Boat Tests

On test. FIM 470 Regina: class, power and lots of light

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I had been waiting a long time for testing the FIM 470 Regina, the latest addition to the magnificent collection of FIM – Fabbrica Italiana Motoscafi, and finally the day has come. I had already assimilated her beauty and innovations on paper, but when I saw her docked at the Marina di Varazze, I immediately realized that what I knew was just the tip of the iceberg.
Indeed, you can only perceive certain things by getting on board, exploring the spaces, putting your hands on the control console and facing the sea.  Every corner of this open sports yacht designed by
Paolo Ferragni is thought out in a modular manner. However, it is not enough to say that it is possible to modify the exterior and interior spaces as required, because this jewel is built to adapt to all needs, with the ultimate aim of providing the maximum living experience and leaving guests completely immersed in an elegant and refined atmosphere, where everything is intended to seduce and amaze.

And so it did. This yacht has completely enchanted me, and now I will tell you why.

fim 470 regina side view

The FIM 470 Regina in detail

I want to tell you about her as she appeared before my eyes. At 15.10 metres long and with a beam of 4.40 metres, her spaces are absolutely enviable. The stern cockpit is mechanized, raising and lowering as required: in one mode it is perfect for facilitating the launching or hauling of a tender or jet ski, revealing two retractable steps. But in an instant it lifts up to show its full extent, creating a single spacious central area that ensures maximum liveability.

Spaces are designed to be exploited to the full. The boat is designed to make the most of open air spaces, thanks to the moving stern and bow systems. The forward sundeck translates sideways to create a true beach area, a layout that the designers have dubbed “Bow Life”: by dividing the sun deck in half, a reinforced glass panel can be walked on, providing stunning light for one of the two owner’s cabins, a table can be added and turned into a dining area, and it can even be filled with water to create a small swimming pool… wonderful.

The aft cockpit can also be extended by means of a mechanism that divides the sundeck. This creates a spacious central area that is perfect for enjoying a relaxing day at sea, diving and lounging on the elegantly finished couches.

The helm station is spacious, modern, dominated by the black colour. I can’t wait to get my hands on the steering wheel, which is a piece of craftsmanship made especially for this boat, but I have to wait a little longer for that, first I want to get below deck.

fim-470-regina top viewTo call it bright is an understatement. Natural light pervades the two splendid owner’s cabins where large windows allow the sun’s rays to penetrate fully, illuminating the spaces and leaving a rarely found view of the sea.

The two owner’s cabins are to two junior suites filled with details of pure elegance, many of them designed by Liu Jo. In the main owner’s cabin, the double bed can be split in two and a reinforced glass on the bow opens up above your head, letting in plenty of natural light that joins that of the large side windows. We are talking about a four-metre room, so spacious that it feels like being in a 60-footer.

Both cabins have a ensuite head with shower, sanitary ware and elegant Nobili enamelled steel fittings. Every corner conceals a drawer, a hideaway wardrobe, and the look is never dull: the headboards of the beds are in hand-stitched Primo Fiore leather, the mattresses are of superlative quality and comfort, the lighting is all indirect LED, and each of the two rooms has its own climate control, as are the audio and video devices. All this is Full Domotics, meaning that everything is controllable from an app (but also with a classic interface): the icing on the cake of an open yacht that has definitely raised the bar.

Sea Trial

If the look has literally seduced me, resting my hands on the steering wheel sends a shiver down my spine. It is obvious that having something so exclusive in your hands leads you to treat it with the utmost attention, but I quickly overcome this reverential fear because I feel very comfortable: it is time to start the test of the FIM 470 Regina.

The sea conditions are quite tricky, with waves of about a metre and a half and a lot of wind: there are 12 of us on board including me. As we leave the marina and get familiar with the instruments, I look up and realize that there are six of us on the bridge, four seated and two standing.

We attack the sea, it’s really rough, but the hull is perfectly designed, it slices the wave in half decisively, limiting the inevitable bounce by quite a bit, and it does it constantly, one wave after another, so much so that I’m tempted to keep putting the throttles down.

The boat gets up awningon plane at about 12 knots and from there I speed up to cruising speed: the engine revs up to 2700, the speed is 26 knots and we are consuming about 155 l/h.

The boat is revealing all its sportiness. The two Volvo Penta IPS 800 engines with 600 hp each are giving me a tremendous boost, the hull does the rest. I turn slightly to port, take in the sea, and turn for a moment to see how the others on board with me are: from their faces they are really enjoying it, and so I decide that we can give ourselves one last thrill.

