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Salish Custom Built Yacht

Designed by Doug Zurn, the IS48 represents a clean sheet design for the demanding environment of the Pacific Northwest by integrating modern infused-composite boatbuilding techniques with the latest propulsion technology. The result is a vessel with unmatched capabilities in her class. The “tailgate” transom design and low-profile fly bridge maximize utility with Her refined exterior encloses an interior arrangement crafted to the highest standards using native hardwoods and contemporary furnishings.

IS48 custom built yacht

The roomy interior will sleep 6, just one of many details you would only expect in a larger vessel. The layout has been designed around an up and aft galley allowing for an open layout that is family-friendly and maximizes space on the main deck. Overhead hatches, port lights and cowl vents offer natural lighting and ventilation while a 3-zone air-conditioner with reverse cycle heat, 24VDC lighting and two complete heads provide additional comfort. The vessel is equipped with an extensive list of accessories.
Salish IS48 salon

The IS48 will cross the water at speeds in excess of 35-knots with its twin Volvo Penta IPS diesels. Volvo’s IPS Drives offer incredible maneuverability with responsive joy stick handling. This revolutionary drive system boasts an impressive 35% increase in fuel efficiency, 20% higher top speed, 15% faster acceleration than standard propulsion systems and unmatched handling for docking in all conditions. The hull has been designed specifically for the IPS drives and approved by the Volvo Engineering team prior to the molds being made.


Doug Zurn grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, and started drawing boats before he got to high school. He hasn’t stopped since. Zurn’s experience in New England spans fifteen years, having worked on various power and sail projects ranging from twenty to ninety-eight feet in length. Now 46 and working out of his office in Marblehead, Massachusetts, Zurn is one of New England’s leading designers, a group that has a rich history dating back to the tough, take-any-seas, Down East lobster boats of the past century.