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Text and photographs by Antonio Bignami


The Rio fisherman series continues, with especially reliable technical and construction characteristics, capable of coping with any weather and sea conditions and yet so comfortable and elegant. The new Rio 800 Cabin Fish is a successful example of this difficult combination between practicality and leisure, reliability and style; she perfectly interprets the new Rio philosophy for this type of boats with a growing number of followers. The Rio 800 Cabin Fish is a practical boat for all occasions. The cockpit is very ample (larger than 53'10" sqft) and is suitably fitted for fishing - lockers, fishbox, low sides, aft platform access port, etc.

Belowdeck, there are four berths and the salon includes the central dinette and galley. Visibility from the interior helm station is excellent. The flying bridge may be used as a sunning platform, access ladder is from the cockpit. Different power combinations are offered for a complete range of excellent performance - prices vary accordingly. The cheapest version with 225 hp or 2x141hp gasoline engines is Lit. 100,000,000.

The new Rio philosophy that lies behind the Rio 800 Cabin Fish combines comfortable cruising with reliable fishing.


Designer: Carlo Scarani
Yard&Designer: Rio-Nautica Serena, Via S. Giovanni 4, 24060 Villongo (Bergamo, Italy) - tel.+39-035-927301, fax +39-035-926605
EC B category type
Italian VAT: 20%
LOA: 26'6"
Beam: 8'10"
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 1'6"
Light displacement: 5,982 lbs.
Full boat displacement: 6.622 lbs.
Test boat power: 2x141 hp Mercruiser 3.0 B stern drive with Alpha transmission
Maximum declared speed: 35 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed (26 knots): 7.5 gallons/hr
Fuel capacity: 90 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 26 gallons
Road transportation: no
Haulage and launching: with mechanical hoist
Standard fittings: inflatable life-raft storing space, anchor with chain and rope, engine batteries and services, aft shower, 4 fixed rod-holders and four rod stowaway supports
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Lit. 98,000,000 ex VAT
Notes: optional power, 1x225hp B stern drive, 1x170hp Turbo Diesel stern drive, 2x105hp Turbo Diesel stern drive, 1x200hp Turbo Diesel and 2x150hp Turbo Diesel with V-drive transmission and in-line shaft.


Wind: none
Lake: calm

Time needed to reach planing speed: 6 seconds
Stop time from cruising speed: 5 seconds
Crash stop time: 6 seconds
Maximum speed: 36.4 knots
Cruising speed: 25.8 knots


Construction material and characteristics: reinforced GRP, self-bailing cockpit, bow pulpit, bow platform, aft platform with swimming ladder, fender holders and fenders, cockpit access port
Lockers: forward anchor locker, lockers under the berths and under the floor of the helm station, cockpit includes locker and fishbox
Helm station: the helm station is located in the dinette with power-assisted wheel steering, compass, full engine instruments and controls


Layout and characteristics: forward cabin with two berths, salon is fitted with convertible settees, helm station with swing back pilot seat; covered galley with sink, range and refrigerator
Deck and cockpit characteristics and fittings: stainless steel pulpit, reinforcing backup plate for fighting chair.