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NAUTICA MAGAZINE
NAVIGATION TEST

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Navigation trials

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Text and photographs by Corradino Corbò

Nautica Magazine
n. 587, march 2011


Nautica Salpa
SALPA 30 GT

Nautica Salpa, 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

Nautica Salpa, Salpa 30 GT

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.

Nautica Salpa, Salpa 30 GT

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.

Nautica Salpa, Salpa 30 GT

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.

Nautica Salpa, Salpa 30 GT 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.

TECHNICAL DATA

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 info@salpa.com
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
Berths: 4
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 TRIALS

SEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
Wind: 3
Sea: 2
Liquid load: 3/4
Passengers: 3
Hull: excellent conditions

PERFORMANCE
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).

SIZES
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)

Deck fittings:    
suitable to the hull type.

Cockpit fittings:     
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.

Interior layout:      
another strongpoint of this model: the functional and elegant open space is unexpectedly comfortable.

Finishing:     
high finishing level anywhere.

Storage space:    
of suitable size for the hull type.

Helm station:     
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.

Wheel response:    
immediate as it should be with two stern drives.

Flap and/or trim response:    
average.

Turning radius:    
average

Turning stability:     
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.