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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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Electric Corvetta 24 on the market: the dolce vita of the future.

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The new electric Corvetta 24 wins everyone over: zero environmental impact and traction aesthetics.

Giorgio Mussini shipyard’s new Corvetta has recently been launched on the market, this time in an electric version. The historic Portofino-based shipyard led by founder Giorgio and his son Gaetano has developed a unit they have been dreaming of for years: a day cruiser with almost zero environmental impact.

electric corvetta 24Precisely during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company pushed the accelerator of creativity and resourcefulness by combining its handcrafted product with electric propulsion.

The propulsion unit was developed and supplied by E4Boat, a network of highly specialized and innovative companies in advanced robotics, electrified and hybrid propulsion and shipbuilding.

The electric Corvetta 24 thus presents itself as an environmentally and financially friendly recreational boat, dedicated to families taking a day trip and slow tourism whether at sea or on the lake.

Corvetta 24 – Design

Featuring elegant and sophisticated lines, the icon of the Giorgio Mussini shipyard that is a symbol of the dolce vita in Portofino is now green. The yard’s first ecological boat astonishes and conquers, taking nothing away from aesthetics and tradition but, on the contrary, adding an important step forward in terms of savings and environmental pollution. Only plus points for this luxurious and exciting craft, almost 8 metres long, characterized by a fibreglass hull, a very deep V-shaped bow and a hull designed to enhance the strengths of the day cruiser: speed, handling and incredible seaworthiness even in very difficult conditions.

All this is combined with precious mahogany or teak finishes that unify the boat and give it that air of craftsmanship and warmth that wood can give.

Electric propulsion

The engine of this corvetta-24-detailCorvetta 24 is the real revolution: permanent magnet electric propulsion generating a minimum power of 30kW with a static power converter and battery modules for a total of 65kWk which translates into an autonomy of no less than 4 hours for the owner.

Not only is the environmental impact reduced to zero, but another important peculiarity comes into play: you will be able to navigate listening only to the sound of the sea.

In fact, the electric engine, unlike the endothermic one, guarantees an unprecedented silence that renews the classic experience at sea aboard a Corvetta and allows the owner to drive and listen only to the music of the sea beating against the hull.

The new electric Corvetta 24 makes a real leap forward for Giorgio Mussini shipyard, which has always been a producer of fine yachts, with tradition in its heart and a mind in the future, as this new model on the market demonstrates.

 

Sacs Tecnorib sweeps the board at Monaco Yacht Show

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For the third year running Sacs Tecnorib, the brand that has set new trends in the industry by inaugurating the Maxi Rib era, was the protagonist of the ‘chase boats’ segment at the Monaco Yacht Show, a unique opportunity to showcase a range that seems to fit the needs of this sector perfectly.

Monaco is the Superyacht Show. andrea loroThe concentration of skippers and owners is unique in the world, and for Sacs Tecnorib the percentage of owners using our products as Chase Boats is great, – Andrea Loro, Sales Director at Sacs Tecnorib, told us during the event – So the fact that we are here in such a strategic location also gives us excellent potential. This is the third year that we have been in this situation with our booth and we have always achieved excellent results“.

Montecarlo is certainly the ideal place to meet owners, gather important information also for future developments and live the experience to the full, following, among other things, a concept that Sacs knows well and that has a name all its own: the Sacs Experience.

Sacs Experience goes hand in hand with the market. – continues Andrea Loro – While 10 years ago customers were looking for a specific product, today we sell an experience instead.

Sales are very cross-sectional, the customer is looking for a product in which he or she recognizes himself or herself: beautiful, stylish, and guaranteeing a complete on-board experience with ample sunbathing spaces combined with shaded relaxation areas where he or she can listen to music, have a cool drink, and spend quality time with loved ones and friends. The brand, of course, is also important, with its reputation and product type, but in the end it is always the aesthetic taste that drives.

sacs-rebel-40So the fact that we have launched this Rebel line, which is a sort of middle ground between our core business, i.e. the maxi tender/maxi RIB of which we are world leaders, and a more traditional boat, has brought many customers closer to the space and comfort of a luxury boat, but with an ‘aggressive RIB’ aspect.

This has decreed the success of the Rebel range, which was born in 2017 and already boasts three models, with the fourth on the way.

Today experience is sold as I said. To make a comparison it’s like buying a dress that you like, you look for something that looks good; well, in the case of yachting, this means finding what best suits your individual desires and expectations”.

Today Sacs Tecnorib joins the Monaco Yacht Show as a well-established company, with the mentality of an industry leader and a strength that enables it to deliver high-end Maxi Ribs that are appreciated the world over. But the way up to here has been a long one, a path made up of experiences that blend together, of daily work and of skilled workers who take their talents to the extreme in these models.

