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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


FAZIOLI NAUTICA ALFAMARINE 60

Fazioli Nautica, Alfamarine 60

The new Alfamarine 60 built by the Fazioli Yard is an open yacht that includes in a perfect, complete and essential way, all the winning characteristics that this type of boat offers a sporty and demanding clientele. These winning characteristics, are the indispensable condition to have access to a pleasure yachting market where facts are more important than words. Her main features are excellent performance, very good stability, comfortable cockpit and first-class interior finishing.

Comfort and privacy make us forget that actually we are on an open-deck boat. Alfamarine 60's striking characteristics are confirmed by the following data: 49-knot speed as indicated by the GPS with 2,300hp MTU engines and Arneson drive, cockpit with very wide dinette, large sunning area and garage with hydro-electric hinged transom for the tender. In addition, she is fitted with hydro-electric gangway, recessed hydro-electric swimming ladder in the aft platform, double access steps to the cockpit, three staterooms, three bathrooms, main salon with galley and dinette. In order to complete the above-mentioned, summarized notes and to address the reader to observe the images that perfectly describe the yacht, we would like to point out to the fact that performance, stability and balance are what most impressed and astonished us. Is she an open boat that meets the demands of the clientele? Alfamarine 60 does not "meet" the demand, she "is" the answer.

TECHNICAL DATA

Designer: Superstructures, Pino Spagnolo Design; Hull and engineering: Ufficio Tecnico Cantiere Alfamarine
Yard: Fazioli Nautica; Via della Scafa 135 00054 Fiumicino (Rome, Italy); tel. +39-6-6580355 or 6583838; fax +39-6-6523466
Italian VAT: 20%
LOA: 59'
Beam: 15'- Depth: 7'6"
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 5'3"
Light displacement: 23.62 tons
Full boat displacement: 28.54 tons
Maximum passengers capacity: 16
Berths: 6 in 3 separated cabins
Test boat power: 2x 1.150hp 12 V MTU 183 TE93 TD engines
Total installed power: 2.300hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 3.45 tons
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 10.43
Type of transmission: Arneson Drive with surface piercing propellers
Maximum declared speed: 48 knots
Cruising speed: 40 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: approx. 71 gallons/hr
Range at cruising speed: approx. 565 miles
Fuel capacity: 1004 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 264 gallons
Price with standard equipment and standard power: 2x1.050 hp Man with in-line shaft: Lit. 1.690.000.000 ex VAT
Notes: 3x1.200 hp Man engines may be requested for a maximum speed of 60 knots.

CONSTRUCTION CHARACTERISTICS

Hull: Deep V with 23° aft deadrise
Hull construction material: reinforced GRP
Deck materials and characteristics: reinforced GRP
Bow area: anchor windlass with anchor, anchor chain and two lockers, two mooring bitts with fairleads, hatch, grabrails on deck, sunning area with cushions, two cleats amidships
Cockpit arrangements and fittings: helm station with pilot's and co-pilot's settees for 2+2 passengers, U-shaped settee with table, aft sunning area and aft transom garage with hydro- electric opening, 2 access ladders to the aft platform, 2 mooring cleats with mooring winches, shower and dockside electric connection, hydro-electric operated gangway. Aft platform is fitted with a hydro-electric swimming ladder and lockers.
Superstructures and windows materials: fiberglass and Plexiglas.

INTERIORS

Layout and characteristics: the electrical switchboard is fitted above the companionway. The three double cabins are each fitted with a bathroom. The master stateroom is forward with double bed and the guests' staterooms are aft of the salon with twin beds. To port of the salon is the galley and to starboard is the dinette with table. Custom paneling and upholstery
Helm station in the cockpit includes the hydraulic power steering, remote controls, engine instruments and indicators, compass, radar, plotter, GPS, echo-sounder, auto-pilot, VHF
Chart table: the chart table is to starboard of the helm station dashboard, it is fitted with a settee and chart storing area
Galley: the recessed galley is on a side of the salon. It includes lockers and cabinets, worktops, four ceramic hobs, oven, refrigerator, freezer and double sink.
Standard fittings: in addition to the above-mentioned fittings, standard fittings include air conditioning plant, 12 kW generator, Hi-fi stereo, 2 color TV sets.

IMPRESSIONS

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

PERFORMANCE
Time needed to reach planing speed: 3-4 seconds
Minimum planing speed at 1,400 rpm's: 20 knots
Maximum speed at 2,400 rpm's with 2,300 hp power: 49 knots

EVALUATION OF PERFOMANCE

Seakeeping ability, turning and behavior on waves: the Alfamarine 60 is a beautiful open yacht, she perfectly responds to all commands and has excellent trim and stability. Speed performance is excellent due to her hull design and to the Arneson drive
Wheel and flap response: very precise and soft
Visibility in different weather conditions: excellent
Docking maneuverability: easy and safe.

EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY

Deck: essential and functional
Interiors: very comfortable interior arrangement with three staterooms, three bathrooms and a very nice galley
Passengers' comfort: excellent
Helm station: very rationally located and of perfect size
Galley: very nice and well fitted
Bathrooms: three very functional bathrooms with shower
Engine room: easy access and good working space
Electrical switchboard and plants: the electrical panel is located under the companionway, an original yet functional position.