LeeZe Pilot HouseLeeZe is a George Buehler designed Lloyds A1 all season ocean crossing rated raised pilothouse trawler with the saloon and galley aft of the pilothouse. Below the pilothouse there is a guest stateroom with v-berths, one head with separate shower, and a master stateroom aft with a walk around king size bed.

Boarding the ship from through the transom door or the removable “Passerelle” commonly used on vessels in the Med, you enter the aft deck that has a sitting area with table to port, and a gas BBQ grill to starboard. Below the aft deck is a lazarette that includes a high efficiency deep freeze. Upon entering the saloon, there is a sitting area to starboard with a table, and a digital satellite TV, surround sound music and DVD station to port. Th galley is just forward of the saloon and to port, and is equipment with a full size refrigerator, a combination convection oven with broiler and microwave, a dishwasher, a 4 burner gas cooking top, and a sink with a garbage disposal.

As it is throughout LeeZe, there is plenty of storage.

Walk up a few steps to the pilothouse, there is Simrad-Icom-Furuno navigation suite steering station. LeeZe has an Iveco 180 hp N67MT Class D commercially rated engine which can be started and stopped not only from the pilothouse but also in the engine room. Aft of the steering station is a large sitting area, and the current owners use this as a place for one to rest while the other pilots.

The pilothouse has two sliding doors, with the port door leading up some steps to the boat deck. On the boat deck there is an electric winch to lift and launch  a 3.6m tender, a 3x12kg bottle propane gas storage locker, and above the pilothouse, there are 1500 watts of solar panels installed. There is also a sail steadying rig that is mainly used in anchorages to ensure that LeeZe responds to the wind conditions the same way that the nearby sailboats do.

LeeZe Saloon and GalleyWalk down a few steps from the starboard side of the pilothouse to get to a common area. Here there is a Miele washing machine installed below the linen locker. To port is the head and separate shower. Forward is the two person v-berth guest stateroom. Aft and down a step is the master cabin with a walk around king size bed and plenty of storage. This cabin is air conditioned. (There is plumbing and electrical installed under the sitting area in the saloon for a air conditioner.)

In the port aft corner of the master cabin is a water tight door leading to the engine room. There is also a plug in the saloon’s floor that can be lifted to provide additional access to the engine room.

Coming up from this area back to the pilot house, and going through either door toward the foredeck brings you to a very nice lounge area, and LeeZe’s anchoring system. There is a Quick electric winch with 130+ meters of 12 mm chain connected to a Rocna 88kg anchor. There is also a genoa sail here also to assist during long range cruising.

LeeZe Engine Room looking forwardThe engine room contains a walk around180 horsepower Iveco Diesel engine, two 100 amp Victron voltage and frequency independent battery chargers, two 3Kw (connected to act as a single 6Kw unit) dual voltage & frequency Victron inverters. The house bank is a 12 traction wet cell Inci 1250 amp hour battery bank @ 24 VDC. (The size of the house bank was originally determined to allow for three days of anchoring without having to run the generator. Now with the solar panels, we can stay weeks at anchor without running the generator.)

Included in the engine room are two Inci diesel start batteries, a 4Kw Faryman single diesel cylinder generator with its own battery start bank, a 3200 BTU Safire diesel heater, a salt water wash down system, a hot water heater and a 750 liter fresh water tank with a 400 liter gray water tank. Both the engine and the generator are keeled cooled with a dry exhaust.

The 4500+ liters of diesel fuel is stored in double bottom fuel tanks forward of the engine room and below the living spaces. Under the guest room is a 750+liter black water tank, and a bow thruster. Forward of the guest room there is a collision bulkhead with a anchor chain locker sized to hold 200+ meters of 12mm chain.

LeeZe cruises comfortably at 6 knots at 1400 RPM consuming about 6 liters per hour with an exhaust gas temperature of between 380 and 400 degrees C. Hull speed is reached at about 1750 rpm.

In summer, there is a full tent to shield the boat deck and saloon’s windows from the sun. On the aft deck, there are curtains for the same reason.

LeeZe was built by the current owners who were also its project managers and continue to do nearly 100% of the maintenance. She has about 66 square meters (119 square feet) of living space, not counting any of the outside living areas. LeeZ was launched in July 2011 and commissioned the following month. She is a US Coast Guard documented vessel flying the American Flag.