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Text and photographs by Corradino Corbò
n. 587, march 2011
SALPA 30 GT
Technology, design and precious details typical of big yachts on a boat destined to set a fashion.
Up until recently, the fantasy of designers and the ingenuity of naval
architects found rich soil above all in the superyacht sector. Today,
ever more often, we note that small and medium size yachts are at the
centre of the attention of these inventors and of the shipyards that
build them. An interesting example of this trend is set by the
Neapolitan Yard Nautica Salpa the technical office of which has few
equals in the Italian scene.
Starting price with gasoline Volvo Penta 4.3 Euro 125,000 + VAT,
with test engine Euro 155,000 + VAT
The boat in question is the Salpa 30
Granturismo, an open yacht that, beyond slogans, features not only
many of the technical and design solutions typical of larger cabin
cruisers, but also original ones. This may be confirmed by the
successful hull shape of the famous Salpa 32 Cabinato, designed by
Renato Sonny Levi, the sport soul of this new model. The other feature
- more cruise-like - is even more conspicuous, since it is the livable
area of the boat, starting from the cockpit.
Here, two comfortable
opposite L-shaped settees line the aft perimeter of the boat, with a
convenient passage to the aft platform. Both settees and the
respective tables set on supports may be transformed, either combined
or independently one from the other, into a large sunpad.
Opposite this practical salon, the galley on deck could not be any better on a
boat this size. The galley main cabinet supports the forward seats,
fitted with a folding backrest.
It should be pointed out that this
central part of the boat is covered by a refined and showy hard top
which, designed as an extension of the windshield, offers of itself an
excellent protection from sea sprays and rain, nevertheless it may be
further extended aft by a pullout awning.
Easy dismantling of some
stainless steel elements, such as the useful grabrails, for
maintenance and refitting is an original and intelligent solution. The
open space belowdecks will set a fashion for its elegance and rational
use of space: the living area is very cosy, thanks to the excellent
use of natural and artificial lighting that brightens up all corners.
Under way, the Salpa 30 Granturismo, propelled by a couple of 200 hp
Volvo Penta D-3 with stern drive leg, features a fast yet stable hull,
that forgives piloting errors and flaws and that does not need
excessive ratings for excellent performance.
Design: Shipyard Technical Office (design); Renato Sonny Levi (hull design)
Yard: Nautica Salpa; via Riviera di Chiaia, 287; 80121 Naples; ph. +39081 7332386 - +390823 622207; fax +39081 7333065; website www.salpa.com; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CE Design category: B
Construction materials and characteristics: vacuum bag laminated fibreglass hull and structural components with control of fibre orientation, Flexiteek flooring; interiors in bleached oak (or a choice from 7 different woods)
Length overall: 9.90 m
Beam: 3.35 m
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 0.90 m
Light displacement: 4,200 kg
Maximum passengers capacity: 10
Maximum power: 2x250 hp
Test boat power: 2x200 hp D3-200 Diesel Volvo Penta
Total installed power: 400 HP
Type of transmission: stern drive leg
Total engines weight: 2x335 kg
Maximum declared speed: 37 knots0
Fuel capacity: 2x250 litres
Freshwater capacity: 200 litres
Road transportation: on truck
Standard fittings: 1000 W anchor windlass, hard-top, galley on deck with 80-litre refrigerator, swimming ladder concealed when not in use
Optional fitted on test boat: teak floorboards, painted hull, bow prop, flaps, galley belowdecks, touch-screen electrical switchboard
Price of the tested boat: Euro 177,750 + VAT
SEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
Liquid load: 3/4
Hull: excellent conditions
Minimum planing speed (no flaps and/or no trim): 12 knots
Minimum planing speed (maximum flaps and/or trim): 11.5 knots
Maximum speed: 34 knots
Speed at 90% of rpm's: 30 knots
Planing factor: 2.83 (It is the ratio between maximum and minimum planing speed with no flaps. In practical terms, it is the speed range of the trimmed boat. Factor values: 0-1.95 low; 1.96-2.30 normal; 2.31-3.90 high; above 3.90 very high).
Cockpit area: 6.80 sqm
Maximum headroom belowdecks (in passageways): 1.99 m
Minimum headroom belowdecks (in passageways): 1.40 m
Engine room headroom: 0.95 m
For and aft passage minimum width: 0.33 m.
EVALUATION RATING (1 through 5)
suitable to the hull type.
the cockpit is one of the strong points of the boat featuring maximum functionality.
Anti-skid deck coating: , Flexiteek (standard) is efficient and looks like teak.
another strongpoint of this model: the functional and elegant open space is unexpectedly comfortable.
high finishing level anywhere.
of suitable size for the hull type.
excellent example of functional refined design.
Visibility from the helm station:
excellent aft, good forward, slightly impaired by the windshield-top structure.
Engine room (space):
good access and suitably arranged but slightly cramped
Engine room (fitting):
excellent workmanship and functional arrangement of all elements, a part of which is fitted in the adjacent technical area.
immediate as it should be with two stern drives.
Flap and/or trim response:
very good, even at maximum speed and at limited turning radius
Maneuverability in small stretches of water:
typical of any planing hull with two stern drives.