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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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RIO 600 DAY

The Rio 600 Day is the result of a 40-year experience in sport motorboat design and building. Launching a new motorboat with all the characteristics demanded by a knowledgeable clientele is not as easy as it seems. Given the wide selection of boats existing on the market, fantasy and professionalism combined with excellent commercial and marketing strategies are necessary and, as a matter of fact, they are at the basis of Rio's production. Rio's boats are designed and built with great concern to aesthetics, seakeeping abilities, safety and comfort.

This is why the Rio 600 Day is a novelty. Her outside line is fast and elegant and her interiors are comfortable. Notwithstanding her reduced size (19'8" long), the 600 Day includes a comfortable sunning area and an ample cockpit that seats 4 or 5 on deck and a comfortable double V-berth belowdecks. The high level of finishing, the ergonomic shape of each component and their practical use (the hinged spray hood supports may be concealed when not in use) combined with the excellent seakeeping abilities and performance at high speed make the Rio 600 Day a very interesting boat. In addition, she is fitted with stern drives that guarantee excellent maneuverability and stability. The Rio 600 Day includes high-quality standard equipment and has an excellent quality-price ratio.

TECHNICAL DATA

Designer: Carlo Scarani, engineer
Yard: Nautica Serena, Via S. Giovanni, 4; 24060 Villongo (Bergamo, Italy); tel. +39-035-927310, fax 39-035-926605
Certification: EEC B-Category type
Italian VAT: 20%
LOA: 19'9"
Beam: 7'10"
Keel draft: 1'
Light displacement: 2,517 lbs.
Full boat displacement: 3,841 lbs.
Maximum number of passengers: 6
Power: MerCruiser 3.0 L
Total installed power: 141 hp
Total engine and reduction gears weight: 629 lbs.
Transmission: stern drive
Maximum declared speed: 31.5 knots
Declared consumption at cruising speed: 6.5 gallons/h (144 mile range at 24 knots)
Fuel capacity: 40 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 13 gallons
Road transportation: yes
Launching and haulage: with mechanical hoist or with trolley
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Lit. 45,000,000 + VAT
Standard equipment: spray hood storing compartment, stern drive leg lifting device, anchor with line, antifouling, engine room fumes extractor, engine battery and battery safety switch, compass, mooring lines, aft sunning cushioning, electric bilge pump, fuel circuit electric valve, fire extinguishers, mooring hook with oar, national flag and flag supporting pole, floating key chain for startup key, anchor stern fitting, recessed swimming ladder, windlass, horn.

IMPRESSIONS

LAKE AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
Wind: none
Lake: calm

PERFORMANCE
(with 2 passengers and full fuel and water tanks)
Time needed to reach planing speed: 3 seconds
Stop time from cruising speed: 4 seconds
Crash stop time: 5 seconds
Maximum speed: 31.8 knots
Cruising speed: 24.9 knots

EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY

Hull construction material: hand stratified fiberglass, aft platform with recessed swimming ladder, surrounding windshield with central companionway
Lockers: forward anchor locker, aft locker, several lockers in the cockpit and in the engine room
Helm station in cockpit: cable connection steering wheel, remote control, compass, instruments and engine indicators, rotating and adjustable pilot and co-pilot settees.

INTERIORS

Layout and characteristics: double V-berth with cushions
Deck materials and characteristics: anchor locker with anchor and line, anchor over stem support, forward and aft mooring bitts, aft sunning cushion, aft settees, forward and aft trailing hooks, forward and aft grabrails, windlass.