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Mercury V10 Verado: new 350HP and 400HP outboards unveiled

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Mercury V10: new Verado 350 and Verado 400 are the first industry’s 10-cylinder outboards

It is a world premiere in grand style that brings us to discover the brand-new Mercury Verado V10 which, once again, breaks the rules of a market increasingly oriented towards high-horsepower outboards.
This is an important and highly competitive market that Mercury has conquered thanks to very significant investments, succeeding over time in creating a series of new engines that simply cannot be found with other manufacturers’ current offerings.
I am clearly referring to the path that, starting with the launch of the V6 and V8s in 2018, has seen the American company resolutely chart a precise course, punctuated by the introduction of new propulsion units that we all thought would culminate with the 600 V12s, presented last year at the Cannes Yachting Festival.
Yet, surprisingly, the American boating giant surprises again by presenting the new naturally Aspirated 5.7L Mercury V10, available from today in 350 or 400 HP versions.

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The all-new Mercury V10 Verado outboards are exactly what boaters have been asking for in a 350 and 400hp platform,” said Chris Drees, Mercury Marine president.They are powerful, smooth and quiet. They have many of the same fuel efficiency-enhancing features that are synonymous with our high-horsepower lineup. They also deliver the same kind of premium boating experience that has made Verado outboards legendary. The V10 Verado outboards solidify Mercury’s leadership position in the high-horsepower outboard market.”

The new Mercury V10 Verado outboards in detail

Aspirated, with a Mercury-V10-Verado-400performance-inspired quad-cam design and class-leading displacement, the new Mercury V10 Verado outboards are specially designed to deliver premium torque and speed performance.

Weighing only 695 pounds, they feature a 150-amp alternator and industry-leading 26-inch mount spacing, which makes them perfect for multi-engine applications or repowering vessels.

The platform’s all-new hydrodynamic gearcase is engineered to improve performance and operating reliability. For the new Mercury V10 Verado, Mercury engineers designed the all-new Revolution X propeller which, equipped with a larger diameter and wider blades, is expected to “discharge into the water” all the torque which these outboards are capable of, providing excellent handling, thrilling acceleration and maximized fuel efficiency.

Equally noteworthy is the improved level of technology and electronics which these new outboards can benefit from. In fact, they feature the advanced Range Optimization system, which analyses engine parameters and then acts to reduce consumption, and the Adaptive Speed Control technology, a software capable of keeping engine speed constant regardless of environmental conditions and sustained loads.

Big news then, which fuels healthy curiosity and a great desire to see how they go.

Luckily, the trials begin tomorrow and we will be among the lucky few who will be able to test them in a world preview, right in the waters of the legendary Lake X, a mystical place near Orlando where all Mercury’s secret prototypes were and are tested.

Stay tuned then, we”ll have the pleasure of telling you all about it in a few days.

Fire on board: what is it and how to avoid it

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How prepared are we for a fire on board? 

fire Fire on board is undoubtedly the most difficult situation to deal with.

Although it is the most feared, and above all the one with the most devastating effects, it is also the subject that seafarers know the least about, the one to which they devote very little time for training, and sometimes not even that.

In these few lines, we would like to deal with this topic in a comprehensive manner and provide the reader with points of interest and insight, because ‘nothing happens’, but if it does…

The phenomenon of the combustion reaction has been known for several millennia, but it was at the beginning of the 18th century that the theory of the ‘phlogiston’, a substance present in everything that can burn, was released, giving rise to heat. At the end of the 18th century, the chemist A.L. Lavoisier demonstrated experimentally that air is a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen and that combustion is an uncontrolled oxidation phenomenon in which oxygen acts as an oxidant while nitrogen does not take part in the reaction.

DEFINITION: Combustion is the chemical reaction of two substances (fuel and oxidiser) with the development of heat. Necessary conditions for this reaction

chemical reaction are:

– presence of fuel

– presence of oxidant

– presence of a heat source (ignition)

When one of the three elements of combustion is missing, combustion does not take place or if already taking place, it is extinguished.

This process is usually fire on board fire trianglerepresented graphically by the so-called Fire Triangle.

In academic terms, complete combustion (fire) is the result of the combination of four essential elements that must be present simultaneously:

– the fuel, which is the material capable of combining chemically with oxygen (or other substance) with the emission of thermal energy;

– the oxidiser, which is the substance that fuels combustion by oxidation of the fuel, i.e. oxygen.

– a source, which releases a suitable amount of thermal energy and which is capable of initiating the combustion process, e.g. a wooden match, or the flame of a candle.

– the formation or release of chemically active atomic groups (radicals) capable of producing chain reactions (oxidation).

The combination of physical and chemical transformations of a material subjected to the action of fire establishes the ‘fire reaction of materials’ (there are several combustion reactions). But what is a chemical reaction?

