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NAUTICA MAGAZINE
NAVIGATION TEST

Article selected from thousand boat trials performed by Nautica in nearly 50 years

Navigation trials

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Text and photographs by Antonio Bignami


TECNOMARINE T92

The main impression we had when going onboard the latest born of the Italian shipyard Tecnomarine, the T92, designed by Gilgenast/Tecnomarine/Federici, is that the motor yacht was built with the traditional Viareggio-like workmanship and with vanguard technological innovations. This impression is due not only to the pretty "Ma jong" room (an entertainment area that replaces the VIP cabin and that was mainly conceived for the Far East market) but also to all systems and solutions adopted on deck and below deck that are tracing a precise course of yacht design.

The reporter has trouble in describing all the systems and solutions mentioned above, therefore, he refers the reader to the photographs and to the technical data and for the rest he hopes his jotted notes and impressions are sufficient. The flying bridge offers privacy to groups of guests on board, in fact, there are two dinettes, two sunning areas and two cabinets. Access to the flying bridge is by means of two beautiful staircases: an interior staircase and one from the cockpit, with different structures and applications. The deck and coachroof areas include technical solutions mainly based on reliability and strong structures (this is true for the mooring bitts, the fairleads, the two winches, the four windlasses, etc.). The interior salon has a sober, essential and very elegant look.

Staterooms are ample, refined and comfortable; the bathrooms are oversize and fully fitted. The crew quarters could be considered as a second boat as far as comfort, fittings and components are concerned. State-of-the-art solutions and the Viareggio-like tradition of the Tecnomarine yard are the essential ingredients of the T92.

TECHNICAL DATA

Designer: superstructures, Gilgenast; hull, Tecnomarine; interiors, Architect Federici
Yard: Tecnomarine; Via M. Coppino 433; 55049 Viareggio; tel. +39-584-392001, fax +39-584-387630
Certification: RINA - A1.1 Maltese Cross
VAT: 20%
LOA: 91'5"
Beam: 21'
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 6'6"
Light displacement: 69 tons
Maximum passengers capacity: 14
Berths: 8+4 in 4+2 cabins
Power: 2x1800hp Turbo Diesel MTU 16V2000TE90 inboard engines
Total installed power: 3,600 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 5.9 tons
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 19.44
Type of transmission: V-drive
Maximum declared speed at 2,300 rpm's: 28 knots
Cruising speed at 2,100 rpm's: 25 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 145 gallons/hr
Range at cruising speed: approx. 480 miles
Fuel capacity: 2,774
Freshwater capacity: 528 gallons
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: to be stipulated depending on the requested equipment
Notes: with 2xMTU 12V396TE942X engines, maximum boat speed is 29/30 knots and cruising boat speed is 26/27 knots. The 4 guest cabins and the two crew cabins are standard. The tested T 92 is shown in the picture and she included three guest cabins and one "Ma jong" area.

CONSTRUCTION CHARACTERISTICS

Hull: Deep V hull
Hull construction material: fiberglass
Deck materials and characteristics: fiberglass and corefoam sandwich, teak deck, engine room access with left-hinged door. Two access hinged doors connect the two fore-and-aft side decks with the galley and main salon, 2 access side doors for boarding
Bow area: pulpit, teak deck, 2 windlasses with 3 operating stations, 2 mooring bells, 4 mooring bitts and 4 fairleads, access to crew quarters (2 cabins, each cabin has 2 beds, 2 full bathrooms with shower and air conditioning in all cabins), maneuvering intercom, cushioned sunning area
Cockpit arrangement and fittings: teak deck, shower with hot/cold water mixer, U-shaped dinette with table, 2 mooring bells with 2 mooring bitts and 4 fairleads, 2 side doors for boarding, 2 access ladders to aft platform, central locker with engine room access on floor level
Characteristics of aft platform: teak deck with swimming ladder (a choice is possible) and 2 lockers
Superstructures and windows material: light alloy superstructures and 1/2"-thick tempered glass windows
Description and characteristics of the flying bridge: starting from the bow, dashboard with full controls and power-assisted wheel steering, pilot and co-pilot settee for 3+3, double access (from the cockpit by means of a spiral staircase, from the salon by means of a wooden ladder), 2 opposite U-shaped dinettes with tables, 2 opposite cushioned sunning areas, 2 service cabinets and bar, roll bar, pulpit, tender davits for haulage and launching.

INTERIORS

Bow area: helm station with dashboard, chart table, general electrical panel, crew quarter dinette and bathroom. Amidships there are the staircase leading to the cabins, the staircase leading to the flying bridge and the separated galley. The salon includes the dining room with bar aft of the dining room, the main dinette is on portside with two tables, there are 2 side dinettes on starboardside with various cabinets and, aft of the starboard dinette, there is the color satellite TV set, VCR and Hi-fi stereo cabinet. The cabins of the tested yacht were custom made for the Far- East market with an entertainment cabin instead of the forward VIP stateroom, a "Ma jong" cabin with TV set, Hi-fi stereo, Karaoke, etc., and several settees. Aft, there were two guest staterooms with private bathroom (the double bed cabin was to starboard) and amidships, there was the master stateroom with a changing room on portside and the bathroom on starboardside, fitted with shower stall and Jacuzzi whirlpool. Standard interior wood finishing is in sand-blasted English oak or cherry wood, lining and upholstery may be requested by the owner.
Main helm station: power assisted hydraulic wheel steering, electronic remote controls, full engine indicators and instruments, Richie F600 high-speed compass, 1941 48-mile Furuno radar, Navionics GPS, Geonav LCD 11 Plus plotter, 1 Skanti 3000 VHF, 1 Furuno FAP 330 auto-pilot, 1 VDO HS 50 2166 log.
Chart table: in the helm station. Chart table is fitted with a chart storage area, table and dinette
Galley: separated galley with double access (from the corridor and from the portside fore- and-aft passage). It is fitted with cabinets, worktop, 2 sinks with hot/cold water mixer, 69-gallon refrigerator and freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, four ceramic hobs, extractor.

FITTINGS

Standard fittings: in addition to the above-mentioned fittings, the following is supplied: air conditioning system, bow thruster, aft hydro-electric gangway, hydro-electric swimming ladder.

IMPRESSIONS

SEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
Wind: none
Sea: calm

PERFORMANCE
Time needed to reach planing speed: 10 seconds
Minimum planing speed at 1,600/1,700 rpm's: 19/20 knots
Maximum speed at 2,300 rpm's with a 3,600 hp engine: 28 knots

EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCE

Seakeeping ability, turning and behavior on waves: the T92 behavior and seakeeping ability reflects her construction technology. The yacht is very stable, very dry and has an excellent trim even at low power; impact with the waves is nonexistent. She has really excellent performing capacities.
Wheel and flap response: perfect
Visibility in different weather conditions: very good. Visibility of all areas of the yacht is excellent
Docking maneuverability: excellent.

EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY

Deck: deck is fully fitted and very well arranged
Flying bridge: excellent livability. Many areas are doubled for more comfort and privacy
Interiors: beautiful interiors as per owner's request
Passengers' comfort: excellent
Helm stations: excellent from all viewpoints
Chart table: this area is of adequate size and is fully fitted
Galley: superbly equipped. The solution of two accesses is very nice. Maybe, more space could have been obtained.
Bathrooms: excellent
Engine room: very good access and very well positioned.
Electrical panel and plants: they are fully fitted and functional and are made with vanguard technologies.