I turn sharply to starboard and put the throttles down a bit more, the Fim 470 Regina is touching 30 knots and the waves seem even higher than before: it’s almost a challenge, a fun challenge that gives everyone a thrill. Despite the wind and a few drops of rain, we are all amazed: no creaking, no vibration, no hesitation. What a beautiful boat!

Once ashore, I still have all the emotions of this dizzying hour at sea on me. I linger a moment longer to look at her, she is beautiful there is little to say. But that’s not all; she’s elegant and sporty at the same time, she’s gritty but attractive, she’s big, spacious without compromising her agility.

I realize that I have had a rare experience, from the front row moreover, and I think that next summer I would like to be nowhere else but on board this wonderful yacht.

TEST DATA

RPM

KN

L/H

CRUISING SPEED

2700

26

155

PLANING SPEED

 

12,5

 

TOP SPEED

3060

34,8

205

Data provided by Fim – Fabbrica Italiana Motoscafi: calm sea, no wind, 8 people and 50% fuel

Selva 21 LV Plus: versatile, appealing and spacious

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Made entirely by the Italian boatyard, the Selva 21 LV Plus is a small revolution in the use of space. Thanks to the skillful work of its designers, this inflatable is perfect for a day of leisure or relaxation with your guests, without compromising on the cruising quality that makes Selva Marine one of the best known brands in this sector.

selva 21 LV PLUS testEvery corner is designed to be cosy; not surprisingly, we are talking about the Living line, fitted with some innovative details such as the stern sofas that, in addition to extending along the sides, feature stylised backrests that extend along all three sides. There are also two tables, one in the centre of the bow sofas arranged in a V shape and one in the centre of the stern ones, arranged in a U shape, both ready to disappear and reappear when the boat is shared, as well as the optional awning that covers the entire length of the boat.

The 6-metre hull rests on tubulars in a tri-colour version, taking the total length to 6.30 metres, which however give the perception of being more once on board, thanks to the extremely detailed study work by Selva, which has not even economised on the quality of the extra accessories included and the fine upholstery.

Also available in the Ultra version in anthracite grey, carbon black and cream, with a grey fibreglass hull, the Selva 21 LV Plus is built to accommodate an outboard of up to 150 hp and is designed for 10 people in category C and 14 in category D, fully optimizing all the space in the cockpit dominated by a high-performance raised helm station.

I have described it as versatile, attractive and spacious boat: I will now explain in detail why.

The Selva 21LV Plus in detail

Let us say that the Selva 21 LV Plus is very well indeed made. What I consider to be its main feature is certainly the design of the space, conceived, made and assembled in-house at Selva, like the rest of this boat which is part of the Living line.

But how is such livability achieved despite a hull of only 6 metres? Selva has answered this question with a skillful use of on-board space in every detail, following the philosophy that ‘every single centimetre counts’.

Hence the custom-designed bracket that allows the cockpit to be set back from the previous 650 Family Special, which leaves room for a U-shaped seat at the stern on which comfortable sand-coloured cushions are placed. The stylised backrests are very aesthetically attractive, but also very efficient; I would call them an elegant touch of personality that is, after all, a trademark of this range.

The backrest seat is extremely functional. It is designed for one person, but you can easily fit two, and under the seat there is a handy watertight locker. The steering console is also absolutely ergonomic, and the black V-shaped windscreen gives it a very aggressive look. The console and pilot seat assembly is raised – always a good idea for me because I like the slightly higher driving perspective.

The bow is also a small selva 21 LV PLUS stern viewlounge. Compared to the stern, it has a V shape, at the tip of which is a bowplate that is attached directly to the tubulars; the sofas and console seat surround a second foldaway table that practically duplicates the dining space for improved comfort.

The awning is optional, but I think it’s so beautiful with its grey steel tubing that it would be a shame to do without it, and not just for style’s sake. By extending it, in fact, you can use all the space available. Of course, the whole space converts into two sunbathing areas with the usual Selva practicality. That’s what the ‘Living’ line stands for.

There is also a ‘Plus Ultra’ version of this boat that, compared to the Plus one, includes all the fibreglass in a grey colour, the tubulars and cushions in a specific fabric/colour combination and the Sea Deck cover as standard.

Whatever your choice, you will still have space between the GRP stern decks for an outboard up to 150 hp. Selva will certainly be able to advise you on the best option for your needs.

