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Text and photographs by Roberto Moneda


Sciallino 40 Fly

In recent years, the market has been offering a wide variety of traditional boats designed to satisfy the tastes of the 90's. This mixture of tradition and innovation coincided with new investments that maintained shipyard activity alive during the crisis of this sector.

For the construction of this new 40 footer, the Ligurian Sciallino family used its traditional experience to build a boat with a modern line and special design and finishing. We tested the boat in Andora (Italy). At first glance, she lured us with the perfume of her mahogany essence interiors and with the classical elegance of her solid teak deck and cockpit. The Sciallino 40 is fitted with two helm stations and it perfectly illustrates the tastes of a tradition-loving owner: seakeeping ability, performance capability, comfort, marine atmosphere and the touch of elegance that everybody notices when approaching the boat from the dock. This semi-displacement boat reached the maximum speed of 27 knots with four persons on board, fully fitted, loaded with water and fuel thus showing how well designed is the hull line of the Sciallino project.


Designer: Sciallino
Yard: Sciallino Shipyard; via Carenda 2; 17023 Ceriale (Savona, Italy); tel. +39-182-990174; fax +39-182-991261
Italian VAT: 20%
L.O.A.: 45'
Beam: 13'2"
Boat displacement with test power: 11.12 tons
Maximum passengers capacity: 14
Total number of berths: 6 in 3 cabins
Power: 2 370B Cummins Turbo Diesel
Total installed power: 740 hp
Total engine and reduction gear weight: 1,094 tons
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 15,27
Type of transmission: in-line shaft
Maximum declared speed: 27 knots
Cruising speed: 22 knots
Fuel consumption at cruising speed: 23.8 gallons/h
Range at cruising speed: approx. 250 miles
Fuel capacity: 264 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 132 gallons
Road transportation: special cargo (EEC)
Price with standard fittings and test power: Lit. 472,000,000 ex VAT.


Hull: round, semiplaning
Construction and structures: GRP obtained with hand-laid isoftalic polyester and fiberglass; reinforced sandwich hull, anti-slipping deck; hull/deck connection in solid mahogany. Windows and portholes are in tempered glass, hull with anti-osmosis treatment
Deck: pulpit, handrails, railings and deck fittings are in stainless steel, forward locker is fitted with two access hatches, bow pulpit extension
Forward area: bow pulpit extension, anchor chain roller and anchor casing, synthetic leather cushions on deckhouse, surrounding railing, anchor windlass
Applied GRP and teak aft swimming platform
Flying bridge: second fully equipped helm station, life raft storing arrangement, weathertight light alloy hatch with access ladder from the cockpit. Stainless steel roll-bar and windshield with tempered glass.
Interiors characteristics and layout: access to the cabin is from the cockpit, through two large sliding doors; the helm station with pilot's settee is to starboard opposite the U-shaped suede-cloth dinette. Near the centerline companionway ladder there is the galley to starboard. Forward there are the master stateroom, the VIP stateroom to port and opposite there are the two bathrooms
Main helm station: belowdecks, traditional helm station with fully equipped wooden dashboard. Pilot's settee with underlaying locker
Chart table: opposite the helm station
Galley: L-shaped galley, with mahogany wood cabinets, Formica worktop fitted with several lockers. Opening side porthole.
Standard fittings: battery charger and feeders with 220V dockside electric connections and electric shock saver, navigation lights and remote control long-distance search light, 33 lbs. anchor with 246'-long anchor chain, windshield cover, porthole mosquito nets, interior cushions and curtains, fenders and customized fender covers, name on aft transom.
Optional fittings: auto-pilot, two GRP locker settees with solid teak cover for live bait or ice box, safety equipment as per regulations, echo-sounder, electrical oven in the galley, GPS, diesel generator, hydraulic gangway, teak deck and gunwale, radar, stereo, VHF.


Wind: none
Sea: calm

Maximum speed: 28.2 knots at 3,000 rpm's
Cruising speed: 22.2 knots at 2,500 rpm's


Seakeeping ability: good even in rough sea. Good maneuverability in any conditions
Response to rudder, trim and flaps: flaps are adequate, response to rudder is precise and progressive
Helm station: comfortable, to starboard, slightly raised. Vertical wheel steering fitted onto the dashboard. Instrument dashboard is essential and easy to read. Good visibility
Docking maneuverability: engine throttle and reversing gear lever. The boat responds very well to the pilot's minimal actions.


Deck: nice teak and well-protected deck, sunning area, easy forward/aft access
Flying bridge: essentially used as helm station
Belowdecks: traditional old-style interiors décor is in mahogany wood. All space is used in order to offer comfortable arrangements. Upholstery is of good quality and with good color combination. Bathrooms are finely decorated and fitted. The forward cabin has good ventilation and is completely lined with mahogany wood
Passengers comfort: engine noise is low; interiors décor and deck arrangement offer a superb relaxing atmosphere onboard. Flying bridge is simple
Pilot's seat: the lower pilot's seat is well positioned and is comfortable even if it cannot be regulated. On flying bridge, visibility is excellent from the pilot's seat
Chart table: fair
Galley: galley is ample, with moderate ventilation and it is very well arranged. It is fully fitted with the essential household appliances. Range and sink are at suitable height level. Bathrooms: finely decorated and fitted with lockers.
Engine room: good access from the cockpit
Electrical panel: easy access, with good indication of main switches and with good-quality cable connections.

the overall design, the workmanlike finishing belowdecks and the traditional line of the hull, which is fast and performs very well.
the difficult access from the cockpit to the aft swimming platform, the small and steep ladder to the flying bridge and the simple arrangement of the same.