If we have a liquid fuel, it does not burn directly, but its vapours will burn when the ignition temperature is reached. So it is not so much the liquid that burns but the vapours it emits.

Even in the case of solid fuels (such as wood), it starts with the flammable gases emitted as the body heats up, and then later extends to the solid residue.

The extinguishing agents, which make up extinguishing systems, mobile or fixed, are many and varied, because the types of fire are different.

Here are some examples:

types of fireCLASS A: wood, paper, coal, textiles, rubber.

Suitable extinguishing agents: water, foam, chemical powders, potassium salt aerosols

CLASS B:

hydrocarbons, oils, greases, alcohols, ethers, solvents, fuels, lubricants.

Suitable extinguishing agents: foam, CO2, chemical powders, potassium salt aerosols

CLASS C:

LPG, methane, hydrogen, propane, butane, ethylene, propylene.

Usable extinguishing agents: CO2, chemical powders, halogenated, potassium salt aerosols

CLASS D:

Light alkaline earth metals such as magnesium, manganese, aluminium powder, alkaline metals such as sodium, potassium and lithium, peroxides, chlorates and perchlorates.

Extinguishing agents that can be used: CO2, chemical powders, potassium salt aerosols

The comburent involved in combustion is oxygen, i.e. a ‘gas’.

For this reason, the other element involved, the fuel, must also be a gas or vapour, which explains why, in order for the combustion reaction to start, the solid fuel must be heated to the temperature at which it begins to emit combustible gases.

The more oxygen there is in the air (volumetric percentage ≥ 21%), the easier it is for the combustion process to start.

The combustion reaction gives rise to combustion gases (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane combustion), flames, smoke, heat.

How to extinguish a fire on board?

The most common method of extinguishing a fire on board is the hand-held extinguisher.

But fire extinguishers are not all the same and differ in relation to extinguishing fire classes.

The most common types of extinguisher are:

– Powder extinguishers

– Carbon Dioxide (CO2) extinguishers

– Water-based extinguishers

Of these, the most commonly used types of extinguisher are certainly Powder and Water-Based.

Powder Extinguisher

This is the most widely sold extinguisher, the most affordable in price and the most common in small businesses. It extinguishes Class A, B and C fires. It consists of a steel casing pressurised with inert gas (nitrogen) or dehumidified air and composed of a chemical powder consisting mainly of salt compounds.

Carbon Dioxide Extinguisher

Also known as a CO2 powder extinguisherextinguisher, this is ideal for installation near electrical panels. It should be used together with, and not instead of, the Powder extinguisher because it covers Class B fires but not A and C fires because by its very nature it would lower the temperature but not extinguish embers.

The tank is in a single block of steel alloy (resistant to the high pressures developed by the gas) connected to a high-pressure hose and a PVC cone equipped with a handle, which prevents cold burns to the operator as the evaporation of the gas brings the temperature down to -79°C during use.

Water-Based Extinguisher

This consists of a corrosion-protected sheet steel cylinder with a charge composed of foaming liquid diluted in water. It is suitable for Class A, B and F fires, unsuitable for Class D fires. It is mainly used in the naval sector. When the extinguisher is operated, the foaming or water-based liquid (with other substances to amplify its effect) will come into contact with the air through small holes in the base of the lance. This contact will generate the foam.

How to use a fire extinguisher to extinguish a fire on board?

Anywhere, on a boat, at home or in the office, you should have a fire extinguisher at hand. This is one of the best ways to defend yourself against fires, especially since external intervention is not always immediate. However, not everyone knows the rules for handling a fire extinguisher or which extinguisher to use for a specific type of fire on board.

The correct handling of a fire extinguisher could save our lives and the lives of those who live or work with us. The correct handling procedure for a fire extinguisher can be summarised in 4 steps:
1. remove the safety lock;

2. hold the discharge tube;

3. press the discharge valve;

4. hold the hose in a horizontal direction.

It sounds easy, but in order to successfully extinguish a fire on board, a more in-depth knowledge of both the use of the extinguisher and the nature of fires and the extinguishing agent is required.

fire extinguisher• First of all, before removing the safety lock from the extinguisher, it is advisable to call the fire brigade. It is advisable to do this as a first step, since their intervention may not be immediate: the fire brigade travels with large and cumbersome vehicles, which may stop in traffic or be far from the scene.

• Once the plastic seal has been broken, the fire extinguisher must be gripped firmly and decisively, perhaps taking a deep breath first and trying to remain calm despite the apparently difficult situation. It is advisable to direct the hose of the fire extinguisher with the main hand, so as to minimize the complexity of the operation.

