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CAMUFFO MOTORYACHT C50 FB
An endless number of definitions were conceived to describe the activity and the yachts built by Cantiere Navale Camuffo, a rare example, in a universe of improvisers, of a family vocation for yacht-building (the first craft designed by a Camuffo sailed in 1438). The latest born in such a large and old yachting family is this superb M/Y C50 FB, conceived with the same passion and the same timbers as ever: but words, as usual, will fall short of all that. We will therefore speak of the insulation, the total absence of mould and odours, the natural power and vigour of a structure that offers extraordinary performance and duration in time and almost genealogical revaluation. These usually are the first "impressions" the journalist has upon boarding and then navigating on board a Camuffo yacht.
But this C50FB suggests a couple of other ideas: to those who know the building tradition of the Portogruaro-based yard, this yacht delineates a small/big revolution both for the lines of the upper works and for the layout and the styling of the interior. We therefore asked Marco Camuffo how does he join comfort and performance with a substantial change in the structural bulkheads and a totally different interior layout (saloon with unusual and offset settee; re-designed furnishings and structures, central owner's stateroom and two off-centred and over-sized guest cabins, totally re-designed streamlined coachroof, window-panels and hatches, unusual double forehatches on deck).
Performance that we ourselves have verified, which, as shown by the performance and consumption charts listed below, is absolutely extraordinary and over and above associated to excellent comfort, stability and lack of any vibration. This VIP of the yachting community spoke of excellent seaworthiness with greater hull support with offset hull sides to increase the lift of the centre of gravity reminding us that every boat built by Camuffo is a "double" boat, built with two wood "double moulds" that ensure the possibility to completely disassemble the boat with just a screwdriver (there are over 600 components), and so on.
And then he finished saying "only thoroughbreds can race". Bred by Camuffo, we might add. We can add nothing else: and just wait for whatever mystery the next thoroughbred produced by Portogruaro will take along.par
TECHNICAL DETAILSYacht designer: Marco Camuffo
Builder: Cantiere Navale Camuffo; Via Zambaldi 33; 30026 Portogruaro (VE); tel. 0421/71419; fax 72890
Fully cleared for offshore navigation
Yearly licence: 4.720.000 lira
Length overall: m 15,20
Registered length: m.15,20
Waterline length: m 13,20
Maximum beam: m 4,55
Draft below propellers: m 1,20
Building height: m 2,35
Empty displacement: kg 22.000;
Full load displacement: kg 25.000
Maximum allowable load: 14 people
Berths: 7 + 2 in 5 cabins
Engines: 2x680 HP MAN D2848LXE EB TD
Total Power: 1.360 HP
Total fiscal power: 150 HP
Total weight with gear box: kg 3.160
Empty displacement/installed power ratio: 16,17
Transmission: shaft/propeller- Maximum speed: 44 knots
Cruising speed: 28 knots
Fuel consumption at cruising speed: about 120 l/h
Operating range at cruising speed: about 460 miles
Fuel tank capacity: 2.000 lt.
Water tank capacity: 800 lt
Price: variable, depending on the engines installed and fittings required
BUILDING SPECIFICATIONHull: V-shaped planing hull with offset ribs
Construction and superstructures: marine ply superlaminate
Deck: solid teakplain; deck hardware: in anodised light alloy and stainless steel
Foredeck: pulpit, anchor with anchor windlass, 4 main cleats with fairleads, and 2 amidships for springs; sundeck, two hatches
Cockpit: aft bench, central locker with a hatch leading to the hold, two roomy side lockers, ladder leading to the flying bridge
Aft deck : teak hatch, multi-function lazarette, shower with water-temperature mixing, swim ladder
Superstructures: marine ply superlaminate , window panes in tempered crystal, light alloy sections
Flying bridge: roll bar, Steering position: complete with all kinematics chain facing settees for six people, teak decking, air-flow deflector.
INTERIORLayout and specifications: saloon with double settee (L-shaped to starboard and straight to port, both convertible, below deck steering position with settee, burr chart table, L-shaped settee and numerous lockers. Galley to port of the ladder leading below to the sleeping area. Guest cabin forward with an upper and lower staggered bunks and wardrobe. To starbord, a second forward guest cabin with 2 vee berths and a roomy wardrobe. Guest heads aft to port, facing a very spacious wardrobe. Owner's stateroom amidships with double berths and private heads. Crew cabin forward with private heads. Cabin doors with louvers that can be opened for free air flow. Woods: mahogany, khaya ivorensis, light coloured burrs, erable.
Upholstery: in leather, or to the owner's choice
ACCESSORIESStandard equipment: anchor windlass, Hi-Fi stereo, Kholer generator, boiler, hydraulic lazarette.
OUR IMPRESSIONSCONDITIONS DURING THE TRIAL
PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONSea quality: a very stable boat, with total lack of vibrations and excellent manoeuvrability
Helm response, trim and flap: prompt and precise
Visibility in different conditions: excellent, especially from the saloon, with a 360° view
Docking manoeuvrability: very good, also thanks to the rational and strong docking equipment and to the ample deck room.
COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY EVALUATIONDeck: uncluttered, excellent equipment, elegant teak decking
Flying bridge: very accessible, very compact and safe steering and manoeuvring area
Interior: the quality of the woodwork and finishing should deserve more attention than we an pay here and now. It is a "Camuffo interior", but with an innovative layout solution we particularly appreciated
Passenger comfort: "Camuffo comfort"
Steering position and comfort: excellent
Navigator's area: one could use the dining table as a chart table, but as for the remarkable electronic instrumentation, chart navigation is almost superfluous
Galley area: very beautiful and functional, beautiful furnishings and components
Heads: ample and well accessible
Accessibility and functionality of the engine compartment: traditionally for this yard, the engine room is among the most functional and carefully designed part of the boat. Very good components
Electrical equipment panel: designed and built by the yard: a guarantee.