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NAUTICA MAGAZINE
NAVIGATION TEST

Article selected from thousand boat trials performed by Nautica in nearly 50 years

Navigation trials

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Text and photographs by
Corradino Corbò

Nautica Magazine
n. 537, January 2007


AQUAMAR - AQUATIM 680

Resulting from an exhaustive design research as well as from good advice of a highly specialized clientele - as fishing enthusiasts are - Aquatim 680 is the new Aquamar fisherman. The yard expressly dedicates this boat to extremely demanding boat lovers who prefer unregistered boats (translator's note: In Italy, registration of boats less than 10 meters long is not compulsory). Aquatim 680 was conceived as a workboat, with a carefully hand- stratified hull, stiffened by a solid integrated structure.

Another positive feature is the cabling: tension rods, electrical cables and whatever tends to make confusion in blind areas and in lockers clearly run without getting in the way and, above all, are easily identified. Common spaces dedicated to life on board are not limited by the fisherman design thanks to practical expedients such as cockpit seats concealed when not in use or swimming ladder compartment in the aft platform. Such features are available for anyone who enjoys sailing or sun-tanning and not just fishing. The fully fitted galley is molded in the wheel station/dinette. Belowdecks there is the cabin and a small but useful head for greater comfort and for dripping slickers.

Under way, Aquatim 680 shows exceptional seakeeping abilities and the stern drive, in combination with the 160 hp Volvo Penta D-3 engine, are appropriate. Fitting just one engine, and eventually adding an auxiliary outboard engine to obtain a continuous low speed for live-bait fishing, was the best solution for enhancing the hull design.

TECHNICAL DATA

Designer: Yard's Technical Office
Yard: Aquamar; Loc. Acquasanta; 98063 Gioiosa Marea (Messina, Italy); tel. +39 0941 362372; fax +39 0941 361502; website www.aquamar.it; e-mail info@aquamar.it
EC category type: B
LOA: 6.82 m
Beam: 2.55 m
Depth: 0.45 m
Light displacement: 1,525 kg; full load displacement: 2,300 kg
Maximum passengers capacity: 6
Berths: 2
Test boat power: 1x160 hp Volvo Penta D-3
Total installed power: 160 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 325 kg
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 9.53 kg/hp
Type of transmission: stern drive
Optional engines: Mercruiser 4.3L / 4.3L MPI; Mercruiser 1.7 MS; Volvo Penta 4.3 GLSX / 4.3 GXi-EVC SX
Maximum declared speed: 30 knots
Cruising speed: 26 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 22 l/hr
Range at cruising speed: 106 miles
Fuel capacity: 90 l
Freshwater capacity: 50 liters
Road transportation: with special truck

Standard fittings: wood aft railing with rod holders, padded lining in cockpit sides, hard-top with handholds, sink, central courtesy lights in cockpit, bow fitting, bow sunning area with cushioning, Plexiglas windshield with sliding side panels, aft platform, tuna door, stainless steel swimming ladder, electrical switchboard, gasoline tanks with level indicator
Optional fittings: compass, galley and sink, shower with water pressure pump, refrigerator, cradle, table leg, bilge pump, blue painting of hull, auxiliary engine bracket, teak deck, boat cover, horn, electrical winch, chemical toilet, electrically operated toilet, manual toilet
Price with standard fittings and test boat power: Euro 45.580,00 + VAT 20% ex yard.

IMPRESSIONS

SEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
Wind: force 2
Sea: 1.

PERFORMANCE (with half filled water and fuel tanks and 4 passengers)
Cruising speed: 25 knots
Maximum speed: 27.8 knots

EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY

Deck: extremely safe thanks to the suitably fitted handholds
Cockpit: comfortable, standard design, ideal height for fishing
Interiors: simple and rational, easy clean-up
Passengers' comfort: very good
Galley: to port of the wheel station, fitted with one sink and one burner
Bathroom: small head to starboard, separated from the cabin, with porthole and small access door cut in the dashboard
Engine room: excellent accessibility and extremely functional
Electrical switchboard and plants: adequate.