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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


MONDOMARINE MONDO 84

The Mondo 84 is an accurate ensemble of technology and design where style and elegance are emphasized by the excellent craftsmanship. The yacht, built by Mondomarine on Aldo Cichero design, has many, if not all, the features one should expect from top class yachts. The internal lay-out include: four cabins with en-suite bathroom, crew quater, a spacious galley, a main saloon with separated dinning area, and the navigation bridge.

Habitability and excellent joiner work are common characteristic of all the internal spaces, where exotic woods have been widely used. The Mondo 84 main features are: large side walks, a spacious cockpit, a huge flying-bridge with double access and a spacious fore deck, ensuring safety and comfort in all conditions. On this yacht technology means safety and rationality as well. The double access to the engine room, the flying-bridge hydraulic cranes, the stern and bow mooring winches, the twin hydraulic actuated transom hatches offering a large swim-platform, are just some examples. In fact the Mondo 84 feature an incredible list of standard equipment such as: bow-thrust, air conditioning, water-maker, two gen. sets and a useful integrated alarm and monitoring system ensuring safety on board. In conclusion the Mondo 84 is a high quality product which perfectly represent the Italian maxi-yacht industry.

TECHNICAL DATA

Builder: Mondomarine, Via Garibaldi, 192; 12060 Gallo D'Alba (CN); tel.: +39-173-232111, fax: +39-173-232400; toll free number: 167-012692; Marine department: Via Cibrario; 16154 Genova; tel: +39-10-6506600, fax: +39-10-6512651
Project by: Aldo Cichero
LOA: 26.00 mt
Register length: 24.00 mt
Max. beam: 6.10 mt
GRT: 63 tons
Molded depth: 6.50 mt
Max. draft: 1.80 mt
Light displacement: 65000 kg
Full load displacement: 85000 kg
Max. passengers capacity: 16 persons
Engines: 2x1250 hp Caterpillar 3412 DITA
Total installed power: 2500 hp
Transmission: U-drive shaft line
Engines weight (reduction gear included): 4600 kg
Light displacement to installed horsepower ratio: 26
Top speed (declared): 27 knots
Cruise speed: 23 knots
Fuel capacity: 4000 liters
Fresh water capacity: 2500 liters
Berths: 8+2+3 in 6 cabins
Range: 300 nautical miles (cruise speed fuel consumption: 304 l/h)
Tested boat price: 3.000.000 USD (VAT not included)

Average miles range, at a given rpm, is obtained dividing the total fuel capacity (4000 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: V bottom planning hull.
Construction material: fiberglass.
Deck and particulars material: fiberglass with Termanto sandwich construction, stainless steel fittings.
Fore deck: 2 windlasses, 4 cleats with fairleads, 2 mooring winches, sun-bathing area with drinks holder and shower.
Cockpit particulars: teak planking, four-persons settee, L shaped dinette with table, 2 mooring winches, 4 cleats with fairleads, access staircase to the flying-bridge, 2 cleats amidship, teak lined side walkways with wash-board and handrail.
Swimming platform particulars: hydraulic gangway, 2 hydraulic driven compass hatches, fully hidden hydraulic swim- platform with teak deck, lazzarette with watertight door, shower, fully hidden cleats for tender docking, stainless steel hand-rails.
Superstructure particulars: flying-bridge with radar arch, toughened glass windows.
Flying-bridge particulars: six persons movable sun-bathing area, wet bar with refrigerator and sink, second steering position with six persons settee, dinette with table, storage space, 1000 kg tender crane, inflatable tender with GRP bottom and 40 hp outboard engine, radar arch with hydraulic sun canopy.

INTERIORS

Lay-out and main features: owner cabin with lay-out on request and the choice of one or two bathrooms, VIP cabin with double bed and en-suite bathrooms (divided on two separated zones) two guest cabins< with en-suite bathrooms and three beds each, galley, crew quater with crew mess and two cabins with separated bathrooms, dinning area, main saloon with double dinette, wet bar, fully hidden entertainment center, Madrona briar and pear wood furniture with polyester bright finishing and leather upholstery
Steering station: the navigation bridge is placed above the main saloon, with electronic monitoring panels, CCD Cat, compass, GPS, auto-pilot, 98 miles radar, plotter, wind station, depth-sounder, 2 VHF, SSB, intercom system, alarms station, navigation lights with double circuit, potholes, watertight doors and bilge alarms, smoke detectors in all cabins, professional 25 kW bow - thrust.
Galley: separated from the main saloon with cooking top, sinks, hanging lockers, furniture, aspirator, oven, 4 refrigerators for a total of 3000 liters, granite working top, sewage compacting treating equipment. The crew service area is placed next to the galley and include: two 1500 liters freezers, washing machine with dryer, TV set, stereo system, L shaped sofa with marble top table, fully hidden ironing-board, watertight door to the starboard side walkway.
Chart table: placed to the dashboard's side with settee, chart-holder, drawers, light and meteo station.

ACCESSORIES

Standard equipment: two gen. sets, air conditioning in all cabins, complete second steering station in the flying-bridge, water-maker, air-compressor, two boilers, saloon fully hidden entertainment center with TV, VCR and stereo system, TV and VCR in the owner, VIP and master cabins, stereo system in all cabins.

TRIAL RESULTS

SEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS AT TRIAL TIME
wind: force 4
sea state: force 3

OBSERVED PERFORMANCES
Planning time: 12 seconds
Minimum planning speed: 16 knots at 1600 rpm
Top speed: 26.5 knots at 2310 rpm (2500 hp)

PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

Seakeeping: the yacht has performed a stable and smooth navigation with bow sea and wind. Wave impact occurs with no vibrations which, together with the excellent maneuverability, ensure comfort on board.
Rudder and trim tabs response: very precise and effective.
Visibility: excellent
Docking capabilities: thanks to the professional mooring equipment on board (bow thrust and mooring winches) the Mondo 84 is always safe to maneuver.

COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALLY EVALUATION

Construction material and detailing:
Lockers number and place:
Deck: spacious and safe to walk with a large sun bathing area on the fore deck; excellent mooring equipment and very practical access door to the crew service area.
Flying-bridge: one of the most spacious area of the Mondo 84, equipped with practical and useful accessories.
Interiors: particular care has been put on joiner work and subdivision. the staircases and passage areas are very practical and elegant.
Passengers comfort: excellent both from the comfort and privacy point of views. The standard safety equipment is really complete.
Steering comfort: excellent with perfect visibility both from the flying-bridge and the internal steering station.
Chart table: spacious and practical.
Galley: the lay-out concept (with separated zones for refrigerators and accessories) is very interesting and comfortable. The large windows provides light and ventilation.
Bathrooms: the yacht feature a bathroom for each cabin, and a day-bathroom is available in the main saloon.
Engine room space: entrance to the engine room is ensure by two compass doors, on eon each side. The engine room is spacious with comfortable working space.
Electrical plant: well built and rationally placed.

WHAT WE LIKED MOST
the outside leaving areas feature innovative architectural concepts, as on the flying-bridge, and the fully hidden and hydraulically actuated swimming platform. The safety and standard equipment is really complete thus achieving a remarkable cost/quality ratio.
WHAT WE LIKED LESS
some internal furnishing criteria and the guest cabins' size whose space could have been improved.