Selva 21 LV Plus Sea trial

We are on Lake Maggiore on a beautiful sunny day. There is no wind, no waves, just a vast expanse of water and the Isola Madre as a target.

Getting familiar with it is really a matter of a few moments and I immediately feel at ease, so much so that without realizing it I am already pushing the throttle down quite a bit: the Murena 40 XSR Best engine that I have behind me seems to be begging me to let it have some fun, so I go along with it.

The boat gets up on plane at 13 knots and about 3800 rpm, after only 3.05 seconds, and we reach14 knots at 4000 rpm, with consumption under control since we are travelling at about 9.9 l/h, even if, what I consider to be the cruising speed, we touch it at 20 knots: we are at 5000 engine revolutions, with 50% trim and consumption of about 14 l/h.

Although the speed is optimal for a day out on the lake, I want to to see how far I can go. I confess, that’s my favourite thing, so I push the throttle all down. At 5500 rpm, the boat reaches at 23 knots, at 6000 rpm 25 knots, and reaches the maximum for today at around 6200 rpm with a fuel consumption of 22.6 l/h: not bad at all.

selva marine turns

Yes, because despite the speed, the Selva LV 21 Plus is really a rocket, navigation is linear and with no jolts. The boat slices through the water brilliantly, leaving me only to enjoy its performance and the magnificent landscape in front of me.

In short, Selva Marine as always managed to give me good sensations. This inflatable is really very elegant despite the fact that it is also tremendously sporty, a perfect synthesis that makes it fast, agile, and certainly very versatile in different situations that can range from work, to transporting passengers or simply relaxing. The advice is to put it to the test, I am sure that like me you will end the day, whether at sea or on the lake, with a big smile on your face.

Technical Specs

 

DESIGN & PROJECT

Selva

DESIGN CATEGORY

C

MAX PASSENGERS CAPACITY

10

CE CATEGORY

D

MAX ACCOMMODATION

14

ENGINE SHAFT SIZE

L

NO. OF COMPARTMENTS

5

LOA

6.30 m

MAX BEAM

 2.63 m

MAX POWER

150 HP

FUEL

 130 l

WATER

 30 l

TEST DATA

RPM

SPEED IN KN

L/H

min. 750

2

0.7

1000

3

1.4

1500

4

2.2

2000

5

3.1

2500

6

5

3000

8

6.8

3500

11

8.8

4000

14

9.9

4500

18

13.2

5000

19

14.3

5500

23

20.1

6000

25

22.1

6200

26

22.6

Selva 320 VIB: in its fourth year of testing it doesn’t miss a beat

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This is the fourth year in a row of testing for our inflatable-keel Selva 320 VIB tender, which has spent the winter, as usual, under the deck of our lab-boat without anyone having bothered to clean it or fold it up too carefully: we do this on purpose, we always want to stress it to the utmost, so that our test is as truthful as possible.

selva 320 vib inflatable keel tenderLast year we took it with us on the ‘1000-mile cruise in the Tyrrhenian Sea’, and it was really indispensable considering that we practically spent the whole time at anchor, do you remember?

This year we put another 900 nautical miles or so on its shoulders between Sardinia and Corsica, mostly leaving him towed by the boat, so as to take full advantage of the zero-impact recharging effect of the Epropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo engine.

This is how it went.

Launching the Selva inflatable keel tender

We take it off the deck and it comes back to me how we had stored it: badly. It is still full of salt, as we had purposely not rinsed it, which has had an impact on its colour, which is of course no longer that bright white of a few years ago, and there are several creases caused by the fact that we had folded it up and folded it in no more than 10 minutes without paying too much attention to the shape.

It inflates quickly, the creases disappear and I pay attention to all the details to see if there is any deterioration damage. The tubulars still fill evenly, but I had no doubts about that, so I focus on the most delicate parts, i.e. the valves, which are the area where most air leaks could occur, but nothing: it is inflated, stable and ready.

Sure, it needs a clean and after a wash with a special product we remove the accumulated salt and the various encrustations: here too I am particularly careful, but the Selva 320 VIB’s quality is very good and, apart from the obvious and symptomatic ‘signs of time’, I do not notice at first glance any problems that could affect its sealing or stability.