The path to get here has been long. – reiterates the Sales Director of Sacs Tecnorib – Sacs was founded in 1989, then acquired in 2004 by the Laserline group, and from there, thanks also to a series of collaborations with important brands in the automotive sector, such as Abarth, Ferrari and Jaguar, we have always tried to position the brand a little outside the traditional, exploring other worlds, always linked to luxury”.

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All this has meant that the expectation created by the brand has also allowed us to approach very high-level customers with a product that meets their expectations. More and more customers are coming in with their own idea of style and colour, to the extreme of bespoke RAL, just as more and more owners want the tender to match the colour of their superyacht, to blend in with its style”.

I only had one question left to ask Andrea Loro, a much more personal one, but one whose answer I believe encapsulates much of the enthusiasm that oozes from his expression: ‘What does working at Sacs Tecnorib and being here in Monaco mean to you?’

” I am happy to be at Sacs. I am surrounded by young people who keep me young, pushing me to keep up. The nature of the product brings me face to face with a wonderful world, that of luxury, with case histories made up of really fascinating people and stories. This is an aspect that reaches its peak here in Monaco, which is also why we simply cannot miss it”.

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.

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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

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.

Tecnorib-PIRELLItecnorib-pirelli-50-interior

 

Pardo GT75, the latest Pardo Yachts’ 23-metre addition

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At the Cannes Yachting Festival 2022, Pardo Yachts unveiled its new flagship, the Pardo GT75, which is positioned between the Walkaround and Endurance ranges.

Pardo GT75, a villa on the high seas

Pardo-GT75The new high-performance 75-footer is the new flagship of the Pardo Yachts fleet and is positioned between the Walkaround and Endurance ranges.

The spaces and volumes of the latest GT from the Forlì-based shipyard have been designed for those owners who want to live the yacht like a floating villa in total relaxation, with interiors and exteriors suitably designed to enjoy a privileged sailing experience.

Versatility is one of the GT75’s key features: compared to her little sister the GT52, the Pardo GT75 increases the layout possibilities, both for interior and exterior spaces.

The communication of these spaces materializes thanks to the aft door, which can be fully opened combined with the roof in semi-open mode, the sliding doors to both passages and the side windows that can be opened.

The deep-V hull guarantees both safety at sea and sailing comfort, while maintaining a special focus on sustainability: the aim is always to create a perfect harmony with the environment in which the owners will be sailing.

Four different engines while waiting for the hybrid

The lines of the Pardo GT75 have been designed by Zuccheri Yachts Design, while the Nauta Design studio has handled the interiors and exteriors. There is a wide range of engines available: starting with the standard 3 x D13 IPS 900 and then going up to the 1050, 1200 or 1350, with an engine room already prepared for the Volvo hybrid engine upgrade, a solution that allows high performance to be achieved with a reduced impact on the marine environment.

A configuration for everyone

At the Cannes Yachting Festival thePardo-GT75_Tender-garage two aft area layouts of the Pardo GT75 were unveiled, enhancing its versatility.

The “Tender” version, as the name suggests, can accommodate a tender in the garage underneath the sundeck, which is raised by an electric mechanism.

In the “Beach” version, the entire aft area is transformed into a terrace overlooking the sea, from which there is private access to the owner’s cabin. This is a true suite furnished and designed with extreme care, with a privileged view of breathtaking panoramas and awakenings. When the aft deck is uncluttered, it can be fitted out as desired, with free-standing furnishings making the space even more versatile: beach area by day, terrace overlooking the sea for cocktails and parties at sunset.

Both configurations include the option of fold-down side terraces, which increase the space on board the Pardo GT75 even further. The walkaround character of the new Pardo Yacht flagship is reflected in the side decks, which rise up to deck level to create a very large flush area for relaxation in the bow, where there is a living area with a C-shaped sofa, a table and a generous sundeck amidships.

Elegant and functional interior

The main deck of the Pardo GT75 combines aesthetic and functional features, to guarantee comfort on board even during long cruises, especially when there are guests, who are welcomed by high quality materials and bright environments, thanks to the presence of large windows. On the GT75 too, the interiors are available in a galley-up or galley-down version, to allow the owner to experience the yacht either in a more convivial or more private manner.

In the galley-up version, the main deck features a superbly equipped galley, in front of which a comfortable L-shaped sofa with dining table can accommodate up to 7 guests. The connection with the outdoor dining area in the cockpit makes the main deck one large space to be enjoyed at all times of the day.

