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Text and photographs by Antonio Bignami
RASCALA SC 28We tested the Rascala SC 28, powered by a Mercruiser stern drive on a windy day with moderate seas. The photographs shown here picture a well-balanced, modern and elegantly sophisticated sport cruiser, with a swift and aggressive outside line that, thanks to her hull shape and good stability, was not affected by the troublesome sea conditions during sea trials. The SC 28 cockpit is quite large with a comfortable dinette that can be converted into a sunning area by folding the table.
The interior layout is excellent. The dinette has round and rational structures, the small galley is to port of the companionway and it is fitted with good household appliances. Access to the cabin under the cockpit is rather small, yet the cabin has two twin beds and a locker. The bathroom is separated and it includes toilet and sink. The new Rascala SC 28 has an excellent quality/price ratio and whoever looks for quality and reliability will surely appreciate her.
TECHNICAL DATAYard: Rascala Boats (Rumania)
Dealer in Italy: Rimpex s.r.l. Via della Scafa, 115/a - 00054 Fiumicino (Rome, Italy) tel. +39-6-6580132 or 6583138 fax +39-6-6584626
Gross tonnage: calculation pending
Italian VAT: 20%
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 1'6"
Light displacement: 4,856 lbs.
Full boat displacement: 7,064 lbs.
Maximum passengers capacity: 9
Test boat power: 235hp gasoline Mercruiser
Total engines weight: approx. 773 lbs.
Type of transmission: stern drive leg
Maximum declared speed: 30 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 12 gallons/hr
Fuel capacity: 92 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 23 gallons
Road transportation: no
Hauling and launching: lifting crane
Standard fittings: wheel steering and levers, full instrumentation and engine indicators, compass
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Lit. 93,500,000 ex VAT.
IMPRESSIONSSEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
Wind: 5/6 knots from SSE
EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITYHull construction material: GRP; deck fittings include stainless steel roll bar, pulpit, grab rails and bow pulpit extension. Windows are in tempered glass
Lockers: 3 lockers forward, 2 lockers under the dashboard and 3 lockers belowdecks
Helm station: wheel steering, levers, full engine indicators, compass, electronic instruments dashboard
Interiors: dinette may be converted into cabin by folding the table; galley is to starboard with two-burner range and refrigerator; bathroom includes toilet, sink and separated shower; twin bed cabin is under the cockpit
Cockpit arrangements and deck fittings
Bow area: bow pulpit extension, anchor fitting, electric anchor windlass, anchor and chain, sunning area and hatch, complete cushioning
Cockpit: settees may be converted into a comfortable sunning area by folding the cockpit table; roll bar is fitted with search light and navigation lights; helm station includes pilot's and co-pilot's seats; shower is fitted on deck; aft platform includes swimming ladder and access is from cockpit.