Daydreamer and Selva tender

But I look in detail and check the flaps, I run my fingers over the entire V-shaped hull, diligently searching for a few air bubbles, then I dedicate myself to the handrails, the towing attachments and the engine support plates, but nothing: it is a solid fighter and I can smile because I think that it has fared well this year too. But now it’s time to launch him.

We’ll hoist it aboard a little this year, even in windy conditions and rough seas we’ll try to leave it in the water as much as possible: it’s now in its fourth year of testing and I already know that it won’t let me down.

Selva 320 VIB Test

The retaining line is firmly secured to the stern bollard of our lab-boat, and follows us everywhere.

Its tubulars are very solid, all the Selva quality we know so well is visible, but at the same time the structure is very light, as befits a tender. Its dimensions are sufficient for what we need: 3.20 m long by 1.53 m wide, for a floor area of 1.41 square metres, where we can fit four people without any problems.

We use it a lot.

Sometimes to pick up some guests who come to visit us on the boat, sometimes to run small or big errands, on the boat we are an average of 4 to 6 people, so there is always something to go ashore to stock up on or to retrieve something, or simply to disembark in the evening and go to some little restaurant.

DaydreamerIt’s practically always in the water: even when sailing for long stretches we keep it there, to let it take the waves and the sea, and stress its joints. Moreover, the fact that we always leave it in the water is not only convenient but also very useful, since we have an Eproplusion Spirit 1.0 Evo electric engine that recharges itself while we drag it along in the wind. It’s something that always excites me when I think about it: maximum output, minimum expense, and I never get stranded.

Between nights at anchor, rough seas, time spent working but also, and above all, the pleasure of sailing, we have put another 900 miles on its shoulders, but it doesn’t seem to have felt them at all and indeed I detect a note of sadness as we go to put it away. Everyone notices that: this is one of those gestures that mark the end of the season and so melancholy is always a bit in the air.

Once again this year, no favourable treatment for the Selva 320 VIB inflatable keel tender. We don’t even rinse it out, tighten knots and ties, and store it on deck. It will stay there all winter, waiting for the next season, and as I say goodbye to it with the customary pat of thanks, I already have the feeling that I already know that not even another year will affect this solid and irreplaceable friend of mine.

Of course, I will let you know…

Previously published tests

July 2019: Selva 320 VIB and Selva Guppy 2.5 : a revolutionary tender-outboard duo. The test begins

August 2021: Selva 320 VIB after 3 years of testing: it proves to be indestructible

ICE 62 TARGA, the Italian Blue water cruiser revolution

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Difficult not to be enchanted when admiring the new Ice 62 Targa. This sailboat, admirably built by an Ice Yachts that moves the bar of quality ever higher, redefines in one fell swoop both the “Blue water cruiser” and “Easy sailing” concepts.

With the launch of this unit,Ice-62-Targa-upwind Ice also shakes up the cards in a market that, unquestionably, sees both Nordic and high-end Italian yards remain more than a step behind in the race towards innovation and performance. Capable of superlative performance, made possible thanks to the genius of the legendary Umberto Felci and a construction studied down to the smallest detail, the new Ice 62 Targa also features a decidedly intriguing design.

On board comfort is the watchword. After all, this boat was created with the aim of being manoeuvrable by just one person, so it is hardly surprising that everything can be handled directly from the control console.

From here it is possible to make turns, trim the jib, mainsail, gennaker, backstay, kicking strap and the various settings (to be set according to the type of sailing ahead).

Ice-62-Targa-backlightWithout forgetting the quality of the materials. The glass-carbon hull is simply a spectacle for the eyes, enhanced by a full carbon deck and a T-Top, also in carbon, which gives a decidedly sporty look to the livery, very clean at the same time.

And again, the fin made of double Weldox steel with very high mechanical performance, or the hydraulic lifting system (by the Cariboni company) with 2.30/ 3.90 variable draft that allows for racing performance at sea while guaranteeing agile entry into port.

In short, in the Ice 62 Targa all the best of the yard’s production has been synthesized with the precise aim of offering a unique experience at sea in terms of performance and comfort, combined with a touch of class and elegance that makes this boat simply amazing.

Sea Trial

There are two of us, the owner and I, and it is only because I already know it is possible that I am not surprised that one person is enough to steer it. And yet it is, and it is in the most natural way possible.

