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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 Fabio Petrone


RASCALA BOATS FM 20

The Fm 20 is a center console open boat featuring an elegant and balanced design, shared with the entire Rascala's range which consist of 9 open boats. It is suitable for a wide variety of applications, including short coastal cruises and fishing. Its particular design and the accurate project work have optimized the space available on board, offering a choice of different options in the lay-out of the cockpit and the bow area. The latter may be fitted with an extensible sunbathing area or a practical dinette with table. The same modular concept is applied in the cockpit where the pilot seat feature a movable back which create a second dinette area together with the stern settee.

The Rascala FM 20 is offered with an interesting package which, according to Rascala's marketing philosophy, propose different Mercury outboard engines in the 75 - 150 hp range. The tested unit was fitted with a 115 hp engine, probably the best choice for this boat in respect of performance and consumption. The overall peculiar capabilities of the hull were enhanced by the excellent thrust of the engine: maneuverability, seakeeping and trim are always excellent. All this, together with a complete list of standard accessories, highlight the already interesting price to quality ratio.

TECHNICAL DATA

Builder: Rascala Boats
Project by: Rascala
Local dealer: Rimpex; via della Scafa 115/a; 00054 Fiumicino, Roma, Italy; tel.: +39-6-6580132; fax: +39-6-6584626
LOA: 5,85 mt
Register length: 5,77 mt
Max. beam: 2,18 mt
GRT: 2,48 tons
Molded depth: 1,00 mt
Max. draft: 0,50 mt
Light displacement: 750 kg (without engine)
Max. passengers capacity: 7 persons
Engine options: 60/150 hp
Top speed (declared): 40 knots
Fuel capacity: 150 liters
Cruise speed fuel consumption: 24 l/h (115 hp engine)
Tested boat price: 27.100.000 (VAT not included)

TRIAL RESULTS

SEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS AT TRIAL TIME
wind: 10 knots
sea state: calm

OBSERVED PERFORMANCES
Planning time: 3,5 seconds
Top speed: 33,9 knots at 5.200 rpm
Cruise speed: 26,4 knots at 4.400 rpm

COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALLY EVALUATION

Construction material and detailing: unsinkable fiber reinforced plastic hull (two foam cored longitudinal girder provide buoyancy in case of hull damage); self draining cockpit.
Lockers number and place: bow chain locker, one underneath the pilot seat, one underneath the bow sunbathing area, one underneath the aft settee, one (with lock) in the center steering console
Deck: two bow cleats and two stern cleats, convertible sunbathing area, pilot seat with movable back to create a second dinette area, Iroko wood toe rail in the amidship area, cushions, swimming ladder, navigational lights and electric bilge pump.
Steering comfort: central steering console with two-persons pilot seat windshield and stainless steel handrail, wood and steel steering wheel, throttles, electrical control panel, log, rev. counter, cooling water temperature, voltmeter, trim indicator, compass, fuel level (on the 150 stainless steel tank).
Optional: wooden cradle, watertight canvas, sun canvas, center console protection. Blue/grey and green/beige color potions are available.