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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 Roberto Moneda


OFF COURSE 41 S

Comfortable and sporty are two adjectives that do not seem to be applicable to the same boat; in reality, the Off Course 41 S is capable of offering the thrill of speed as well as comfortable cruising. This new 41 footer was designed to meet the needs of those who love running fast and in short time over any stretch of water, yet enjoying the sporty and refined elegance of their boat.

The aft deck clearly expresses this concept with a spacious settee in the roomy and comfortable sunbathing area. The overall layout features much comfort on deck and in the cockpit; the accomodation plan is intended for two persons, but it can easily serve four. Belowdecks, the large use of elegant materials and leather linings as well as the chromatic combination of brilliant colors offer an original and exclusive atmosphere, with a finishing level not to be underestimated. At sea, the Off Course 41 S best expresses herself when engine power is at its maximum, thus attaining the sporty velocity of approximately 47 knots.

TECHNICAL DATA

Designer: Off Course
Builder: Off Course; Via A. Stradivari, 4; 20131 Milan; tel. +39-2-29406549, fax +39-2-2047784; Yard; 55049 Viareggio (LU); tel. +39-584-944955
Italian VAT: 20%
L.O.A.: 43'4"
Beam: 9'6"
Displacement with test power: 8,830 lbs.
Maximum passengers capacity: 8/10
Berths: 2+2 in 2 separated cabins
Power: 2x415 hp 4.54 Magnum MAG MPI Mercruiser
Total installed power: 830 hp
Total engines and reduction gears: 2x2,793 lbs.
Light boat displacement/installed power ratio: 10.64 lbs./hp
Type of transmission: stern drive
Maximum declared speed: 47 knots
Cruising speed: 35 knots
Fuel capacity: 246 gallons
Fresh water capacity: 53 gallons
Road transportation: exceptional cargo (EEC)
Price with standard equipment and test power: Lit. 325,000,000 ex VAT.

CONSTRUCTION CHARACTERISTICS

Hull: deep V, degrading aft
Construction and structures: stratified and reinforced fiberglass; double molding; stainless steel fittings
Deck: spacious foredeck; extensive swimming platform
Forward: ample foredeck; stainless steel hand rails from amidships around foredeck; hatch for access to the forward stateroom
Cockpit: spacious, with lots of comfortable sunning capability; roomy GRP aft platform with scuppers for water drainage; swimming ladder.

INTERIORS

Layout and characteristics: simple and rational layout of interiors with access to the dinette that can be transformed into a stateroom. On portside of the companionway, there is an ample space for the galley. The functional and modern-styled bathroom is to starboard. The master stateroom is forward. Finishing level is very high and the layout is designed for a comfortable life on board with overall headroom. Most surfaces are lined with glaze-like materials
Helm station: outside, to starboard, with a wide GRP dashboard on different levels, steering wheel and separated levers for throttle and reduction gears are which are to the right of the dashboard
Chart table: belowdecks
Galley: belowdecks with worktop, covered electric household appliances and pantry. The galley furniture is very well integrated in the surrounding ambience of the dinette.

ACCESSORIES

Standard fittings: sunshade, hydraulics operated engine room hatch, hydraulics operated door, automatic extinguishers, rectifier with dockside electric connection and charge separators, Shipmate VHF station, echo-sounder, GPS, chart plotter, hot/cold water mixer in the bathroom, radio
Optional: anti-fouling, cradle, hydraulic Mercruiser flaps fitted with position indicator, free and silenced engine exhaust, 3.5 kW current generator, electric windlass with chain, anti- scratch metacrylic windshield with steel frame, special external graphics, customized interior and deck furnishing.

IMPRESSIONS

WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
Wind: none
Lake: calm

PERFORMANCE
Time needed to reach planing speed: 5.6 seconds
Maximum speed: 46.8 knots at 4,900 rpm
Cruising speed: 34.2 knots at 3,900 rpm

EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCE

Seakeeping ability: good in any conditions; very good lateral stability; well balanced and sensistive to trim changes; good maneuverability at high speeds; regular and progressive turning
Response to rudder, trim and flaps: no flaps; response to power-assist steering is fast and progressive
Helm station: comfortable, with easy-to-reach controls. Easy wheel steering from pilot's seat.
Docking maneuverability: good. Responsive to minimal engine power.

EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY

Deck: The design provided for spacious deck areas and cockpit. The arrangement is typical of sport cruisers intended for fast navigation, with comfortable settee in the cockpit as well as comfortable pilot's and co-pilot's seats.
Interiors: tasteful and stylish interiors. On request, the yard may provide different interiors as far as colors, paneling, materials and finishing are concerned. The tested boat was fitted with textiles and paneling of the best quality with very bright and appropriate color combinations - vivid red carpet on deck and belowdecks. Lighting is of halogen type. Dinette has headroom. Bathroom has headroom and glaze-like finishing; cabinet with sink and toilet
Passengers' comfort: very good, both at sea as well as at dock. Standard fittings are of high quality: several lockers are fitted and all of them are well integrated with the interior decor
Helm station: very good visibility from the pilot's cushioned and comfortable seat. No windshield
Chart table: makeshift and poorly equipped
Galley: practical and pleasant, spacious and well arranged with good finishing (on tested boat the stove was missing). The anti-scratch synthetic worktop is very nice and practical
Bathroom: one well-equipped bathroom with headroom
Electrical plant station: in compliance with safety rules and with very good quality electric cables, easy-to-see and easy-to-understand switches.

WHAT WE LIKED MOST
the aggressive and special line of the hull. Belowdecks we appreciated the modern, simple, functional and classy décor as well as the luminosity. The beautiful red carpeting that contrasts with the glaze-like gray creates a pleasant effect that highlights the aggressive spirit of this sport cruiser. The boat is very comfortable even when cruising at maximum speed.
WHAT WE LIKED LESS
the missing windshield. Even though the boat's aspect is more aggressive, the pilot's and the passengers' comfort is penalized during long passages. Another negative aspect is the missing anti- slipping material on deck.