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Offshore Costruzioni Nautiche

A jump in the past looking at the future is the perfect description of the Super Classic 16, the new small runabout, designed by Roberto Buonomo of Offshore Costruzione Nautiche. The aesthetics of the boat reflect so much the style of the runabouts of the '50s and '60s that it could easily participate in a Classic Boat meeting. Nevertheless she reflects a vanguard design philosophy, aimed not only at obtaining excellent performances but also at maintaining its soundness and beauty in time. During the sea trials, the Super Classic 16, with double aft sedan, showed excellent performances, astonishing maximum and cruising speed and very good wheel response. Even though water jets are not as efficient as stern drives or outboards, the boat is quite maneuverable at low gear.

The construction level of the GRP hull and deck is extremely accurate. The high-quality wood used on deck is chemically treated against atmospheric agents. There are two different versions: the water jet and the outboard version in which a sunning area replaces the engine compartment in the cockpit.


Designer: Roberto Buonomo
Yard: Offshore Costruzioni Nautiche, Via Forte Emilio 1, 04024 Gaeta (Latina, Italy) - tel./fax +39-0771-470563
EC C category type
Italian VAT: 20%
LOA: 17'3"
Beam: 6'9"
Light displacement: 1,435 lbs.
Full boat displacement: 3,090 lbs.
Maximum passengers capacity: 6
Test boat power: 1x120 hp Mercruiser water jet (optional power: 1x175 hp water jet or 1x60 hp outboard)
Total installed power: 120 hp
Total engine and reduction gear weight: 158 lbs.
Maximum declared speed: 36 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 7-8 gallons/hr
Fuel capacity: 18.50 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 15 gallons
Road transportation: yes
Haulage and launching: with mechanical hoist
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Lit. 68,000,000 ex VAT.


Wind: light breeze
Sea: calm

(with two passengers and full fuel tank)
Time needed to reach planing speed: 5 seconds
Cruising speed at 4,000 rpm's: 25.2 knots
Maximum speed at 6,000 rpm's: 35.5 knots


Hull construction material: stratified GRP hull with a high percentage of fiberglass; three watertight bulkheads; hull stiffened with floors and longitudinal girders and four longitudinal outside steps with double redan; water jet propulsion; self-bailing cockpit; unsinkable hull
Deck is made of inserted mahogany lamination, solid maple and mahogany wood
Helm station: to port, with mechanical steering and stylish 1950 engine controls; dashboard is fitted with the necessary engine instruments, compass and log
Deck and cockpit arrangements and fittings: deck with especially treated mahogany for long-term duration. Cockpit with pilot seat and L-shaped settee with incorporated fuel tank and separated locker for battery storage and easy battery inspection. Aft platform includes a few steps for easy boarding. The swimming ladder is in stainless steel and folds away under the aft transom. Freshwater shower and anchor locker are forward. Fittings include stainless steel mooring bitts, sheer guard, bow protection plate and mast with horn.