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GAGLIOTTA - CAMARO EVENIt is absolutely right for the long-lived Gagliotta shipyard to build boats with the traditional workmanship and sporty aggressiveness typical of Baia-designed boats and yet featuring innovative solutions and swift beauty.
The new Camaro Even is the perfect example of this new production line. This open motor yacht has a very well balanced on-deck and belowdeck layout with top quality fittings and components. The boat offers excellent seakeeping performance and maneuverability and reflects the yard's long-lived experience combined with the modern features requested by boaters who are fond of fast open motor yacht.
The Camaro Even is a real catch as far as maneuverability, seakeeping ability, trim and performance in all sea conditions are concerned. As a matter of fact all Gagliotta boats are highly performing and competitive. At the end of the sea trials, we felt like having lived moments of pure emotion. Notwithstanding her outstanding seakeeping abilities, the Camaro Even offers excellent habitability and elegant interiors. Good use is made of available spaces and fittings are of high quality and extremely innovative (i.e. simple and practical foldaway table in the cockpit dinette).
TECHNICAL DATADesigner: hull-Gagliotta, layout-Stefano Mango
Yard: Cantiere Gagliotta, Via Lucullo 57, 80070 Baia (Naples, Italy) tel. +39-081-8688597, fax +39-081-8688373 - EC B Category type
Italian VAT: 20%
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 1'8"
Gross tonnage: 12 tons
Light displacement: 13, 907 lbs.
Full boat displacement: 16,445 lbs.
Maximum passengers capacity: 10
Berths: 4 + 2 in 3 cabins
Test boat power: 2x300 hp MCM D Tronic Turbo Diesel stern drive
Total installed power: 600 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 2,958 lbs.
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 23.18 lbs./hp
Type of transmission: stern drive
Maximum declared speed at 3,800 rpm's: over 39 knots
Cruising speed at 3,000 rpm's: 32 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 21 gallons/hr
Range at cruising speed: 300 nautical miles
Fuel capacity: 198 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 105 gallons
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Lit. 340,000,000 (ex VAT)
Notes: price with standard power (2x250 hp MCM D Tronic Turbo Diesel stern drive) is Lit. 310,000,000 ex VAT.
CONSTRUCTION CHARACTERISTICSHull: Hunt type
Hull construction material: reinforced fiberglass
Deck materials and characteristics: fiberglass with corefoam/balsa sandwich
Bow area: stem fitting with anchor arrangement and anchor chain, hatch, mooring bitts and fairleads, chain wash-down system, two-operating stations windlass, sunning area with cushions and headrest, grabrails at sunning area level, mooring bitts amidships
Cockpit arrangements and fittings: helm station with pilot and co-pilot seats, U-shaped dinette with foldaway table that stows behind the settee's back, two lockers on the aft transom, access to aft platform, shower with hot/cold water mixer, central locker with access at floor level, engine room access is under the cockpit table, small locker to starboard, access to starboard fore-and-aft deck is by way of a step
Characteristics of the aft platform: foldaway swimming ladder, cushions for converting locker top into aft settee
Superstructures and windows materials: deck fittings are in aluminum, windscreen support is in stainless steel, porthole and windscreen are in Perspex.
INTERIORSLayout and characteristics: forward master stateroom with double bed, guest cabin aft of the dinette with two overlapping beds, central salon with convertible dinette, opposite the dinette there is the open galley, separated bathroom. Details are in birch and alder wood, cotton upholstery type and colors on client request, washable interior paneling and ceiling color and type on request
Helm station in cockpit: power-assisted wheel steering, MCM cable throttle levers, compass, full engine indicators and instruments, VHF
Chart table: to starboard of the helm station
Galley: open galley is to starboard of the companionway, includes several cabinets, cupboards, chest of drawers, worktop, two ceramic hobs, stainless steel sink with cold/hot water mixer, 21-gallon refrigerator, sink top cutting board.
FITTINGSStandard fittings: hi-fi stereo, water heater, rectifier
Optional fittings: suede covering, GPS, echo-sounder and log, generating set, auto-pilot, CD player, air conditioning system, boat equipment protecting cover.
IMPRESSIONSSea and weather conditions during boat testing
EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCESeakeeping ability, turning and behavior on waves: we tested the boat with three persons on board, clean hull and full water and fuel tanks. Notwithstanding the high speed, the boat performed very well: she is very stable, maneuverable and has an excellent trim. Hull is configured to minimize vibrations and rolling.
Wheel and flap response: precise and very smooth
Visibility in different weather conditions: excellent
Docking maneuverability: excellent and safe, the boat does 360° turns on the same spot.
EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITYDeck: excellent and easy access
Interiors: excellent layout and top-quality finishing details
Passengers' comfort: excellent
Chart table: easy access and of adequate size
Helm station: very comfortable and suitably located
Galley: of adequate size and suitably fitted
Bathroom: of adequate proportions
Engine room: easy access and with considerable operating space
Electrical switchboard and plants: complete and practical.