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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


FIPA ITALIANA - MAIORA 25

Fipa Italiana, Maiora 25

In the past years the Viareggio (Italy) based yard Fipa had constantly developed its range of 20 to 30 meters prestigious yachts, thanks to both employees and management philosophy. All this is reflected to the new Maiora 25, a yacht mixing technology, innovation, luxury, performances and top class habitability: a real yacht design state of the art.

With a remarkable know-how, Fipa designs and build superiors motor yachts, always within specifications and delivery time, according to client's requirements (satisfying them and encouraging them as well), with an unique style throughout every boat's centimeter. On deck, for example, the fitted accessories number is amazing, and every detail is outstanding regardless it is on the flying-bridge, deck or cockpit, achieving almost perfection. The Maiora 25 flying-bridge features an elegant design (probably the boat's "particular sign"), high quality fittings and a technical, logical and elegant steering station.

The fore deck is beautiful with a fully hidden Jacuzzi pool underneath the large sun-lounge. The main saloon has the living area and the dinning area smartly divided and elegantly connected to the navigation bridge, where an impressive main electrical board and a "C" shaped dinette are fitted. The completely enclosed galley feature a door to the saloon and a door to the outside port walkway. The underdeck lay out includes: owner's cabin, two guests' cabins and a VIP cabin.

According to Fipa philosophy all fittings and joiner works are to highest standards. Performance, then, are outstanding and emphasized by the boat's elegance when under way. The Maiora 25 has an extremely complete standard equipment; the boat's construction length, kept under 24 meters, is remarkable for the European market. The prospective owner will find on this Maiora 25 features and facilities over and above the expectations, as expected on boats of this class. This is an excellent product where no particular has been overlooked and left to the last moment solution, which will surely add luster and credibility to the Italian yacht industries.

TECHNICAL DATA

Builder: Fipa Italiana Yachts; via Sarzanese Massarora (LU) Italy; tel. +39 584/93353 - 976070 - 976080; fax 93118
Project by: in-house designer
LOA: 25.50 mt
Register length: 24.00 mt
Max. beam: 6.00 mt
Molded depth: 6.40 mt
Max. draft: 1.80 mt
Light displacement: 58000 kg
Full load displacement: 66000 kg
Max. passengers capacity: 16 persons
Engines: 2x1450 D.D. 16V92 TA
Total installed power: 2900 hp
Transmission: direct shaft line
Engines weight: 5052 (reduction gear included)
Light displacement to installed horsepower ratio: 20
Top speed (declared): 28 knots
Cruise speed: 25 knots
Fuel capacity: 8000 liters
Fresh water capacity: 2000 liters
Cruise speed range: 400 miles aprox. (cruise speed fuel consumption: 500 l/h aprox.)
Tested boat price: price to be defined according to owner's requirements

Average miles range, at a given rpm, is obtained dividing the total fuel capacity (8000 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: deep V
Construction material: fiber reinforced glass
Deck and particulars material: fiberglass, stainless steel fittings
Fore deck: working area with 3500 watts windlass and 105 kg anchor; Jacuzzi pool, available with both salt and fresh water, underneath the sun-lounge
Cockpit particulars: fitted with 8 to 10 people dinning table and settees; underdeck laundry and store;
Swimming platform particulars: hull integrated with teak planking and hydraulic ladder
Superstructure material: fiberglass sandwich construction, with additional cold/hot insulation to improve both flexibility and strength
Flying-bridge particulars: steering station fitted with all the necessary instruments for an automatic computer aided navigation; sun-lounge and dinette; wet bar and refrigerator; tender and jet-sky area with hydraulic crane

INTERIORS

Lay-out and main features: owner's cabin with bathroom and TV - radio system; day bathroom; two guests' cabins with two plus one beds and bathroom with shower each; one VIP's cabin with bathroom and shower; crew quarters with two cabins and bathroom with shower; dinette to the opposite dashboard's side; spacious main saloon divided into dinning and living areas, 8 to 10 people dinning table with cupboard unit, sofa with table, TV - stereo system.
Steering station: full set of electronics navigational instruments, pilot chair, fully equipped dashboard, main electrical control board
Galley: fitted with all the electro-domestic appliances, including microwave oven and retractable crew dinning table

ACCESSORIES

Standard equipment: the boat is fitted with every kind of accessories, including air conditioning, tender, jet sky and gentile sets

TRIAL RESULTS

SEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS AT TRIAL TIME
wind: force 3
sea state: force 3

OBSERVED PERFORMANCES
Top speed: 28 / 29 knots @ 2300 rpm (2900 hp total power output)

PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

Seakeeping: more than the outstanding seakeeping capabilities, the hull "lightness" and maneuverability, performances and planning characteristics are remarkable. The boat is easily pushed out of the water by the propellers thrust achieving high speeds
Rudder and trim tabs response: the is constantly and electronically monitored; such on board facilities ensure a perfect response
Visibility: excellent
Docking capabilities: excellent, always easy and safe regardless the boat's dimensions

COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALLY EVALUATION

Construction material and detailing:
Lockers number and place:
Deck: safe to walk; beautiful both fittings and the Jacuzzi underneath the sun-lounge
Flying-bridge: one of the most beautiful areas on board the Maiora 25, completely equipped and spacious; excellent fittings
Interiors: excellent joiner work and elegant design; privacy and habitability are always ensured
Passengers comfort: Fipa and Maiora trademarks are the guarantee for a top class passengers comfort
Steering comfort: the flying-bridge steering position is excellent; in our opinion the navigation bridge dashboard could have been larger
Chart table: plenty of space for charts, together with the complete electronics set, ensure always a safe navigation
Galley: very nice and practical
Bathrooms: always to the top, in this Maiora as well
Engine room space: excellent
Electrical plant: really complete and well placed

WHAT WE LIKED MOST
Space and fitting on deck, interiors detailing and finishing, the "power feeling" when under way
WHAT WE LIKED LESS
Some interior colors are probably too tedious and the inside dashboard dimensions