In the galley-down layout, on the other hand, the main deck houses a huge living area, equipped with large sofas, which, thanks to the roof in semi-open mode, the side windows and the sliding aft door, provides guests with continuous contact with the sea. In this version, the well-equipped galley is located below deck amidships, allowing the boat to be enjoyed throughout the year.

Pardo-GT75_LowerDeck

Exclusive and quiet sleeping zone

owner's cabinThe layout of the lower deck is no less versatile and different solutions have been designed for the sleeping area as well.

As already mentioned the owner’s cabin in the “Beach” version becomes a real suite, while in the “Tender Garage” version, on the other hand, the same cabin is accessible from the internal staircase, like the rest of the sleeping area.

Space varies according to requirements: the lower deck configuration is designed to accommodate two, three or four cabins, for a total of 10 berths (including a double crew cabin). The standard version of the yacht is the three-cabin, three-bathroom configuration, where the study of the environments has led to the creation of balanced and furnished spaces worthy of larger yachts.

The shipyard’s various proposals designed for this 75 footer make it possible to enjoy the time spent on board in direct contact with the sea in an elegant and exclusive setting.

Pardo GT75: open soul, utmost comfort

But there’s more beyond the premiere of the GT75: in fact, at Pardo Yachts, development has already begun on the Pardo 75, which will be the T-Top version of the flagship. This is a completely open model, which follows the evolution of the Walkaround range.

Le novità non finiscono con l’anteprima del GT75: infatti, in casa Pardo Yachts sono già iniziati gli sviluppi di Pardo 75, che rappresenterà la versione T-Top dell’ammiraglia. Si tratta di un modello completamente open, che segue l’evoluzione della gamma Walkaround.

Pardo GT75: technical specs

LOA

22.86 m

Max Beam

5.99 m

Fuel Tank Capacity

4200 l

Water Tank Capacity

1,200 l

Standard engines

3 x D13 IPS 900

Optional Engines

3 x D13 IPS1050
3 x D13 IPS1200
3 x D13 IPS1350

Project

Cantiere del Pardo
Nauta Design
Zuccheri Yacht Design

tender garage

Pardo Yachts

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

80 Sunreef Power: world premiere at FLIBS

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80 Sunreef Power

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be the stage for the presentation of the new 80 Sunreef Power, the motor catamaran that Sunreef Yachts has designed for long cruises in maximum comfort. A luxurious motor yacht that represents the essence of design, distinguished by generous living spaces full of natural light.

Luxury and classic solutions

The huge garage and aft Sunreef-Yachts-80-Sunreef-Power-exteriorplatform allow the 80 Sunreef Power to take the tender and jet skis everywhere.
There is a twelve-seat dining table to starboard and a well-equipped bar at the entrance to the forward deck.
With a
beam of 12 metres, the 80 Sunreef Power offers ample space for dining in the aft cockpit.
The huge flybridge of this exclusive catamaran is large enough to accommodate a
Jacuzzi, a wet bar with barbecue and generous seating all around with oversized sundecks.

Sunreef Yachts 80 Sunreef Power- Interior

Sunreef-Yachts-80-Sunreef-Power-interiorThe owner’s suite on the 80 Sunreef Power is spectacular and can be located in the forward section of the main deck. With a double bed overlooking the foredeck, a bathroom with a shower cubicle, dressing room and desk, the space is certainly not lacking in brightness, thanks to the skylight window. The same space can be used to install a large saloon with ample seating and access to the foredeck.

The main saloon opens onto the large aft cockpit to combine the yacht’s internal dining space with the external relaxation areas, where additional seating and a wet bar are available. The saloon, which can be fully customized, can also accommodate a large galley, depending on the layout chosen, and houses a raised interior helm station.

The immense volumes of the 80 Sunreef Power’s hulls offer ample space to adapt the layout of each unit to the most specific requirements. The crew quarters, galley and mess can be accessed directly from the aft cockpit for more privacy on board.

Various layout configurations are available to fit luxurious guest cabins for a supreme level of comfort on board.

The world’s largest boat show

The Polish shipyard will be present from 26 to 30 October at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2022, the world’s largest boating event. The show will host all the biggest names in the yachting industry for a spectacular parade of the world’s most beautiful boats

80 Sunreef Power – Technical Specs

Cobstruction

Composite Material

Length

23.95 m / 78.6 Ft

Max Beam

12 m / 39.4 Ft

Draft

1.7 m / 5.6 Ft

Engines

2 x 575 HP – 2 x 1200 HP

Fuel

2 x 5000 l (2 x 1320.86 US gal)
2 x 8000 l (2 x 2113.38 US gal)

Fresh Water

1600 l (422.68 US gal)

Passengers Capacity

up to 12

Category

A

Project and Design

Sunreef Yachts

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