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Fipa Italiana, Maiora 29 DP

The Maiora 29 DP is the latest product of Fipa Yard, designed by Roberto del Re. The design of this 96 footer is based on the previous 82-foot yacht, yet her stability and trim at sea are considerably better. The high levels of performance and aggressive beauty of the latest model produced by Fipa/del Re are the result of the combined study of the subtle relationship between hull, transmission, propelling unit and balance of weights on board. As a matter of fact, it is quite difficult for a boat of this size, with a full boat displacement of 83.6 tons, to appear so slender and so aerodynamic in shape, especially from an aerial view. Equally beautiful and innovative is the interior layout, showing great experience and creativity, care of owner needs and the will of expressing always and anyway new conceptions.

The idea of making the salon essential yet very elegant is extraordinary. Every small item is especially chosen and introduced in order to increase the futuristic and sophisticated creativity of spaces and components that would otherwise be trite (e.g. the ergonomic seat, the bar, the wood paneling of the forward bulkhead, the hi-fi stereo and satellite color TV set, etc.). The 29 DP indeed represents, for the Fipa Yard, a further step of renewal toward a new range of double-deck yachts, starting with the 82 footer and continuing with the 96-foot yacht and over.


Designer: Naval Architect Roberto del Re
Yard: Fipa Italiana Yachts
Italian VAT: 20%
L.O.A.: 96'
Beam: 22'
Depth: 14'3"
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 5'7"
Light displacement: 75.78 tons
Full boat displacement: 83.66 tons
Maximum passengers capacity: 18
Berths: 10+2 in 5 cabins
Power: 2x1,800 hp MTU 16V 2000M90 Turbo Diesel inboard engine
Total installed power: 3,600 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 5.9 tons
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 21.38
Type of transmission: V-drive
Maximum declared speed: 30 knots
Cruising speed: 25 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 145 gallons/hr
Range at cruising speed: 590 miles
Fuel capacity: 3,434 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 660 gallons
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: to be quoted depending on the interior decoration and on the requested fittings.


Hull: planing V
Hull construction material: GRP
Deck materials and characteristics: GRP with corefoam sandwich
Bow area: teak deck, sunning area with cushions and grabrails, anti-slipping material on access decks; forward settee for 3 persons, 2 anchor windlasses with mooring bells, 2 mooring bitts; 2 scuppers; 2 access doors to deckhouse with recessed opening
Cockpit arrangement and fittings: teak deck; aft settee; 2 mooring winches; mooring bitts and scuppers; shower with hot/cold water mixer; table with chairs; ladder to flying bridge; halogen lighting; lockers and holds
Characteristics of the aft platform: hydro-electric swimming ladder; gangway with aft hydro-electric opening; the aft platform is used as closing door for the locker located aft of the engine room; teak deck
Superstructures and windows materials: deck fittings in stainless steel; windows in tempered glass
Description and characteristics of the flying bridge: helm station with pilot settee for 3 persons and co-pilot settee for 2 persons; bar with barbecue, sink and ice-maker; ladder connecting the lower interior helm station; L-shaped dinette for 6/8 persons with table and settee; aft sunning area with cushions; tender storing area with hydro-electric davits; roll bar; ladder connecting lower cockpit.


Layout and characteristics: salon with L-shaped dinette to port; bar is located aft; ergonomic seat for 1 person; chart table, hi-fi stereo and satellite color TV set to starboard. In the forward part of the salon there is the dining room with table and chairs, TV and cabinets for chinaware; forward of the dining room there are the crew galley and dinette. In the corridor separating the dining room from the galley there is the staircase to the upper helm station and the staircase to the lower staterooms. Forward of the galley is the ladder to the crew quarters. The master stateroom is amidships. Forward there are the two twin-bed guest staterooms with a third recessed bed and the VIP stateroom. All staterooms have private bathroom.
Crew quarters: 2 cabins and full bathrooms.
Lower helm station: upper deck; ergonomic pilot's seat, chart table to starboard, technical area to port, dinette aft of the technical area. Power-assisted hydraulic wheel steering, electronic controls of engines and reduction gears. The helm station is fully fitted with instruments and all engines and reduction gears indicators have alarms. The following instruments are fitted: hi-speed compass, Furuno 48-mile radar, Nautiradar auto-pilot, Nautiradar AT300 video-plotter, Furuno Navichart echo-sounder, SSB Sailor RE 2100/2400 radio, GPS interfaced with Navichart Data-line videoplotter, VHF full duplex RT 2047, Furuno meteofax
Chart table: to starboard of the interior helm station with fax, computer, chart storing area and lights
Galley: full galley with cabinets, all household appliances including dish-washer, washing machine and Miele microwave oven, ceramic hobs, 79-gallon Frigit refrigerator and 37-gallon Lieber freezer.
Standard fittings: in addition to the above-mentioned equipment, the following items are fitted as standard: all staterooms and living areas have an air conditioner (Condaria, 130000 BTU), Marinco water desalination plant (1,268 gallons/day), 30kW Onan generators, BCS 45hp bow-thruster.


Wind: none
Sea: calm

Time needed to reach planing speed: 12 seconds
Minimum planing speed at 1,600 rpm's: 18 knots
Maximum speed at 2,300 rpm's with 3,600 hp power: 29 knots


Seakeeping ability, turning and behavior on waves: the Maiora 29 DP stability and trim are better than those of the Maiora 25 DP. The hull design, transmission and propelling unit together with a better distribution of weights depending on the layout and on the owner's request, make the Maiora 29 DP a yacht with perfect trim and excellent stability especially at high speed
Wheel response: precise and efficient, especially in consideration of the yacht's size
Visibility in different weather conditions: excellent
Docking maneuverability: excellent.


Deck: very well fitted and with wide walking spaces
Flying bridge: very comfortable with a very large sunning area and an elegant dinette
Interiors: very elegant and very refined. The salon has a special look and the staterooms are especially comfortable. All areas connecting the staterooms and living rooms such as corridors, staircases, etc. are extremely spacious.
Passengers' comfort: excellent
Helm stations: the double deck offers an excellent interior helm station and a complete helm station on the flying bridge with dashboard, controls and comfortable seats
Chart table: of adequate size and fitted with excellent instruments
Galley: large and very well fitted
Bathrooms: all bathrooms include shower stall. The master stateroom bathroom has a Jacuzzi whirlpool and separated shower stall
Engine room: near the engine room there is a garage that serves as the storage area for a personal watercraft and other equipment; access through the opening of the aft platform is excellent; inside the engine room, ample free space allows easy movements and a fully equipped work table is fitted
Electrical switchboard and plants: the electrical switchboard is fitted in the helm station on the upper deck and it includes all commands.