• Before deploying the extinguisher, you should identify the nearest escape route and turn your back to it, so that you can easily escape once the fire is extinguished on board. When using the extinguisher, it is necessary to stand a maximum of 4 metres away from the fire, gradually getting closer as the fire is extinguished. The hose should be held at a safe distance from your body; it is advisable to swing it left and right and direct the jet towards the base of the fire. Once used, the extinguisher must be replaced or recharged.

Fire on board – Which fire extinguisher to use

A fire extinguisher is a first aid fire-fighting tool: proper use of a fire extinguisher can only occur in the presence of small outbreaks or the beginnings of a fire on board. However, the action of an extinguisher is essential to limit damage, to prevent the situation from worsening and, above all, to protect people’s safety. For this purpose, it is also necessary to be familiar with the various types of extinguishers and fires, thus understanding which one to use in different situations. For example, in the case of fires in electrical installations, which extinguisher should be used? Let us try to understand this.

  • Class A: indicates fires from solid materials; all the various types of extinguishers can be used, CO2 (less recommended), powder and foam.
  • Class B: this covers fires from liquids or liquefiable solids; again, all three extinguishers can be used.
  • Class C: fires from gases are covered; Co2 and powder extinguishers may be used.
  • Class D: fires from metals; only powder extinguishers may be used.
  • Class E: currently no longer covered, it concerns electrical appliances, for which Co2 and powder extinguishers may be used.
  • Class F: fires from vegetable or animal oils and fats fall into this last class; in this case, only foam extinguishers may be used.

How to extinguish a fire on board

Before looking at how to extinguish a fire on board, it is good to understand its evolution. A fire consists of four moments:
1. ignition phase;
2. propagation phase;
3. generalised fire;
4. extinguishing and cooling phase.

The ignition phaseextinguisher is the initial moment of the fire, during which the amount of flame and heat produced is still fairly limited. At this early stage, first aid means can be used to extinguish it, rather easily.

During the next phase, the propagation one, the combustion affects a larger area, with such heat and quantity of flames that it is impossible to approach without the appropriate equipment. In the generalised fire phase, there is spontaneous ignition of the materials present in the environment; there is a sharp rise in temperature and an exponential increase in the speed of combustion.

When the fire on board has finished affecting all combustible material, the extinguishing phase begins, characterised by lowering of temperatures and heat dissipation through smoke and heat conduction phenomena. To extinguish a fire, it is necessary to eliminate one of the sides of the fire triangle.

1.Fuel side, through the action of separation or distancing. Action is taken by removing combustible substances that have not yet ignited, thus proceeding by exhausting the fuel itself. This separation may take place by means of non-flammable shelters and barriers, strong jets of water or mechanical means.
2.Oxidiser side, by smothering. The fire needs oxygen to subsist; once this is removed, for example by means of a blanket, the fire is extinguished.
3.Ignition side: by subtracting heat, so as to obtain a lower temperature than that required for combustion. It is possible to act by lowering the temperature through, for example, water

It is not easy to extinguish a fire on board and all the operations listed are made even more difficult by the fear, worry and panic that grips any person, even the most experienced, who has to deal with this devastating element.

Let us also add, without fear of being contradicted, that very few people have taken a fire-fighting course, who have tried to use a fire extinguisher, who have done, or regularly do, extinguishing tests with a manual extinguisher.

fixed fire extinguishing systemsThis is why it is important to have fixed, automatic extinguishing systems on board, placed in the most at-risk places on the boat, such as the electrical panels, the galley hood, the engine compartment, and the lithium batteries.

The most suitable and cost-effective extinguishing agent for these solutions, which allows even the smallest compartments to be protected, is potassium condensed salt aerosol.

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S4S is the sole reference point for shipyards, captains, and private individuals for information and advice on everything related to safety on board, from fire extinguishers, life rafts, personal protective equipment to fire detection and extinguishing systems, aerosols, water mist, gas, etc.

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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

TecnoRib is once again a BOB finalist with the Pirelli 50

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At the top of the rankings, and for the third time, of the prestigious Best Of Boats Award is Tecnorib, this time competing with the Pirelli 50. The Tecnorib flagship, which recently became Sacs Tecnorib, licensee of the Pirelli and P. brands for inflatable boats, won a place among the finalists for the Best For Fun category.

The most coveted award of the leading nautical players has only twice been given to maxi-ribs and both times it was for Tecnorib models from the Walkarounds range.

