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Nautica Magazine 413, September 1996
CATARSI - CALAFURIA 7
Vincenzo Catarsi presents the new Calafuria 7, a boat capable of satisfying the most demanding yachtsmen. The boat includes all the qualities that made the Calafuria range famous all over the world. Even though small corrections were made by means of vanguard design techniques, the new "7" maintains the special hull design common to and typical of the Calafuria range. The waterlines were designed to obtain the best compromise between water tightness and speed, comfort and safety. The boat is very stable, even with stern waves. She is quite fast even if without a V-hull.
The stability of the boat is excellent, both at high speeds as well as at anchor: even abrupt load variations do not trigger dangerous heeling. Special attention was given to adequate interior arrangement and decoration. As a matter of fact, interior space is ample. Forward there is the classical V-berth with separated toilet. Amidships, there is the dinette with a fully equipped galley and on starboard side there is the helm station. The Calafuria 7 is a boat that doubtlessly attracts deep-sea fishermen, not so much for her performance, as for her strong built and versatility of her deck arrangements. The ample cockpit is fitted with several lockers, a bait well, etc., and it is indeed adequate for any type of fishing.
The tested boat, in addition to the double engine throttle levers fitted aft that are very useful for fishermen, the famous "Spingo", the stern drive leg with pneumatic oil transmission and own power was also fitted. Spingo is ideal for trolling and may be also used as an auxiliary propelling unit.
TECHNICAL DATAYard: Catarsi Shipping System; via dell'Artigianato 17; 57010 S. Pietro in Palazzi, Cecina (Leghorn, Italy); tel. +39-586-660165
Designer: Vincenzo Catarsi
Half load displacement: 7505 lbs.
Maximum passengers capacity: 8
Power: 1x200 hp diesel inboard engine
Total installed power: 200 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 1,148 lbs.
Maximum declared speed: 26 knots
Fuel capacity: 95 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 26 gallons
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Lit. 109,800,000 ex VAT.
IMPRESSIONSSEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
Wind: force 2/3
EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITYConstruction material: hull and deck in hand stratified GRP, with transverses and longitudinal frames. Marine plywood and/or corefoam frames are fitted in stressed areas. Deck is provided with anti-skidding material. Bulkheads and flooring are in marine plywood. Windows are in tempered glass with light alloy frames. Deck fittings and portholes are in light anodized alloy. Bolts are in AISI 316 stainless steel. Electrical cables are of approved type for engine and machinery, of marine type for lighting and other services. Rigid piping is in copper and/or steel; flexible piping are approved by RINA. Sea chests and overboard discharges are in stainless steel. Tail shaft is in stainless steel, tail shaft bearing is in bronze with hydro-lubricating bushing. Propeller and rudder are in manganese bronze. Upholstery and lining are in vinyl, marine plywood, solid wood and textile
Helm station: steering wheel is to starboard and is fitted with a comfortable settee. Standard equipment includes all engine control instruments and the magnetic compass. Any electronic instrument may be fitted on request.
Interiors: forward berth with table fitted with telescopic leg convertible in double V-berth, bathroom is to starboard with marine-type toilet and sink with extending shower. The galley is to port. It is fitted with one sink, two burners and an 11-gallon refrigerator.
Deck: easy access to the bow area by means of adequate side decks. The electrical windlass with relative anchor and anchor chain is an optional fitting. The cockpit includes the engine cover, an ample aft locker, several recessed open object holders and three small lockers with fiberglass covers, one of which includes the gas bottle. The aft platform may be fitted with an optional Spingo stern drive leg and swimming ladder.