    Island Pilot 435
    Take a good look at this aft deck because it is unusual. Picture weather cloths on the railings and four chairs on deck or, racks for scuba tanks and gear, and, of course, rod holders for trolling! Note the joystick just to the left of the sliding door on the port side.

    As stern drives go, Duoprops are fine, but not what you’d expect to find on a boat that size. And then came IPS, the almost-magic, computer-controlled pod drives developed by Volvo Penta in 2005. According to Volvo, IPS technology reduces fuel burn and CO2 emissions by 30% at best cruise, often produces higher top speed at WOT and adds as much as 40% to cruising range, all with lower noise levels, compared to conventional inboards spinning shafts. And then there’s the joystick.

    Island Pilot 435
    The Volvo Penta 435-hp IPS 600 diesels were designed specifically for marine use with forward-facing Duoprop pod drives. In other words, this propulsion system was not cobbled together from a truck engine and off-the-shelf automotive parts like most other recreational marine engines.

    Hal as Co-Pilot

    The IPS computer is your co-pilot and does the thinking for you. (Let’s hope Volvo isn’t outsourcing their software engineering to Toyota.) It’s also easy to add joysticks – the IP 435 has three: at the helm, flying bridge and in the cockpit. When you’re ready to get moving, shift into gear with the conventional controls and the joystick disengages.Now with Volvo’s new DPS “Dynamic Positioning System,” you can push a button at the helm and the boat holds heading and position while you rig lines and fenders, make a sandwich, or take a quick head break. The DPS is now standard on new Island Pilots.

    Island Pilot 435
    The Island Pilot 435 at displacement speed. Note weather cloths aft. The builder says that you can get 3 n miles per gallon at 7 knots or 1 n mile from 18 to 28 knots.

    The IPS drives sit under the hull, but the Island Pilot 395 used sterndrives. Rather than redesigning the boat, Trane and crew simply added length to accommodate the new drives, and the layout is exactly the same except for the addition of the swim platform and the removal of a single recessed step on centerline aft.

    Performance with IPS 600

    The redesign also added 3,000 lbs of weight, offset by boosting horsepower to twin 435s and the increased efficiency of the IPS. According to Island Pilot figures – we have not tested the boat ourselves – the 435 tops out at 34 knots (39 mph) and cruises at 30 (34.5 mph), burning about 1 nm/gal when on plane throughout the 18 to 28-knot speed range with half-load, according to the builder. Throttle down to real trawler speed and you’ll get about 3 nm/gal. at 7 knots. Again, these are company figures, not ours, so don’t call us if you run out of fuel.

    Living Large

    Island Pilot 435Wouldn’t it be nice if somebody designed a boat that didn’t have an island queen berth forward? What ever happened to V-berths? (If you want them, IP will build them for you.) The differences in the two arrangements are amidships: the galley down in the single-s.r. version is moved up to make room for the study that converts into a second stateroom. The helm and companion seats are side-by-side in the 2-s.r. version, too.Island Pilot offers the 435 in two accommodations plans: single-stateroom with eat-in galley down, and two-staterooms, two heads with galley up. In the latter layout, the second stateroom converts to a study, or vice-versa. It’s nice to have a study, so the latter arrangement would be our choice; we don’t mind losing saloon/deckhouse space to the galley -- cooking is less of a chore if you have windows to look out. And now and then we might have guests. On the other hand, we prefer the helm layout of the galley-down boat, with separate helm and companion seats rather than side-by-side. You’ll have to make your own call on this. Both versions put the master stateroom forward, fitted with the ever-present island berth.

    Island Pilot 435
    Here’s the galley in the single-stateroom layout. It looks a little small to us, but you are only seeing half of it, the other half is behind the cameraman.
    Island Pilot 435
    Looking to port from the galley, you’ll see the household-sized fridge/freezer opposite a washer/dryer under the counter at right. Yes, that’s a TV over the counter, a 15” LCD, so you can watch The Cooking Channel while you make lunch. The 2-stateroom layout replaces this fridge with a Vitrifrigo drawer-type, and a separate freezer. (Vitrifrigo Italian reefers are gaining acceptance among American builders these days.)