We start Ice-Yachtstesting the engine, a 195 HP Yanmar, which I immediately bring up to 1800 rpm reaching 9.2 knots, a remarkable economical cruising speed for a boat of this size. At 2400 rpm the speed is 10.8 knots. The Ice 62 Targa sails really well, linear and cleanly slicing through the waves with great purity, without a hint of drag. Accelerating further, at 2900 rpm, I touch 12 knots. Then we look at each other, the wind has picked up and I can’t wait to sail.

We’re sailing upwind, and I’m doing it all by myself simply by operating the buttons on the console in front of me.

Of course it takes a bit of getting used to operating the large control panel but, once you have memorized the commands, it is priceless to move around with such simplicity, which is also an important safety factor.

Code 0The Ice 62 Targa moves constantly at a higher speed than the wind. With a 6-knot true wind, the boat sails at almost 7 knots: most blue water cruisers are stationary in these conditions …

Then the wind increases a bit and, with it, so do our speeds. What doesn’t change though is the behaviour of the boat, always predictable, never nervous. With a true wind of 8/10 knots we constantly sail above 9 with peaks of 10 knots to windward: what a boat guys!

We spread out and unroll Code zero, again without leaving the console. The 360 square metres of surface open up to the wind and … and it’s like putting on the turbo. The boat takes off and, in a flash, we are flying at over 13 knots. The stern wake is that of a speedboat and, up to 90/100 degrees, we always travel like this.

Bearing away further we recover more normal speeds, 9/10 knots even if we bear away a lot, but it’s clear that here you need an A2 to run fast. Yes, I know it’s not a racing boat, but man, it makes you want to …

I reluctantly give up the helm and go below deck, there are no creaks, there’s just the wind and the sound of the bow slicing through the waves. Poetry.

The ICE 62 Targa in detail

Let’s get down to the Ice-62-Targa-bowtechnical side of things and try to describe the main features of this boat.

I suggest starting with the absolutely modern design, gorgeous in the chrome colours of the glass-carbon hull, with an inverted bow (scimitar-shaped) with a 1.3 metre long carbon bowsprit, which leaves room for water lines and appendages characterized by a variable draft, from 2.30 to 3.80 metres.

What’s more, the boat is fitted with double rudder blades, bow and stern thrusters that can be retracted for easy mooring, which is essential for solo sailors. The engine, a 195 hp Yammar has enabled us to sail up to 12 knots. Not bad at all.

Carbon is the watchword. As mentioned, it is found in the hull, to make it strong and withstand the stresses of the sea (combined, however, with fibreglass to soften the structure), and again in the deck, to lighten the structure and lower the centre of gravity, or in the canopy, on which, among other things, a solar panel support and the electrically-controlled mainsail traveller are installed. And again in the chainplates, the rudders, the rig and the bimini, which together with the maxi dodger create a perfect synthesis of how the deck of a sailing yacht should always be designed.

Interior-Ice-62-targaWhen sailing, you can exploit a sail area of 240 square metres and a gennaker of 360 square metres, all designed to ‘catch’ the wind immediately and without compromise, which means all the necessary thrust at high speeds but also minimal displacement when sailing upwind, thanks to the hydraulic lifting by the Cariboni Company.

The stern section accommodates two dedicated helmsman’s seats with precisely two carbon-fibre rudders for the best possible control while defying the heavy aerodynamic loads to which the boat is subjected when underway: among other things, under the seats there is a convenient locker for storing everything you need at hand and a raft.

It is precisely when you are at the helm that you realize how beautiful it is. Elegant, sophisticated, absolutely practical both when single-handed and with large crews, this boat has everything you need. Wide benches, very comfortable backrests, and the size of the cockpit itself, absolutely spacious and therefore liveable, but also eye-catching thanks to the Felci Yacht design that embellishes an already unparalleled line.

This quality is master cabinalso evident below deck, where there are no less than three cabins, two heads and a large galley. Here, too, the attention is maniacal: the idea is to make the hull lose weight thanks to lightened panels and innovative solutions, without, however, ever setting aside fine finishes or refined carpentry work.

It is hard to imagine setting limits on this boat on which, in all this, there is also space for 1040 litres of water and 800 litres of fuel, which if we think of long navigation alone or in company are fundamental, as is the large garage, comparable to that of a 70-footer, where a 3.1-metre tender can be accommodated. In a nutshell, superbly oversized.

Fast, exciting, practical, beautiful. This sailboat has marked a turning point in the “blue water cruiser” category by showcasing all the Italian character of something that has always seemed the prerogative of other countries, and which makes Ice Yachts a new reference point at international level.

