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NAUTICA MAGAZINE
NAVIGATION TEST

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Text and photographs by Corradino Corbò

Nautica Magazine
n. 510, October 2004


NAUTICA SALPA - LAVER 32.5

The Italian nautical industry is well respected all over the world mainly for the high quality output of shipyards building mega yachts intended for the most exclusive markets. Beneath this image of prestige there is a production reality - hardly known on the international level - that surprises those who think that the yards operating at lower levels, producing smaller and less expensive yachts, cannot achieve such degree of excellence.

Nautica Salpa is fully entitled to be the leading representative of this school, especially after having experimented with all sorts of innovations since its onset, in 1985. The debut of the Laver 32.5 - the hull is pleasing to the eye at first sight - is the occasion the yard has of discovering the results of the passionate and steadfast work of engineer Pane and of his two sons, at the head of the company's "key sectors".

First of all we are looking at a highly engineered product, one of the highest on the European level. Suffice it to say that this cabin cruiser was born from little less than one hundred moulds, that is, ten times more than the quantity used by any traditional yard to produce a yacht of equal size. The results of this production process are visible throughout, even in the most inaccessible parts, such as the internal surfaces of the locker hatches where they are as glossy as the hull sides.

Before all this, there is an enormous headwork that directly involves design and that is inevitably carried out with an industrial approach. In the midst of so much technical work - made of data, processing and mathematical models - the proverbial "hand" for drawing the hull could not be missing. It was the famous Renato Sonny Levi, the artist of some of the most winning waterlines in the history of offshore boating, who did the job. High-level performance, then, for a cabin cruiser with two sides to its personality.

A sporting one able to satisfy those who love a sparkling drive in moderate seas and a more leisurely one for those who prefer day cruises or long relaxing holidays. One should not forget, though, that the Laver 32.5 is a cruiser with two nice cabins, a large fully fitted salon and a bathroom that, as a general rule, maybe found on a cabin cruiser 10 feet longer.

TECHNICAL DATA

Designer: Renato Sonny Levi (hull); the yard's Technical Office (general)
Yard: Nautica Salpa; via Silvio Pellico 27; 80040 Cercola (Naples, Italy); tel. +39 081 7332386; fax +39 081 7333065; website www.salpa.com; e-mail info@salpa.com; salpa@iol.it
EC Category type: "A"
LOA: 9.90 m
Hull length: 9.38 m
Beam: 3.35 m
Depth: 3.28 m from the roll-bar
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 0.90 m
Light displacement: 5,980 kg; full-load displacement: 6,500 kg
Maximum passenger capacity: 10
Berths: 4+2
Test boat power: 2x210 hp D4-210 EVC DP Common Rail Volvo Penta
Total installed power: 420 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 2x644 kg
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 14.24 kg/hp
Type of transmission: Dual Prop stern-drive (2004 model)
Maximum declared speed: 35 knots
Cruising speed: 28 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 50 liters/hr
Range at cruising speed: 263 miles
Fuel capaciy: 2x235 liters
Freshwater capacity: 180 liters
Price with standard fittings and test boat power: Euro 139.950,00 VAT excluded, ex yard. Special road transportation

IMPRESSIONS

SEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
Wind: force 1
Sea: 1

PERFORMANCE
(with little fuel and water and 4 passengers)
Cruising speed: 26 knots
Maximum speed: 33.5 knots

EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY

Deck: size and accessibility adequate to the type of outfitting
Cockpit: very well organized, it was intended not so much for maximum passenger capacity, rather for maximum fittings (in this case the ideal number of passengers is 4)
Interiors: elegant, rational, with two extremely comfortable double cabins (the Owner cabin with double bed and the guest cabin with twin beds)
Passengers' comfort: very high
Galley: built-in and athwartship, adjacent to the salon. It is fully fitted and with a hanging cupboard
Bathroom: practical and elegant, with hideaway sanitary articles
Engine room: excellent access through the cockpit hatch, the adjacent technical area is very functional
Electrical switchboard and plants: excellent.