Once again the Tecnorib-PIRELLI-50jury has chosen a boat with extremely high-quality design, habitability and performance features. In fact, with a length of 15 metres and a top speed of 50 knots, the Pirelli 50 confirms everyone’s expectations and even exceeds them. Tecnorib is synonymous with excellent performance and advanced technology in the nautical world, but with the Pirelli 50, there is more. More specifically: this Pirelli Maxi-Rib was designed by the Mannfelt Design team who combined the sportiness of a Rib with the elegance of yachts, creating a masterpiece of sobriety, style and performance. What is amazing is that not only the technological and naval part has been carefully thought out to provide the ultimate experience for the owner, but also the interior has been thought through down to the last detail. Conceived as a luxury vessel, it has been designed to provide maximum liveability and comfort on board, favouring open spaces from the stern to the forward cabin with the elegance and taste typical of much larger vessels. Remarkable stability when underway, comfort on deck and the possibility of walking freely between the stern and bow thanks to a convincing walkaround deck make this Pirelli 50 one of the best Maxi-Ribs in its category.

This announcement both confirms the industrial growth on which Tecnorib has been focused heavily in recent years and celebrates the expansion of a category that is garnering increasing attention in the boating industry, with a significant increase in demands and sales. Sacs Tecnorib convinces and conquers, not only owners and enthusiasts, but also the BOB Award jury, hoping that it will do so to the end by winning that prestigious award.

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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

MAR.CO R-Evolution 26: agile, high-performance, elegant and…exciting!

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Premiered at the MAR-CO-R-EVOLUTION-26-test62nd Genoa International Boat Show, the new jewel of the Mar.Co family, the R-Evolution 26, has been defined by the manufacturers themselves as a true landmark.

Conceived as the utmost expression of design aimed at achieving great cruising performance, with comfort on board never being forgotten, this boat gives amazing driving sensations and plenty of space for all your recreational activities.

Design is elegant and modern. This is immediately apparent from the quality of the sofa finishes, the wide rear decks and the black T-Top.

Every corner hides a surprise, a space, a chrome, a story, which for Mar.Co began in 1974. In 8 metres of length the Mar.Co R-Evolution 26 has encapsulated the best of its experience in the field, enhanced in this case by the power of a Mercury 450R that made my test even more exciting: let’s see why.

Mar.Co R-Evolution 26 Sea Trial

I approach the test of the new R-evolution 26 with a certain amount of expectation since I have been waiting since 2021 to test it. So I enjoy every single step that leads me to the helm station. I immediately notice that there are no narrow passages and there is a comfortable seat waiting for me that makes me feel at ease straight away, being able to choose whether to stand or just sit. However, it is enough to turn on the Mercury 450R that I have behind me that the delightful little noise made by that R immediately makes me realize that I am going to have a lot of fun on this test.

For me, the fun is just discovering it slowly. At very low revs the boat responds perfectly to my every command, making getting out of the harbour, and then in, a piece of cake. As always, I test it by slowly revving up, also to get a feel for consumption.

MAR-CO-R-EVOLUTION-26-aerial-view

At about 2,000 rpm the boat gets up on plane, the power of the engine is tangible, the wake comes off and we start to feel the performance of the fibreglass hull that makes it glide absolutely nimbly over the water.

At 3,500 rpm if I were with my family enjoying a quiet day at sea I could already find peace of mind: 23 knots, ideal for cruising and keeping consumption under control, only 43.5 litres per hour in total.

MAR-CO-R-EVOLUTION-26-aerial-view-rightBut I am alone and I want to push this boat to the limit and enjoy it all. So I lower the throttle again. The sea is getting rougher, the waves are over a metre and a half, but in spite of this I take them all in my stride and reach 5,500 rpm, touching my top speed, which for the day is expected to be 48.5 knots: remarkable in these conditions.

I want more. If there is one thing I like to do, it is test the acceleration. The result is surprising: in minus 2.5 seconds I am at 20 knots. Spectacular.

While I’m at it, and now that I feel at one with the Mar.Co R-Evolution 26, I attack with a series of turns and counter-turns, catching my waves and looking for those of the others: we’re at the Genoa Boat Show so it’s very simple, but despite this its clean movement in the water is surprising, and even more so the stability it shows under stress.

There is little more to add: agile, performing, elegant but above all too much fun. The hardest thing about this test was leaving it in the port.

The Mar.Co R-Evolution 26 in detail

As soon as I bow-viewsaw it I thought: ‘This is wonderful’.

At 8.02 metres long and 3.08 metres wide, the dominant colours of the Mar.Co R-Evolution 26 are white and red, interrupted only by a carbon black stripe on the two tubulars leading to the fibreglass bowplate integrated in the mould. The Mercury 450R also fits in nicely, white and red too, a touch of sporty style.

At the centre of the helm station in this model is a beautiful T-Top, which, however, is not standard, but this one does have it and I fully understand the choice: built in fibreglass it is reminiscent of the one on the R-Evolution 35, with two carefully designed storage compartments and a modern-style helm station that matches the T-shaped seat and the very elegant white footrest: everything is absolutely sporty.