Nimbus W9X: the weekender/ commuter on test

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Nimbus W9X: the all-season weekender

Nimbus has always offered excellent, multi-purpose boats, and this time it seems to have outdone itself. With the W9X, the Scandinavian yard offers a compact weekender that still provides all the comforts for a day trip and, why not, for a few more days. In fact, this 9-metre boat, in the “full canopy” version tested by us, is an invitation to stay on board and enjoy every moment, from sunrise to sunset and during the night with the right equipment.

Nimbus W9X Sea Trial

It is a very windy morning at Nimbus-W9X-underwaythe Marina di Varazze and the Nimbus W9X is ready to be transferred to its berth for the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show. We arrive and immediately recognize the unmistakable Nimbus DNA, climb aboard and cast off. On leaving the harbour, we immediately notice that the sea conditions are not the best and the swell was really annoying.

When I went around the boat to remove the fenders, I didn’t have the slightest difficulty thanks to the presence of the handrails, positioned in such a way as to be reached without too many problems even by those who are a little taller than average. Thanks to the ultra convenient Zip Wake, we adjust the boat trim and we are ready to start our test and, above all, have fun. Yes, because this particular model is powered by a Mercury 300 outboard, which promises excellent performance and fuel efficiency. If, at this point, you are a little hesitant, let me reassure you: the top speed we managed to achieve (remembering that the boat was fully loaded) was 39.1 knots.

Mercury-300I ask the helmsman to proceed step by step to collect the usual, but never predictable, navigation data. So I take out my classic notebook, and put everything on a chart. Having finished the ‘boring’ part, I raise my head and think that while I was writing, I was not struggling at all, and the boat was quietly and smoothly passing through the waves without hesitation. At this point I take the controls and, given the confidence that the Nimbus W9X had conveyed to me, I immediately start to accelerate decisively. At just 9.8 knots, the weekender gets up on plane and, like a car driving on freshly made asphalt, we glide over the water until we reach a top speed of 39 knots, without the boat emitting the slightest creak, a symptom of a carefully crafted construction process.

I didn’t want to believe the perfection of this hull, ‘it must have had a weak point’, I thought to myself. I decided to take it as a challenge, warned those on board to hold on, and began to make some timid turns to see how the W9X reacted. Not content, I turn all the rudder to the left, then all the way to the right and create a perfect 8 on the water. Nothing, no matter how much I wanted to take the boat to the limit, it remained flawless, always gliding smoothly even tacking and counter-turning suddenly at high speeds.

What’s more, the others on board were quietly talking and laughing during all these manoeuvres. So I decide, with a big smile on my face, to give up, slowly stop the boat and hand over the controls to a colleague. Back in place, I take out my notebook and write down my first impressions while driving: fun, comfortable and safe.

W9X-side

The Nimbus W9X in detail

The stern section house an L-shaped sofa with a folding coffee table, which offers space for several people, also thanks to the small sofa behind the steering position. Here, there is a very important point to be made: when folded, the coffee table leaves a handle exposed, which is useful as a handrail. To the left, we find a small kitchen, perfect for preparing the necessities for a weekend away. In the bow, accessible via the starboard side passage, there is a large sundeck. Below deck, a comfortable cabin with its private head.

side-deckWPX kitchen

Conclusions

The Nimbus W9X is the perfect solution for those who want to enjoy their boat all year round. Thanks to the ingenious design of the “full canopy” version, you will also be able to stay protected when you need to and open everything up when it is hot.

In short, if you are looking for a commuter, but don’t want ‘just’ a commuter, the Nimbus W9X is the ideal boat for you.

Test Data

RPM

Speed in kn

L/h

600

2.3

2.5

1000

3.7

5

1500

5.4

8.1

2000

6.8

13.5

2500

8

18.5

3000

9.3

26.4

3500

12

35.2

4000

15.2

43

4500

20.2

58.9

5000

32.6

71.2

5500

37.4

89.3

5720

39.1

90.3

Scanner 650 L: a heap of agility and design. Perfect for every occasion

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In these 6.50 metres designed and built by the master craftsmen of the Scanner shipyard there is everything you need for a yachting day out. Agility reigns supreme on the 650 L, which looks like it was designed to be pushed to the limit with its important entertainment features, but its line and attention to detail also make it a decidedly elegant craft, perfect for heading out to a lakeside restaurant at sunset.

