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ARREDOMAR AM 68
It is hard not to be enthusiastic in describing the AM68 after our test, considering the excellent all-around performance of this outstanding craft (50 knots maximum speed, 40 knots cruising speed with two 2 MTU12V183 TE 92).
It is unusual even for us to plane on the sea at this speed with such comfort. AM 68' was always settled , exploiting the engines' power to the outmost and in all the different conditions, and we hence were fascinated by its unexpected navigating comfort and excited by its great steering precision. It certainly is a craft designated to sportsmen and speed-lovers, perhaps a little exhibitionist as well: the manufacturers paid great attention both to styling and extremely sophisticated construction systems (kevlar-carbon), ignoring the luxurious finishing touches, often demanded by the owner, that we are used to seeing on boats this size. Why not treat with high end quality products boat owners seeking those strong emotions that this boat definitely gives?
For this reason we greatly appreciated Renzo and Sergio Marchi's Arredomar who courageously dared to invest in this boat lots of constructing technology. Personally we hope that it will find equal consensus here as it did abroad, where it has already been bought with great enthusiasm and confidence by a young businessman from New York. So, a cordial "With compliments" to the buyer and a sincere and affectionate "bravi veci" to Renzo e Sergio Marchi, and all their valid staff.
TECHNICAL DETAILSYacht designer: Renato Levi and Marco Cantoni, Design Team
Builder: Allestimento Arredomar by Sergio e Renzo Marchi; Via Passo, 124; 30030 Campalto (VE); tel. 041/903264; fax 041/903498
Fully cleared for offshore navigation
Displacement: 16 tons
Yearly licence: L. 6.850.000
Length overall: m 20,60
Registered length: m 20,60
Waterline length: m 14,50
Maximum beam: m 4,40
Building height: m 4,00
Draft below propellers: m 1,05
Empty displacement: kg 16.000
Full load displacement: kg 19.000
Maximum allowable load: 12 people
Berths: 2+2 in two cabins
Engines: 2x1.000 MTU 12V183 TE 92
Total Power: 2.000 HP
Total weight with gear box: kg 4.200 + gear box
Empty displacement/installed power ratio: 8
Transmission: in line surface propeller (Levi drive)
Maximum speed: 48 knots
Cruising speed: 40 knots
Fuel consumption at cruising speed: 250 l/h
Operating range at cruising speed: 440 miles
Fuel tank capacity: 2.500 litres
Water tank capacity: 1.250 litres
Price with standard specification and 2 1.000 MTU 12183 TE92: as for the peculiarity of construction, the boatyard prefers to have a direct approach with the potential buyer to treat with the commercial aspect of the sale.
BUILDING SPECIFICATIONHull: deep V hull
Construction and structures: kevlar with epoxy resin
Deck: kevlar + carbon with termanto and epoxy resin sandwich
Foredeck: 1 wide locker, chain locker, anchor windlass, 2 electrical docking winches, cleats and fairleads
Cockpit: settee, spacious sundeck; cockpit with pilot and co-pilot seats and a 80 litres fridge, ice-maker, sink, engine room, double hydraulic openings
Dive platform: featuring hydraulically operated retractable dive- platform and swim ladder, shower , two docking winches
Superstructures: fiberglass roll-bar
INTERIORLayout and specifications: bow owner's stateroom with double berths, drawers, lockers, en-suite owner's heads with shower, guests' heads en-suite with shower, saloon with facing double dinette, coverable galley, working furniture, electric system control panel, upholstery in washable fabric; heads shelves and gratings in corean with folding covers; upholstery to the owner's choice.
Below decks steering position: double anatomic settee in the cockpit; wheel (Momo), controls and complete engine instruments, compass, radar, GPS Navigraph Trimble, eco-sounder, log, VHF .
Galley area: coverable, in the dining area 120 lt. fridge + sink in corean, worktop, double burners, food locker, drawers and lockers.
ACCESSORIESStandard equipment: air conditioning, Hi-Fi stereo, 15 kW generator, 2 boilers, TV with VCR.
Optional equipment: bow crew cabin with own heads.
OUR IMPRESSIONSCONDITIONS DURING THE TRIAL
PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONSea quality: very good, really excellent stability and reliability, especially considering its peak navigating performance
Helm response, trim and flap: precise and very efficient
Visibility in different conditions: excellent in every situation
Docking manoeuvrability: deck hardware allow for excellent docking manoeuvrings
COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY EVALUATIONDeck: the original design and the advanced technology make the AM68 a very sporty and fast craft, but with the drawback of the poor accessibility of the foredeck.
Interior: excellent finishing, based on large space and sportsmanlike accommodations
Passenger comfort: although it is a sporty boat, there are wide spaces that allow for good liveability
Steering position and comfort: very good, with excellent visibility. The sporty instrument panel is very easy to read and has a vast number of accessories
Galley area: excellent components, simple and elegant, made out of corean
Heads: there are two heads with showers, bidet, gratings in corean, Tenco gold plated taps, very comfortable; one-piece shelves made in corean, holding tanks
Accessibility of the engine compartment: hydraulic openings with suitable accessibility
Electrical equipment panel: individual circuits protected by magnetothermic brakers for each circuit, digital information, battery charger 80 A/h at 220 V + 1 25 A/h at 12 V, 15 kW Onan generator, bildge pumps (two, automatic and manual)