The construction quality of this boat designed by Federico Gerna is first-class, and it can be seen in every detail: from the handrails, to the wide rear decks with their modern touch, to the retractable ladder with handles for easier ascent. Everything is studied down to the smallest detail.

Even the spaces impress me. As many as 14 people can stay here because everything is designed to be practical and efficient. On the transom there is room for an outboard up to 450 hp, like the one we use today. The stern platforms are wide, and under the one on the right there’s a locker ideal for putting fins and mask in.

sternThere are also six spacious compartments between the stern and bow, a sanitary unit with a dedicated tank under the front seat of the helm console, a chopping board, a refrigerator and a table in the middle of the stern that instantly disappears, leaving room for a spacious sundeck with the same splendid high-quality finish as the rest of the sofas. Whether stern or bow, relaxation is guaranteed.

The style of the Mar.Co production can be seen throughout the boat: it is elegant, carefully crafted, its lines and design stand out, that’s for sure.

But it is when you enjoy its sporty performance, aggressive just enough, that the adrenalin level in your bloodstream rises: and for me, in the end, that is what counts.

Test Data

RPMSPEED IN KNL/H
60042.8
10005.35.8
15007.311.4
20008.918.9
250013.428
300019.233.1
35002651.8
400031.567
45003690.8

Technical Specs

DESIGN & PROJECT

Federico Gerna

DESIGN CATEGORY

B

SHAFT SIZE

XL

NO. COMPARTMENTS

6

LOA

8,020 cm

MAX BEAM

3,080 cm

MAX PASSENGERS CAPACITY

14

MAX POWER

450 HP

FUEL

330 l

WATER

100 l

Nuova Jolly 850 XL: uncompromised space

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Nuova-Jolly-850-XL-top-viewUnveiled in Paris in late 2021, the 850 XL couldn’t miss the Genoa Boat Show where it showed all the quality of Nuova Jolly Marine production, which once again has really thought of everything.

Just look at it and you are immediately struck by its size. Its length is 8.73 metres, which, according to designer Matteo De Francesco himself, is comparable in terms of liveability to a 10.5-metre boat, but with one huge advantage: this boat is also trailerable. In fact, once deflated, its width reaches the maximum limit allowed for road transport with deflated tubulars, which, as I see it, is incredible.

Its numbers are in fact impressive. 3.40 metres wide allowing comfortable passages at every point, a 2 metre by 2 metre bow sundeck, stern platforms that can be modified as needed to accommodate up to two 225 hp outboards each, and the possibility of accommodating as many as 16 people aboard.

Clearly, with dimensions like these there are no limits for the Nuova Jolly 850 XL, which has in fact already been chosen for multiple uses. From tender for large yachts, to yachting, camping, military use and even work, there is no challenge that this boat is not ready to accept, fully satisfying every expectation.

One might think that with spaces like these, cruising performance might be somewhat reduced, sacrificed for comfort. Nothing could be more wrong. Its hull designed in-house by Nuova Jolly Marine is a masterpiece of design that not only makes it glide through the water at great speed (in fact, it reaches 54 knots) but also allows considerable fuel savings.

In short, if you think ‘bigger is better’, I will now explain why this is the right RIB for you.

THE NUOVA JOLLY 850 XL IN DETAIL

What does it mean NJ 850 XL sternto think big? If you ask Nuova Jolly Marine, the answer would probably be to never stop and to accept every new challenge head-on, without compromise. And the proof is this 850 XL.

All Italian-made, it is the result of a careful design where every step has been engineered: from the fibreglass moulds made from 3D drawings, to the jigs, right down to the hatches, every element of this boat is expertly thought out to exploit every last centimetre to the full.

Its hull is wide but sharp. It starts at 23° at the stern and reaches 60° at the beginning of the bow wheel with a plate in the centre of the stern itself, which not only facilitates cruising speed but also reduces consumption and friction.

The bowplate is hybrid, a distinctive trademark of this line made up of the tubular that wraps around the entire boat, with an integrated concealed fairlead that has a double advantage: aesthetically it is very clean and there are no bulky elements in sight, but at the same time it is easy to manoeuvre when docking.

The boat is also very side-deck comfortable to drive. The helm station accommodates a large two-seater sofa in front of which a modern console with a 12” screen opens out, with space next to it for storing everything you need, thanks to two storage compartments, a double cup holder and electrical sockets for various recharges.

Then, of course, its interior spaces: it is when relaxing that you understand that XL acronym. The sofas are large and comfortable, and both fore and aft offer the possibility of sitting at the table or transforming them into wide, extremely comfortable sundecks. Between the lockers and watertight compartments there is all the space you need to store everything you need for a yachting day, but also for camping or work, making the Nuova Jolly 850 XL truly perfect for any occasion.

