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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 Antonio Bignami

Nautica Magazine
n. 438, October 1998


CANTIERE NAUTICO AZZURRO
PILOTINA

Cantiere Nautico Azzurro Pilotina

Giordano Rosati and his Cantiere Azzurro represent a special world in which professionalism and craftsmanship of the old days go together and where the precious and sophisticated work of the master shipwright combines with innovation. The boats of the Azzurro Shipyard are completely built with woods of the best quality by skilled craftsmen and they are customized to the most demanding Owner's taste and requests. All Azzurro boats are marked by special characteristics that make leisure motor boating unique.

We tested the most recent product of the yard, a beautiful pilot- boat with a pure and solid outside line, created for outstanding performance and safe navigation, with an interior habitability half way between a classic vessel and a modern sports boat, for a rational and practical sea life. The photographs show the beauty of this boat that combines safety with comfort, maneuverability with practicality.

The boat has several striking characteristics. The cockpit design with low sides contribute to a more slender outside line and considerably facilitate fishing operations - on the contrary, the leisure version has higher cockpit sides. The Owner of this beautiful boat, called "Never Never Land", is very fond of fishing and several solutions reflect his passion. This pilot boat is fitted with a multi-function cabinet in the cockpit with sink, refrigerator, freezer and worktop, a chest of drawers for baits and a special storing solution for Rapala baits. The third cabin was transformed into a storing area for fishing rods and fishing equipment, the big hatch in the aft transom may be used to board the catch, storage space includes several lockers and a tackle compartment with access under the flying bridge ladder. Interior layout is sophisticated with cozy and ample spaces marked by modern and practical solutions. The open galley, to the side of the lower helm station, has a very large refrigerator/freezer and the compartment to one side of the big engine room is fitted with washing machine and dryer.

Last but not least, the yard highlights the extremely balanced boat's power, hull and waterlines. Fuel consumption at cruising speed, with a full boat displacement of 38.38 tons, is equal to 10 gallons/hour, this means a range of approximately 300 hours. so much sea to cross with this "Azure" boat!

TECHNICAL DATA

Designer: Giordano Rosati
Yard: Cantiere Nautico Azzurro, Strada Litoranea, 167/169, 61035 Marotta (Pesaro, Italy) - tel. +39-0721-969458
Italian VAT: 20%
LOA: 55'5"
Beam: 15'
Depth: 5'3"
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 3'7"
Light displacement: 34.4 tons
Full boat displacement: 38.38 tons
Maximum passengers capacity: 12
Berths: 5 in 2 cabins
Test boat power: 2x350 hp 3116 inboard Turbo Diesel Caterpillar
Total installed power: 700 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 3,007 lbs.
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 110 lbs./hp
Type of transmission: in-line shaft
Maximum declared speed: 13 knots
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 10 gallons/hr
Range at cruising speed: 1,260 miles
Fuel capacity: 1,057 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 264 gallons
Price: to be quoted depending on the Owner's special requests
Notes: the tested boat has a tackle storage area in lieu of the standard version's third cabin with twin beds or two overlapping beds.

CONSTRUCTION CHARACTERISTICS

Hull: displacement type
Hull construction material: English oak frame, 1"9/16 thick Iroko planking
Deck materials and characteristics: 13/16-inch thick teak
Bow area: pulpit, grab rails, teak deck, two anchor windlasses for two anchors, two fairleads and two mooring bitts
Cockpit arrangements and fittings: teak deck, cabinet with refrigerator, freezer, sink and worktop, chest of drawers for baits, several tackle lockers, three operating station with hydraulic remote controls, fighting chair, fixed rod-holders, mooring bitts, mooring winches and fairleads, access ladder to flying bridge with underneath locker, fore-and-aft side deck ladders, shower with hot/cold water mixer, water deck wash down pumps, lockers and bins, opening transom hatch
Superstructures and windows materials: deck fittings in AISI 316 stainless steel, windows in mirrored tempered glass
Flying bridge arrangement and characteristics: dashboard with power-assisted hydraulic wheel steering, hydraulic remote controls, compass, instruments indicators, pilot's seat, two settees on the sides, teak deck, roll bar.

INTERIORS

Layout and characteristics: forward cabin with double bed, closet, two hanging lockers and en suite bathroom with separated shower stall, VIP cabin includes two overlapping beds and a third bed, separated bathroom, tackle storing area (this area may be fitted as third cabin with two beds), salon with two opposite aft dinettes, galley, helm station and chart table forward. Interior wood finishing may be requested in iroko, teak or mahogany
Helm station in cockpit: power-assisted hydraulic wheel steering, hydraulic remote controls, full engine instruments, compass, GPS, SSB, radar, chart plotter, depth-sounder, auto- pilot, HF, intercom
Chart table: near the lower helm station with a large table and several drawers for chart storage
Galley: the galley is located to starboard of the helm station and it may be concealed when not in use; it includes worktop, two electric burners and steak grill, 80-gallon refrigerator/freezer, microwave and electric oven, sink with hot/cold water mixer
Standard fittings: air conditioning, Marinco 26-gallon/hr desalination plant, 12-kW Onam generator, washing machine and dryer in engine room, bow prop.

IMPRESSIONS

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

PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed at 2,800 rpm's
with a 700-hp engine:
12.8 knots

EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCE

Seakeeping ability, turning and behavior on waves: this boat was created as a function of precise characteristics. She is very stable, safe and may sail in any sea and weather conditions.
Wheel response: precise and smooth
Visibility in different weather conditions: excellent both from the flying bridge as well as from the salon.
Docking maneuverability: excellent.

EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY

Deck: ample and very well connected to the cockpit, with the adequate amount of fittings
Flying bridge: very ample and with some unused empty spaces; the dashboard includes all instruments
Interiors: wood dominates, with style and elegance; interior layout is excellent; style is marine and essential
Passengers' comfort: excellent, the boat is very "relaxing"
Helm stations: very comfortable and perfectly positioned
Chart table: ample and with easy access
Galley: with excellent solutions, perfect finishing details
Bathrooms: ample and comfortable
Engine room: easily accessible and very well arranged
Electrical switchboard and plants: very well positioned aft of the lower helm station, with top-quality wiring.