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NAUTICA MAGAZINE
NAVIGATION TEST

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Navigation trials

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PRIMATIST G36 BY BRUNO ABBATE

The Abbate name marked the course of Italian and Lombard shipbuilding history. Recently, the Bruno Abbate shipyard built boats at the same pace of past years mainly because it has new vigor and wants to be active on the market again after a period of scarce production. New investments, new projects and new stimuli should again attract the lost clientele that for several reasons had withdrawn from the sports motor boating market. The new swift motor yacht that we tested on Lake Garda (Italy) is the main product of this revival. The Primatist G36' is a sporty cabin motor boat with a special outside line and a fair belowdecks habitability. As a matter of fact, even though the interior layout is original - with rounded shaped open galley and dinette, forward and aft cabin and bathroom amidships - improvements can be made.

As for the seakeeping performances, the Bruno Abbate hull design once again demonstrated to be able to cope with any sea conditions. The new G 36' is the perfect compromise between smooth rides and high speed. She has the typical grit of a sport boat, with an aggressive outside line and excellent seakeeping abilities in waves. The boat reaches the top speed of 42 knots with a power of 680 hp and a total of 4 persons on board: an ideal speed for the Owner who wants to stand out.

TECHNICAL DATA

Yard: Primatist by Bruno Abbate, via Italia, Zona Industriale; 22010 Grandola ed Uniti (Como, Italy); tel. +39-0344-31581; fax +39-0344-31035
EEC A category type
Italian VAT: 20%
LOA: 34'7"
Beam: 11'
Light displacement: 11,369 lbs.
Full boat displacement: 13,775 lbs.
Maximum passengers capacity: 10
Berths: 4 in 2 cabins
Test boat power: 2x340 hp Volvo Penta 7.4 G.I. DP
Total installed power: 680 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 2,318 lbs.
Type of transmission: stern drive
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 11.72 lbs./hp
Maximum declared speed: 42 knots
Cruising speed: 32 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 21.13 gallons/hr
Range at cruising speed: 424 miles
Fuel capacity: 2x140 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 42 gallons
Road transportation: special cargo
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Lit. 290,000,000 ex VAT.

CONSTRUCTION CHARACTERISTICS

Hull: deep V-hull forward and aft
Hull construction material: hand-reinforced stratified GRP; fiberglass; longitudinal steps on the sides
Deck materials and characteristics: streamlined deck with integrated sunning area; practical fore-and-aft side decks with longitudinal stainless steel handrails, deck-integrated fiberglass windshield connected to side windows and roll-bar
Bow area: ample padded sunning area with cushioning covering the central hatch; large forward chain locker; two longitudinal grab rails
Characteristics of the aft platform: protruding integrated aft platform.

INTERIORS

Layout and characteristics: original layout with round central dinette, galley to port, forward master stateroom and aft guest cabin with access by way of a portside small corridor. The bathroom is located under the helm station, in the central part of the boat. Even though the outside line is modern, with rounded shapes, the standard version has no upholstery and no lining belowdecks: the yard preferred the more practical cold gel coat finishing. Linings may be fitted to Owner's requests. At first sight, halogen lighting and the use of inner spaces may be highly appreciated or disliked
Helm station: the helm station gains considerable importance because it is located amidships and in the central part of the boat. The dashboard, with walnut root decorations, is practical and immediate. The pilot's seat is appropriate and at the right distance from the dash.
Galley: belowdecks, simple and practical, with sink, range and refrigerator. The galley includes a worktop and several cabinets.

FITTINGS

Standard fittings: the boat includes several standard fittings, such as household appliances, water pressure system with outside shower, battery charger, electrical windlass, automatic detection and fire-fighting system.
Optional fittings: in addition to special Owner's requests, the G36' may be fitted with water heater, generating set, hydro-electric gangway, air conditioner and digital navigational instruments.

IMPRESSIONS

SEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
Wind: none
Lake: calm

PERFORMANCE
Time needed to reach planing speed: 5.8 seconds
Maximum speed at 4,600 rpm's: 42.8 knots
Cruising speed at 3,600 rpm's: 32.4 knots

EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCE

Seakeeping ability, turning and behavior on waves: excellent seakeeping ability in head and running sea; good lateral stability, very good maneuverability even at high speed; progressive and fast turning on waves, excellent trim
Wheel and flap response: flaps are adequate, wheel response is good and foreseeable
Helm station: the helm station is comfortable; it is located at the center of the dashboard, facing the pilot seat
Visibility in different weather conditions: excellent visibility if the pilot is standing, fair if the pilot is sitting. Excellent protection from the wind
Docking maneuverability: throttle and reversing gear levers to the left of the steering wheel. The wheel includes three spokes and it is of the sport steering type. The compass is suitably positioned a practical grab handle is fitted to the side of the wheel.

EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY

Deck: good use is made of available forward and aft space: large aft sunning area and comfortable dinette behind the pilot's seat. Cushioning is of excellent quality. The overall impression is that construction is solid. The imposing windshield, lateral windows and forward slanted roll-bar connect the bow area with the aft deck
Interiors: interiors are of excellent design; excellent habitability for 4 adults. The chromatic contrast of the blue fabric, wood finishing and white gel coat is very pleasant. Access to the aft cabin is excellent, nevertheless, the cabin headroom to starboard is scarce. The bathroom is innovative and ample
Passengers' comfort: excellent belowdecks. The cockpit is very well protected from the wind even at high speeds
Helm station: the helm station is amidships, it is suitably raised. Visibility is slightly hampered when the pilot is sitting
Chart table: located to the side of the dashboard or on the table of the outside dinette
Galley: the galley is of adequate size for preparing quick meals
Bathroom: ample and practical. Unfortunately the water heater is an optional fitting
Engine room: access to the engine room is excellent; it is located under the aft sunning area
Electrical switchboard and plants: the electrical switchboard is complete, the main switches are clearly indicated and wiring are of fairly good quality.