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MOCHI CRAFT 22.50 AXISThe 22.50 Axis is the third and ultimate seal on the recent production signed by Mochi Craft with the joint collaboration of Nuvolari & Leonard. The overwhelming ascent of Mochi Craft occurred thanks to three very successful boats, which are similar to one another as for performance and elegance when at sea, yet different and almost perfect from the point of view of the comfort on board, both on deck as well as belowdecks. The most recent creation is called 22.50 Axis.
We tested it on one of the most beautiful days that the Emerald Coast (Sardinia-Italy) has to offer. After the sea trials I convinced myself that knowing how to design and build a boat does not happen by chance. One of the first and most important features of this thoroughbred is its perfect trim when running. Its trim is excellent, elegant, low and spinning notwithstanding the boat's displacement of 50 or more tons. Outside space is interconnected according to logical movements and style.
The aft deck has twin ladders that connect the helm station to the cockpit. The elegant and practical access doors in the cockpit and on the sides as well as the flying bridge are masterpieces of space ergonomics and good taste. Rational and well designed solutions apply to the bow area, to the two weathertight doors that connect the salon with the sidedecks, access to the engine room, the aft locker, access to the crew dinette and the service area, etc. Interiors feature very sober and refined finishing. The idea of three staterooms and a service area is a very good solution. The heads are beautiful. The crew quarters are very roomy. The salon is on two levels: near the entrance there are the settees, further inside we find the dinette and the galley which is on the same level as the helm station. Third seal of approval on the successful Mochi 22.50 Axis for a yard that renovated itself and that guessed the product and its potential clients.
TECHNICAL DATADesigner: design Nuvolari & Lenard; technical project: Mochi Craft Technical Staff
Yard: Mochi Craft SpA; via Filippini, 13; 61031 Bellocchi di Fano (PS); tel. (39)(721)801497; fax (39)(721)801510
Italian VAT: 20%
Hull length: 77'5"
L.O.A.: 77'5" ft
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 5'9"
Light displacement: 110,375 lbs.; Full load displacement: 128,035 lbs.
Maximum passengers capacity: 16
Berths: 6+2 crew in 4 separated cabins
Power: 2x1,350 hp Caterpillar 3412C EB TD
Total installed power: 2,700 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 10,155 lbs.
Light boat displacement/installed power ratio: 18,52
Type of transmission: in-line shaft
Maximum declared speed: 29 knots at 2,300 rpm
Cruising speed: 26 knots at 2,100 rpm
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: approx. 111 gallons/hr
Range at cruising speed: approx. 465 miles
Fuel capacity: 1982 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 396 gallons
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Lit. 3,900,000,000 ex VAT
Obs.: a different accomodation plan is possible with four cabins instead of three (an extra cabin instead of the service cabin).
CONSTRUCTION CHARACTERISTICSHull: Deep V monohedric
Hull construction material: fiberglass composite sandwich
Deck materials and characteristics: fiberglass composite sandwich
Bow area: teak deck, stem fitting with anchor, chain, 2000-Watt anchor windlass with three remote controls, 2 bollards and 2 fairleads, 2 extra bollards amidships, fuel and fresh water intake caps, VIP stateroom escape hatch, pulpit, 1 fire-fighting hose, sidedeck lighting, cushioned sunbathing area, side lockers, forward moneuvering intercom, forward locker
Cockpit arrangement and fittings: teak deck, stern locker access hatch, cockpit locker, grabrails on ladder to flying bridge, ladder to flying bridge, 2 bollards and 2 fairleads, 2 access doors to aft platform, 2 1000-W mooring winches with foot- operated control, teak ladder to flying bridge and teak stairs to aft swimming platform, dockside electric connection, gangway control panel, retractable electro-hydraulic gangway, maneuvering intercom, cockpit settees, table for three
Characteristics of aft platform: retractable electro- hydraulic swimming ladder, cold and hot water aft shower
Superstructures and windows materials: outer fittings in stainless steel, windows in tempered glass
Description and characteristics of the flying bridge: twin access with ladder from the cockpit and inside ladder from the salon, windshield, helm station with controls, compass, wheel and engine controls, controls of bow thruster, flaps, winch and rudder angle indicator, 1 pilot's seat and two co-pilot's seats, table with locker/settee, cabinet and sink, bar and glass rack, roll bar, 2 watertight hi-fi stereo loudspeakers, sun deck, tender davits, 11'9" tender with 25 hp outboard engine.
INTERIORSLayout and characteristics: salon with three-panel stainless steel safety glass access door to the cockpit, ladder to flying bridge, spacious settee, low table, cabinet with TV and entertainment units, Hi-Fi stereo with CD-player, dinette with table, 3 chairs and settee, galley to port and forward of the ladder to the flying bridge, forward helm station, 2 weathertight doors to sidedecks, three double staterooms: central master double stateroom with walk-in closet and head, guest stateroom with two opposite berths and head, foreward VIP stateroom with head, service cabin with washer/drier and other appliances, crew cabin aft with access from the cockpit with two overlapping berths, dinette and head. Custom wood paneling and wall coverings
Main helm station: 2 seats, helm wheel, electrical remote controls, bow thruster control, main electrical panel, instruments and complete engine indicators, flaps controls, chain washdown pump switch, rudder angle indicator, intercom in all staterooms, 4-station maneuvering intercom (flying bridge, bow, cockpit and helm station), magnetic compass, VHF, auto-pilot with joystick in the center of the dashboard, Autohelm echosounder and mile- counter, Plotter and GPS, 48-mile radar
Chart table: at helm station
Galley: on one side of the salon, with two sinks, ceramic hobs, microwave/grill oven, 75-gallon refrigerator, dishwasher, trash-grinder, shelving, extractor fan, weathertight door to sidedeck.
FITTINGSStandard fittings: aft locker with worktop, storeroom, freezer and direct access to crew dinette, 70,000-BTU air conditioning plant, 4 electric fans in engine room, fire-fighting electric pump in engine room, 2 16-kW generators, flaps, 32-gallon boiler, 2 8-passenger liferafts and 16 lifevests, weather station, bow thruster.
IMPRESSIONSSEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
EVALUATION PERFORMANCESeakeeping ability, turning and behavior on waves: Mochi 22.50 Axis characteristics at sea are really striking. The boat is stable, fast, with an elegant and efficient trim. The boat is very maneuverable, the rudder responds very well and the boat's return to the original trim after the impact with the wave is excellent
Wheel and flap response: precise and efficient
Visibility in different weather conditions: excellent both from the flying bridge as well as from the lower helm station
Docking maneuverability: excellent. The boat is fitted with the necessary equipment and during docking it is very easy to move around.
EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITYDeck: easy to go through and with excellent solutions (bow lockers, two salon-access doors etc.)
Flying bridge: we liked this area the most. It is beautiful, elegant, practical
Interiors: workmanlike finishing. Spacious staterooms both for guests and for crew
Passengers' comfort: excellent
Helm stations: very good location and very comfortable
Chart table: excellent
Galley: very elegant and fully equipped. Maybe more space should have been given
Heads: beautiful and fully equipped
Engine room: easy access from stern and from sidedeck; excellent inside operation
Electrical panel and plants: complete and very well fitted.