There is also a toilet with a 1.70 metre chemical toilet, a 42 litre refrigerator, sink and chopping board which naturally become essential elements for its liveability, as well as the long awning which, using the steel or fibreglass T-Top, extends to the entire 8.70 metres of the boat. Personally, I always find this a great thing, as I often find myself camping with the family and, at the time of my girls’ nap, all this shade makes resting definitely more pleasant.

Last but not least, the stern houses one last practical innovation, namely the movable swim platforms which, depending on your choice, can accommodate one or two outboards of up to 450 hp: which means going fast, and enjoying that aspect of the sea that we can’t leave out, namely the pleasure and adrenaline of driving. In the water it is very stable, but as soon as it gets up on plane its 1,400 kg (dry) disappear to leave room for great handling, which adds to the list of positive aspects.

This boat wins you over with a simple, extremely clean style that definitely stands out. But it is once you are on board that you realize its full potential: if in fact everyone has their own needs at sea, with this 850 XL the Nuova Jolly Marine has thought well of satisfying them all.

TECHNICAL SPECS

 

DESIGN & PROJECT

Nuova Jolly

DESIGN CATEGORY

B

MAX PASSENGERS CAPACITY

16

SHAFT SIZE

1XXL – 2 XXL

NO. COMPARTMENTS

6

LOA

8,730 cm

MAX BEAM

3,400 cm

MAX POWER

2 x 225 HP

FUEL

300 l

WATER

65 l

EPropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo, second year of testing for Selva’s electric outboard

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A year has already passed since I wrote about the Epropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo, the amazing Epropulsion electric outboard that now travels with our lab-boat around Italy, and of which I admit, I am very proud. But here I am again, with the feeling that collecting my memories is very light on me.

Yes, because the satisfactions that it has given us this year too have been many, showing all its usefulness in many situations: what’s more, the fact of combining the silence of the sailing boat, which is clearly unequalled in terms of environmental sustainability, with the total absence of emissions that the use of the Epropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo electric outboard guarantees for our tender, really appeals to me.

But let us make a brief summary to understand what we are talking about. This outboard, imported in Italy by Selva, is an electric outboard installed on our tender, an indestructible Selva 320 VIB. It is therefore a sort of link between us and the mainland that cannot be allowed to slip, because being halfway between the coast and the boat is never pleasant. Especially in loafers and a shirt before disembarking for dinner. Has this ever happened to you?

Do you remember the features of our Epropulsion electric outboard?

EPropulsion-Spirit-1.0-Evo-electric-ouboardBy dint of using it, I am no longer surprised. After our “1,000-mile cruise in the Tyrrhenian Sea” two years ago, and the more than 900 miles sailed this year, it is now part of our family, but it does surprise those who visit us for the first time and have never seen it before.

Let’s start with the dimensions, smaller than those of a classic tender outboard, and with a weight per single component of less than 12 kg, which makes assembly and disassembly really quick and effortless.  In fact, Epropulsion is installed in stages, first the shaft complete with tiller (11.3 kg) and then the battery (8.7 kg), a system that is light and extremely safe at the same time.

Be careful, however, epropulsiondo not think that this is at the expense of materials. In fact, we have put a lot of strain on it this year, sometimes purposely causing it to take a few too many hits, other times in a less intentional manner, but it has held up to it all.

You know, between filming, drones flying, cameras passing by and a boat to steer, it happens that something has to be ‘thrown in there’ every now and then, if you like.

But that’s the point of our tests, to live as if we were in normalcy and a few jolts are part of the game: in any case, compared to last year, the performance remained the same, still outstanding.

Its display continued to work excellently, showing us, as always, some fundamental data such as the indication of charging volts, maximum voltage and, of course, the residual charge: this engine has a 1276 Wh battery, built according to the latest lithium polymer technology, which takes 8.5 hours to fully charge, although in normal everyday use it takes just over an hour to bring the charge back to full after use.

The EPropulsion electric outboard has a secret

Daydreamer-1000-miles-tyrrhenian-seaBut all this for me, although remarkable, fades into the background in my test because if you remember correctly, the Epropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo electric outboard has a secret: and what a secret! It recharges itself. Yes, just leave it connected to the tender of the main boat by towing it into the water and it recharges, with minimal impact on sailing speed. In fact, its energy hydrogeneration system, through the flow of water pushing the propeller blades, turns the engine producing energy that recharges the batteries. Game, match, encounter.

This could be enough for me. Silence, because in operation despite the extra year it continues to be very quiet, and free clean energy with the guarantee of never running out of power. Need anything else?

