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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


DELLA PASQUA DC 10S

Della Pasqua DC 10 S

Della Pasqua yard is now renewing its production range and the deeply redesigned boats are characterized by the "S" monogram. For G. Carlo and Mirco Della Pasqua, the target was to give new emotions and opportunities to yachtsmen. Testing the new DC 10 S and noticing its features together with the price/quality ratio, the impression is that the goal has been surely achieved. It has always been in the yard's philosophy to design and build fast and reliable boats with comfortable lay-outs and an interesting price, if compared to the product's quality. In fact the tested DC 10 S confirm this theory and features even more accurate details and elegant interiors without disregarding rational solutions.

Privacy and comfort are ensured by two cabins, each with a private bathroom. The saloon, with a spacious dinette and bar, is comfortably rich with a fully hidden kitchen on the starboard side; the steering area includes an excellent chart table. Outside the DC 10 S features a roomy flying-bridge with a comfortable steering position and reliable fittings. The teak lined cockpit is very spacious and a comfortable sun-lounge is located on the fore deck. Seakeepness is ensured by the Hunt hull, first used on Della Pasqua boats 37 years ago. Thanks to a so widely tested hull the new DC 10 S achieve excellent performances (with no more than 660 installed HP) and ensure a stable and soft ride.

The result is a very well balanced boat extremely spacious and performing: by introducing the new DC 10 S the Della Pasqua yard will definitely satisfy all its uncounted fans.

TECHNICAL DATA

Builder: Dellapasqua yard, via del Marchesato 11, Marina di Ravenna (RA) Italy, tel +39-544-530243
Project by: G. Carlo and Mirco Dellapasqua
LOA: 11.20 mt
Register length: 10.86 mt
Max. beam: 3.60 mt
Molded depth: 2.30 mt
Max. draft: 0.40 mt
Light displacement: 6500 kg
Full load displacement: 8000 kg
Max. passengers capacity: 12 persons
Engines: 2x330 hp Fiat Aifo 8061 SRM 33
Total installed power: 660 hp
Transmission: shaft line
Engines weight (reduction gear included): 1150 kg
Light displacement to installed horsepower ratio: 9.85
Top speed (declared): 38 knots
Cruise speed: 28 knots
Fuel capacity: 800 liters
Fresh water capacity: 300 liters
Berths: 6 in 3 cabins
Range: 350 miles (cruise speed fuel consumption: 65 l/h)
Tested boat price: 315.000.000 Lit (VAT not included)

Average miles range, at a given rpm, is obtained dividing the total fuel capacity (800 liters) for the "liters/mile" corresponding to the entered rpm. Plotted fuel consumption is declared by the engines' manufacturer: tuning of the engines, weight of persons, stores, etc... on board, hull conditions and propeller type can effect the real fuel consumption.

CONSTRUCTION PARTICULARS

Hull type: updated Hunt.
Construction material: fiberglass.
Deck and particulars material: fiberglass - balsa core sandwich construction.
Fore deck: bow beak, handrail, windlass, anchor and chain, fenders holder, sun-lounge cushions, hatch, cleats and fairleads.
Cockpit particulars: perimeter settee with storage underneath, teak lined deck, davits, shower, cleats and fairleads, flying-bridge access ladder.
Swimming platform particulars: fiberglass built, teak lined, ladder, inflatable storage compartment.
Superstructure windows material: toughened glass .
Flying-bridge particulars: radar arch, handrail, Plexiglas windshield, second steering station, compass, pilot and co-pilot seats with lockers underneath, sun-lounge.

INTERIORS

Lay-out and main features: bow owner's cabin with double bed, two wardrobe, en-suite bathroom with fabric ceiling and marble top, guest cabin with twin beds and wardrobe, separate guest's bathroom, fully hidden galley, steering station, pilot and co-pilot seats, chart table, custom upholsters, fitted carpets, bright cabinet work.
Steering station: hydraulic steering (wheel type), compass, depth sounder, complete engine instruments and gauges set, LOG, hours-counter.
Chart table: to the port side including a 3 persons settee and the chart holder.
Galley: to the starboard side, with two sinks, working top, 3 burners stove, 75 liters refrigerator, lockers.

ACCESSORIES

Standard equipment: battery switch (parallel option available), boiler, flying-bridge search-light, flying-bridge tarpaulin, 3 batteries, bronze rudders.

TRIAL RESULTS

SEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS AT TRIAL TIME
wind: S-SW 10/10 knots
sea state: moderate

OBSERVED PERFORMANCES
Planning time: 5 seconds at 1200 rpm
Minimum planning speed: 12 knots at 1200 rpm
Top speed: 38 knots at 2700 rpm (660 hp total power output)

PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

Seakeeping: good maneuverability even with moderate swell. The boat has always returned to the proper trim after wave impact. Good habitability and noise level, some cockpit vibrations. Outstanding planning performances
Rudder and trim tabs response: precise and accurate
Visibility: excellent from the flying-bridge, acceptable from the inside steering station
Docking capabilities: excellent

COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALLY EVALUATION

Lockers number and place:
Deck: easy and safe to walk, completely equipped
Flying-bridge: plenty of space both for driver and passengers and well equipped
Interiors: excellent comfort with two cabins and two bathroom, the saloon is very spacious and well dimensioned with quality fittings and joiner-work
Passengers comfort: excellent under way as well, privacy is always ensured
Steering comfort: always comfortable, with quality instruments (we would appreciate additional navigation instruments)
Chart table: excellent, comfortable and practical
Galley: nice "fully hidden" concept, and with quality equipment
Bathrooms: among the boat's best features, with quality equipment
Engine room space: very good
Electrical plant: well placed, with excellent solutions

WHAT WE LIKED MOST
the excellent price/quality ratio and the outstanding hull's performances
WHAT WE LIKED LESS
we would appreciate a more complete standard electronics set (GPS for instance); we have noticed some cockpit vibrations underway