    In the Saloon

    The single-stateroom layout leaves lots of room for a big saloon with helm and co-pilot seats on either side of the companionway. This gives both parties more elbow room than the side-by-side helm seats in the 2-s.r. layout. Otherwise the helms are the same in both layouts. Keeping the galley down isn’t so good for the cook, but better for everyone else, and it leaves more room for lounging in the saloon. The builder tells us that 2/3rds of the boats go out with singles.

    Island Pilot 435
    Wow, plenty of room for both skipper and companion here, with big swivel seats and even a chart table to port. The skipper can jump onto the deck in a flash via the door at his elbow, or keep a close eye on the rub rail while docking with the joystick. If berthing port-side-to, he can use the joystick in the cockpit, where it’s mounted on the port side. There are clear sight lines all around from the helm. An entertainment center holds a 26” HDTV and Bose home-theater system. A DirecTV receiver is standard, too.
    Island Pilot 435
    Builder Reuben Trane is a “less is more” kind of guy. A single 15” Garmin multifunctional screen is all you need and all you get, along an HD 4kw radar, digital DF, XM Weather Receiver, autopilot VHF, AIS, aft-facing camera, KVH HD Sat antenna w/DISH HD receiver, among other things – all standard! Tachometers and other engine readouts are all incorporated on a single 7” color LCD screen.

    On Deck

    Too many boats this size have sidedecks made for Gumby, but full-sized folks can move around freely aboard the IP 435. Rather than jam as many square-feet as possible into accommodations, thereby minimizing deck space, Trane and his gang remembered that sometimes you have to go on deck, and made it easy to do so. What’s more, the rails run continuously from bow to stern, so you never have to make a leap of faith over an unprotected stretch.

    Island Pilot 435
    Can you guess why there are rails around the two forward hatches? We couldn’t. It turns out that this boat was built for a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and he wanted to be able to land gurneys here lowered by a chopper with breaking his hatches. The bow rails are also higher than standard, per the owner’s request and IP was happy to oblige. We like the height no matter how one uses the boat.
    Island Pilot 435
    The aft deck is large and well-guarded by rails, but it’s unusual not to have a bona fide cockpit on a boat of this type. Owners could create a semblance of one inexpensively, with canvas weather cloths laced to the rails. Access to the 2’-wide swim platform is easy through the double gate. We like the handrails serving the swim ladder, too. They will also be handy for guests dropping over by dinghy when you are at anchor. The IPS drives are way under the hull, so the props aren’t a problem. Engine access is through the long centerline hatch.
    Island Pilot 435
    The flying bridge isn’t fancy, but has everything you need, all of it standard equipment. There’s a 66” bench seat aft of the contoured buckets, and a Bimini overhead. Note the third joystick at right.

    The Bottom Line

    So what’s the bottom line? The single-stateroom version of the IP 435 costs $599,000 for single stateroom, $614,500 for double. This is not that bad when you consider everything that’s included – which is almost everything. There is no option list – anything else you want onboard you have to add yourself. Even a 10’ RIB and outboard is included, and a satellite antenna for the TVs. The price includes delivery from the Her Shine yard in Zhuhai, China, commissioning, duty, bottom paint and even a full tank of fuel, and safety equipment. We prefer to buy our own anyway, and choose better quality stuff than provided in the typical “safety package.” Otherwise, buy an IP 435, bring your clothes and food aboard and go cruising.Sharing design credits with Reuben Trane are naval architects George Petrie, N.A., and Robert Harris, N.A., two veterans who have been designing yachts of all types for years. One of the nice things about the IP 435 is that there will not be a gaggle of them in the marina when you pull in for a night’s stop over. The company is a boutique builder and production numbers are relatively low.


    While this boat is not for everyone, we think it offers tremendous value compared to other boats this size on the market in its class. Its list of standard equipment will choke most builders, if not a horse. To see the complete list, click here...If you are looking for any type of boat in this size range – Downeast cruiser, express cruiser, hardtop, sedan or whatever, we suggest you see this boat for comparison purposes, if nothing else.Just don’t tell your friends it’s a trawler.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Standard
    Fishfinder Standard
    GPS/Chart Standard
    VHF Radio Standard


    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    TV/DVD Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Standard


    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Standard


    Bimini Top Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Generator Standard
    Oil Change System Standard
    Washer/Dryer Standard


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