Yes, you might say. epropulsion electric outboardFor example, how much energy does it consume? How far can I really go and at what speed? For all the details of the test I refer you to the table below which, you will notice, is the same as last year’s because the performance has remained unchanged, but to give you a concrete example of its hydrogen-generating capacity, we measured about 1 notch of recharge per hour/hour and a half of sailing at 6 knots. Which basically means that in an entire season we never recharged it using the charger!

During this second year of testing, we have never run out of battery power, despite the fact that very often there were four of us on board, engaged in coastal sailing and the classic comings and goings from boat to shore, even over long distances. Like for example in August when, anchored in Cala Brandinchi, we sailed twice to the Puntaldia marina.

Two hours of sailing, without the slightest problem and, above all, with a good charge still remaining at the end of the operation.

EPropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo – Conclusions on the second year of testing

EPropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo is the electric outboard I can no longer do without. Is that enough for you? I’m not exaggerating, because this small engine is not only practical, efficient and quiet, it also marks a turning point. It has something special just in its concept, it makes you realize that it is possible to go to sea using only clean energy, and somehow reconnects me to my favourite element, which on the other hand certainly thanks all those who make such a choice: environmentally friendly and absolutely performing at the same time.

Performance

Power OutputSpeed in knRemaining time in hours
60220
1002.512
2003.16.5
3003.64
4003.83.2
5004.32.5
6004.52
7004.61.8
8004.71.5
90051.2
10005.31

Rio Yachts Inagua S: exclusive sea trial at the Genoa Boat Show

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Rio Yachts, all-Italian nautical excellence since 1961, enters the world of RIBs with the brand-new Inagua S, the first inflatable ever built by the Italian boatyard.

Entry Level of the Inagua range, the Rio Yachts Inagua S successfully combines all the sportiness of an inflatable with the elegance of details and finishes that distinguishes the Open family.

Inaugua SAt sea it is incredibly stable and fast. The thrill of tacking to port or starboard is priceless because the high, diamond-shaped helm station shows a truly thrilling view of the sea caressing the tubulars.

The power is not lacking, there is room for two 300 hp outboards, like the Mercurys that now drive this boat, designed by Marino Alfani, to tame the waves that rise up in the bow. Chroming, premiere design, ample space and strong emotions complete the circle.

Inagua S is like a classic suit worn with a pair of tennis shoes, and now I’ll tell you why.

INAUGUA S SEA TRIAL

It had been unveiled at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2022 and I knew it would also arrive at the Genoa Boat Show, so once the countdown was over I was very happy that the day had come: I was curious to know what Rio Yatchs’ first Maxi Rib would look like live, and finally the day had come.

11 m by 3.70 m. I like such big boats because everything is comfortable: the walkaround runs throughout the boat like a gangway and moving up to the beautiful diamond-shaped bridge is very easy. The pilot seat is raised, you have the perception of being really high up and you are enveloped by this splendid, ultra-modern black T-Top, in line with the helm station that houses an eye-catching control console.

Getting out of the harbour Rio Yachts Inagua S underwayquickly, the boat responds promptly to tight manoeuvres. The sea is rough, there are waves of about a metre and a half, the wind is picking up and I think it’s the ideal situation to test a Rib like this: wide, glued on its Marino Alfani-designed hull.

At 2,500 rpm, I exceed 20 knots, the boat is planing. Before starting with the speed and consumption tests I want to get used to it and so I start attacking the waves firmly, pushing down on the throttle, expecting to feel the fallout in the wave hollow, but… nothing. As if the waves weren’t even there.

Then it’s a succession of port and starboard turns and I notice the perspective which, I admit, has really seduced me. As I said, the helm station is raised as is the seat, the feet are on the footrest, and I enjoy the spectacle from above. The sea caressing the tubulars, the reflection of the sun on the water, the white of the Rib: the more you drive it, the more you’ll keep on driving it.

consoleWith this sea at 30 knots on the 4000 rpm we travel deliciously pleasantly and consumption is under control, 40 l/h. So off I go, lowering the throttle even more, 4,500, 5,000… at 5,500 rpm I’m at 43 knots and I’m happy as a child.

But the sea is getting rougher and rougher, the sky black and we decide to go back. That was my top speed, but it comfortably reaches 50 knots.

I don’t have a drop of water on me, those on the boat with me are chatting amiably on the comfortable sofas behind me, and there is an unconscious smile on my face.

THE INAGUA S IN DETAIL

Aesthetically it is refined, elegant: I can see it arriving with a celebrity on board at a Cannes or Venice Premiere.

side viewThe spaces are immediately reminiscent of an open yacht, with a large walkaround that emphasizes that convivial atmosphere I expect from a Rib. The rear decks, despite the fact that the stern is built to accommodate two outboards, are spacious and well designed. The white striped embroidery is a theme that continues throughout the cockpit.