On the water it is always responsive to commands with great speed, even at high revs. The 2.55-metre width is well thought out, there is room for 12 people and 7 comfortable compartments, making it versatile in a variety of situations, from fishing to camping to simply relaxing.

Perfect in any situation the Scanner 650 L is made to entertain, and to make us remember how good it feels to push the throttle down.

Scanner 650 L Sea Trial

Scanner-650-L-underwayI arrive at the Marina di Varazze and the Scanner 650 L is there waiting for me with its grey tubulars and cream-coloured cockpit: sporty lines, few frills, lots of practicality.

Between the stern platforms is a Yamaha 150 outboard. Considering the maximum power that can be installed, 175 hp, I’d say I’m well on my way and so I’ll be testing it almost to its maximum attainable performance. But I have to hurry because the sky is black and the first drops of water are starting to fall; on the other hand the sea is calm.

I don’t know why, but ever since I got on it I have had the feeling that it would be perfect for a night-time Navy Seal operation. I can see them holding on to the rubber handles, attached directly to the tubulars, ready to launch. Maybe it’s the fibreglass V-shaped bow that looks like it’s aiming at a target, maybe it’s the agility it shows me right from the start, maybe it’s the speed of its thrust and the way it slices through the water, but I can just see it in an adventure film as a raiding craft. So let’s test it out. Throttle test: throttle down all the way, in 8.7 seconds we’re at 30 knots; this Scanner travels through the water brilliantly, and allows me to make a couple of port and starboard turns that send me into ecstasy. Without the T-Top it’s like surfing on the water, everything feels wilder to me.

Planing had already started at 2500 rpm, around 9 knots. Now the boat is at 4,500 rpm, traveling at almost 28 knots, and I am consuming 30 l/h, I could call it the perfect cruising speed for this Scanner. Everything is running smooth apart from the fact that it’s raining cats and dogs, but I still have some so I’m lowering the throttle again. The rain in my face with this late summer temperature gives me some chills, or maybe it’s the emotions: I reach 5,600 rpm and touch 34.2 knots.

I’m soaking wet, yet I’d stay there and play for another good hour. As soon as I land and get ashore the rain stops and the sun comes out: ‘What timing. – I think – someone up there wanted to show me a good time today.

650-L-sunset

The Scanner 650 L in detail

Scanner’s quality is indisputable, bowand even in an Entry Level like this it is clearly recognizable thanks to an attractive design and the quality to which we have become accustomed.

Its purpose is evidently to be practical and fast, and always ready to cast off. At 6.50 metres long and 2.55 metres wide, manoeuvring it is a piece of cake, and this entices you to use it in a variety of situations: from a day out on the lake with your family to a day out with friends and fishing rods.

In fact, there is no shortage of space, with room for 12 people, and 7 compartments to store everything you need for your hobbies or simple relaxation: at the bow a comfortable sundeck is always ready to remind that ‘dinghy’ also means lying down and letting yourself be pampered by a gentle pitch.

The V-shaped fibreglass bowplate, fitted with a fairlead, is integrated into the two solid tubes that wrap around the hull up to the stern platforms, while in the centre of the boat is the helm station. There is no T-Top and no chemical toilet, but under the pilot’s double seat we find a very comfortable and accessible retractable compartment.

The line is tapered and, with a 150 hp engine like the one fitted today, the hull flies over the water. The work of the craftsmen can be felt in the quality of the navigation, which is very clean and linear, but capable of sudden sharp turns and agile manoeuvres.

All these characteristics make it a thoroughly enjoyable boat that can provide both great driving joy and carefree days out with friends. In fact, I can imagine myself on my beloved Lake Orta, going from one little beach to the next before landing on the Island of San Giulio at sunset and enjoying a nice aperitif: yes, in a context like this it would find one of its greatest expressions for me.

Test Data

RPM

Speed in kn

L/h

1000

4.1

3.4

1500

5.5

5.5

2000

6.5

8.5

2500

10.1

10.6

3000

15.6

14.2

3500

21.6

19.3

4000

23.9

23.9

4500

26.8

30.7

5000

31

41.5

5500

34.2

56.3

TECHNICAL SPECS

 

DESIGN & PROJECT

Scanner

DESIGN CATEGORY

C

SHAFT LENGHT

XL

NO. OF COMPARTMENTS

7

LOA

6500 cm

MAX BEAM

2550 cm

MAX PASSENGERS CAPACITY

12

MAX POWER

175 HP

FUEL

120 l

WATER

70 l