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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


Cantieri Navali del Tirreno
CAYMAN 38 WA

Cantieri Navali del Tirreno, Cayman 38 WA

The Cayman 38 WA is a well-balanced and well-built product of the Italian shipyard industry. She is an open yacht that can be used as a fast cruiser or as a fishing boat. She has a beautiful and modern outside line and very comfortable interiors.

We are sure that the Cayman 38 Walk Around competes with other famous yachts of the international arena, above all of the American market, and still she distinguishes herself. Many characteristics make her extremely competitive, such as her extremely modern outside lines representing the futuristic concept of open yachts. The cockpit has two functions: the forward area is designed for comfortable cruising and the aft area serves as fishing platform with relative equipment.

The side decks are nice and comfortable. The forward area is fitted with a small yet very useful settee. Interior comfort is outstanding with two double staterooms, two bathrooms, a small salon, the dinette and the galley. The Cayman 38 WA is fitted with some technological solutions such as the hydraulic opening door of the engine room, the comfortable locker and recessed swimming ladder on the aft platform and the two storing areas in the sides of the cockpit. In addition, she has excellent performing capabilities that exceed the official values and distinguished stability and maneuverability with an average low power and low fuel consumption. The Cayman 38 above-mentioned superb characteristics as well as her excellent quality/price ratio make her an interesting product on the yachting market.

TECHNICAL DATA

Designer: Engineering department of the yard
Yard: C.N.T.; Via della Repubblica; 57023 Cecina (Leghorn, Italy); tel. +39-586-680450
Gross tonnage: calculation pending
Italian VAT: 20%
L.O.A.: 38'
Beam: 14'
Depth: 6'
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 2'
Light displacement: 8.85 tons; full boat displacement: 10.82 tons
Maximum passengers capacity: 12
Berths: 4+2 in 2 separated cabins and convertible dinette in the cockpit
Power: 2x400hp inboard Turbo Diesel Aifo 8361 SRM40
Total installed power: 800hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 1.5 tons
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 11.25
Type of transmission: in-line shaft
Maximum declared speed: 32.5 knots
Cruising speed: 28 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 31 gallons/hr
Range at cruising speed: approx. 320 miles
Fuel capacity: 370 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 106 gallons
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Lit. 398,000,000 (excluded VAT)
Notes: the tested boat is a prototype. The definite version includes a 2-foot larger guest stateroom aft.

CONSTRUCTION CHARACTERISTICS

Hull: deep V - Hull construction material: GRP
Deck materials and characteristics: GRP with corefoam sandwich
Bow area: bow pulpit, sunning area with cushions, hatch, settee, mooring bitts and fairleads, 2 operating stations anchor windlass
Cockpit arrangement and fittings: convertible L-shaped settee that can be either a double bed or a sunning area, aft settees, 5 lockers and two storing areas in the sides, 220V dockside connection, shower with mixer, sea chest for deck washing, hydraulic engine room hatch, 4 fishing rod holders on the sides
Characteristics of aft platform: GRP platform with recessed swimming ladder and multi-purpose locker
Superstructure and windows materials: stainless steel and tempered glass.

INTERIORS

Layout and characteristics: forward master stateroom with double bed and double hanging lockers, private bathroom with shower; guest stateroom has private access with twin beds, hanging locker, private bathroom and shower; small salon with dinette and galley; furnishing is in white oak, lining and upholstery are in synthetic leather and textile on request
Helm station in cockpit: adjustable pilot's seat, wheel steering, engine indicators and instruments, levers, compass, echo-sounder, flap commands, VHF
Chart table: to port of the helm station dashboard or in the cockpit dinette. Galley: to starboard of the small salon, with granite worktop, 31.7-gallon refrigerator, 2 sinks, four-burner range, microwave oven, storeroom, cabinets and drawers.

FITTINGS

Standard fittings: water heater, hi-fi stereo, flaps and hydraulic engine room hatch
Optional fittings: air conditioning plant, Lit. 20,000,000; generating set, Lit. 12,000,000.

IMPRESSIONS

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

PERFORMANCE
Time needed to reach planing speed: 6 seconds
Minimum planing speed at 1,400 rpm's: 13.6 knots
Maximum speed at 2,400 rpm's with 800hp power: 33,2 knots

EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCE

Seakeeping ability, turning and behavior on waves: the Cayman 38 is a very stable and powerful boat. During sea trials, the performing capabilities recorded by the Garmin GPS were greater than those declared by the yard. The boat is very powerful when leaving the plane and very stable even at high speeds.
Wheel and flap response: precise and efficient steering, flaps were not used due to perfect trim of the hull
Visibility in different weather conditions: excellent visibility both from the helm station as well as from the aft part of the cockpit
Docking maneuverability: very good.

EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY

Deck: several arrangements make the boat very comfortable: forward settee, large sunning area, large side decks, cockpit on two levels arranged for fishing in the aft part fitted with fishing equipment
Interiors: with workmanlike finishing and excellent layout; privacy is guaranteed with two staterooms and two bathrooms
Passengers' comfort: excellent during long crossings and as far as life on board is concerned
Helm station: very well located, very comfortable
Chart table: adequate size near the dinette
Galley: good location and very well fitted
Bathrooms: two, roomy and with workmanlike finish
Engine room: this is one of the best areas in the boat. Special importance was given to engine room access since the boat may be used with any weather conditions. Daily opening of the engine room is possible by means of hydraulic lifting of the hatch on the forward part of the cockpit
Electrical switchboard and plants: to port of the companionway, of good quality.

WHAT WE LIKED MOST
performance capabilities during long crossings and interior layout with two staterooms.
WHAT WE LIKED LESS
wood finishing on the outside would have improved overall outside look of the yacht.