Tests

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

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.

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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

 

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

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

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

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

Scanner 650 L Sea Trial

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

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

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

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

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

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The Scanner 650 L in detail

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

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

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

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

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

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

Test Data

RPM

Speed in kn

L/h

1000

4.1

3.4

1500

5.5

5.5

2000

6.5

8.5

2500

10.1

10.6

3000

15.6

14.2

3500

21.6

19.3

4000

23.9

23.9

4500

26.8

30.7

5000

31

41.5

5500

34.2

56.3

TECHNICAL SPECS

 

DESIGN & PROJECT

Scanner

DESIGN CATEGORY

C

SHAFT LENGHT

XL

NO. OF COMPARTMENTS

7

LOA

6500 cm

MAX BEAM

2550 cm

MAX PASSENGERS CAPACITY

12

MAX POWER

175 HP

FUEL

120 l

WATER

70 l

BOS LE300, the marine lithium batteries that really work

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A good six months have passed since the beginning of our test with the new BOS LE300, the lithium batteries designed specifically for boating. And, above all, an entire season of cruising has passed on board the Daydreamer which, as always, spends most of its time at anchor, the best way to test and stress the use of the battery pack dedicated to on-board utilities.

BOS LE300 lithium-ion battery test

Let us tell you straight BOS-LE300-Smart-Battery-Systemaway, without mincing words: these batteries work brilliantly. They drastically change on-board energy management, eliminating all worries about consumption. At sunset, our volmeter regularly read 13.5 V (compared to the classic 12.8 V of traditional batteries) while the following morning, after keeping the fridge, the anchor light and the fans on (it was really hot this summer), the voltage was never less than 12.8 V.

This created a virtuous cycle whereby, apart from one occasion, on the only rainy day of the season, we never had to turn on the engine (or generator) to recharge the batteries.

In fact, the energy from the 150w solar panel, which produces about 60/70 Ah during daylight hours, was always enough to recharge them.

This success and advantage is mainly due to the following factors:

  • Lithium batteries have a higher operating voltage than conventional lead-acid batteries, and are therefore able to store the excess energy produced by solar panels, in particular the differential between 12.8 and 13.4V

  • The BOS LE300s discharge completely with priority over the AGM batteries to which they are connected (which conventional batteries cannot do), which means that the first 100 Ah are drawn exclusively from the lithium batteries, thus preserving the charge of the conventional battery pack.

BOS LE300 Smart Battery System: how it’s made

BOS-LE300-Smart-Battery-System-installationThe BOS LE300 Smart Battery System is an advanced energy storage system consisting of individual 12 V lithium intelligent battery modules, each offering 28 Ah of capacity and 12.5 A of current. These lithium batteries can be used either to increase the total capacity of existing lead-acid battery packs, or to study and optimize the operation of a new battery pack when replacing or installing it for the first time.

The primary function of this system is to replace the discharge of lead-acid batteries, while keeping them at the highest possible voltage, exploiting the capacity of lithium batteries to deliver amperes, up to full discharge, without decreasing their voltage.

In a nutshell, the BOS LE300s can be fully discharged while the lead-acid batteries remain charged and healthy! What’s more, this technology is plug-and-play, i.e. the installation of BOS LE300s does not require any additional charger. Installing them simply means putting them in parallel with existing batteries, making it easy to adopt this system.

The version installed on the Daydreamer, i.e. the one comprising four BOS LE300 modules capable of delivering a total of 50 A and a capacity of 102.4 Ah, has a retail price of around €1,500 + VAT.

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Installation Video

Technical Specs

System voltage

12 VDC

Norminal voltage

12.8 VDC

Voltage range

11 -15 VDC

Battery packs used in LE300

IFpR/26/65 [8p/4s] E/-20NA/95 LiFePO4 rechargeable battery

Nominal lithium capacity

28 Ah / 358 Wh

Usable lithium capacity

90% (25.2 Ah / 322 Wh)

Numbers of cycles at room temperature

>3000 complete cycles

Continuous charging current

Max. 12.5 A between 5 and 40°C, at higher and lower temperatures current is limited.

Battery efficiency

> 90%

Housing dimensions

175 x 229 x 67 cm

Weight

3.4 kg

Recommended wire size

1.5 – 4 mm²

Ambient temp. (operation & warehousing)

-20 – 50 °C ambient temperature with

 maximum battery life at 15 – 25 °C.
 Warehousing temperature 10 – 30 °C.

Low and high temperature protection,

Temp. sensor prevents lithium battery charge under -5°C or above 55°C cell temp.

heating, charging & dischargingCharging starts once cell temp. is higher than -5°C.
 Device has an integrated heating that is active between -20°C and 10°C cell temp.
 Discharge possible between -20°C and 60°C cell temp.
 At cell temp. below -20°C and over 60°C system is running in pure lead acid mode for higher battery lifetime.

Lithium cell balancing

Battery management inclusive balancer

Protection features

Overcurrent, overvoltage, short circuit, deep discharge, wrong polarity protection.

Operation mode/compatible external batteries

Works in combination with any 12 V lead acid battery & lead acid charge controller.

Connection possibilities

Packs can be connected in parallel with each other (see exemplary parallel combination in the table below).

Max. parallel LE300s

In standard version, a maximum of 24

 LE300 can be connected only in parallel, higher quantities possible after consulting BOS partner.