Some features immediately catch the eye. The tubulars that wrap around the entire hull, for example, instead of closing in the classic semi-circle shape are cut: a feature that will also be replicated on all other Rio Yachts inflatable boats and that will make it a trademark.

Then the T-Top. Made of crystal, black in colour, it gives a touch of elegance to this boat, like wearing the right accessory that enhances the whole look, but still leaves wide viewing angles all around and covers from the sun the dashboard, which has a splendid diamond shape, also made of black crystal, hiding a toilet on the front. Not only beauty but also a remarkable effectiveness both in terms of protection, as I said at the end of the test I didn’t even have a drop of water on me, but also in terms of performance, since its inclination favours a more aerodynamic passage of air.

Last but not least, space. Almost four metres of width can be felt in the spacious seating, in the large bow and stern sundecks where passengers lie comfortably, in the situations when the dinghy is used for a lunch at anchor. Of course, nothing is missing: a kitchen with a cutting board (which can accommodate a cooker), a sink, a foldaway table, seven large compartments and a fridge where you can always keep a bottle of Champagne chilled to share with our lucky guests.

This Rib is the perfect crasis of two worlds, that of the dinghy and that of the boat, taking the best from both. Rio Yachts Inagua S has been presented to the world, and I leave with the knowledge that, from the looks of it, we are looking at a line destined to last and to surprise us with many other novelties.

rio yachts inagua s sea trialrio yachts test

TEST DATA

RPM

SPEED IN KNOTS

L/H

1000

4

 4.5

1500

 8.1 7.3

2000

 9 12.6

2500

 11 14.5

3000

 15 23

3500

 24.5 31

4000

30 40

4500

 35.559

5000

 40 80

5500

 43 90

TECHNICAL SPECS

 

DESIGN & PROJECT

Rio Yachts- Marino Alfani

DESIGN CATEGORY

B

ENGINE SHAFT LENGTH

2 XL

NO. COMPARTMENTS

7

LOA

1,100 cm

MAX BEAM

3,700 cm

MAX PASSENGERS CAPACITY

12

MAX POWER

600HP

FUEL

600 l

WATER

100 l

 

CMC Marine at the 2022 TrawlerFest Baltimore

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CMC Marine had a successful TrawlerFest, the boat show dedicated to trawlers

CMC Marine at the TrawlerFest

CMC Marine, a leading manufacturer of electrically actuated stabilization systems, had a successful TrawlerFest Baltimore. The event, held from September 29 to October 1, is one of four boat shows organized each year by US magazine PassageMaker and is dedicated to the numerous builders, owners and fans of trawlers and compacts boats that are very popular in the United States.

CMC Marine continues to raise its profile at US boat shows and at the end of the month the Italian company will once again be in the spotlight at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the world’s largest exhibition of yachts in the water, with over 1,300 boats on show and an entire marina, the Superyacht Village, devoted to the largest yachts at the event.

High-potential market, popular products

cranchi-Eco-Trawler-43-cmc-marineThe trawler sector represents one of the markets with most growth potential, because there are lots of boats on the water in this category and many boatyards and owners see STAB fins in the Waveless line as the ideal product to increase comfort on board and seakeeping.

Waveless is the latest generation of electric stabilization systems developed by CMC Marine, a leading producer of electrically operated stabilization systems that has expanded its market with a product now available for all yachts 12 metres in length and over. Compact, easy to install and requiring minimal maintenance, Waveless STAB is the solution that fits every type of need.

A young yet well-established company

The Italian company was only founded in 2005, relies on the more than 20 years’ experience of its founder and around 70 employees, and has succeeded in establishing itself on the market, revolutionizing nautical stabilisation thanks to a highly technical approach, careful design and the ability to guarantee the performance of its products. These, characterized by innovativeness, flexibility and reliability, are already installed on hundreds of yachts around the world.

With the new headquarters in Cascina (Pisa) and the office in Milan, CMC Marine grows and consolidates its position as market leader in the industrial segment of stabilization systems, steering systems and bow thrusters for yachts and passenger vessels over 12 metres.

CMC Marine designs and manufactures sophisticated stabilization systems and thrusters on the market, including the Stabilis Electra range, the world’s first stabilizer with electric rather than hydraulic actuation, which was awarded the Dame Award in 2011, the most prestigious recognition for technological innovation in the marine industry worldwide.

Since 2012 the Stabilis Electra is covered by patent (EU PATENT no. 2172394). CMC Marine also holds the patent for the DIA-LOG electronic control system (EP No. 2669177), standard equipment on all innovative SE Integrated Systems. From 2019, the year of their market introduction, the STAB fins of the Waveless line are also covered by patent (EP No. 3658453).

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