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VERGAPLAST - DELFINO 520The Delfino 520 is the new-born leader of the series of outboard open powerboats and small semi-planing boats manufactured by VergaPlast. We tested the Delfino 520 during its RINA certification. It is a versatile open craft, which is absolutely unsinkable as it is injected with closed-cell polyurethane foam; and we believe it to be the ideal co!mpanion for people who appreciate the classic design in an open powerboat and who wish to navigate with no hassle, have ample space and, most of all, with high safety standards. Powered with a Silva 25HP (489 cc) outboard engine, the Delfino 520 showed the dynamism and the seaworthiness we imagined, reaching considerable speed (25 knots) even with three people on board with more than satisfactory sea qualities. Quick in manouvering, the Delfino 520 meets the seas both safely and with a good degree of comfort thanks to its V-shaped hull, the high freeboards and the design of the semi-planing hull, effective even in displacement navigation.
Characteristic of this boat is the wide spaces: the sundeck accomodates three people, and the aft area features U-shaped benches and lockers and a transformable central dinette with backrests. Optional equiment include a complete set of cushions, awning, swimladder and a variety of accessories that complem!ent this family-oriented craft, which approaches the market at a very interesting price. State-of-the- art high polymers manufaturing technology make these open powerboats the crafts of the future.
TECHNICAL DETAILSModel: Delfino 520
Builder: Verga-Plast; via Monte Generoso, 7; 22074 Lomazzo (CO); tel +39 2 96370886; fax 96779053
Yacht designer: Verga Plast
Cleared for navigation within 6 nautical miles:
Length overall: 5,22 metres
Maximum beam: 1,80 metres
Draft: m 0,15 metres
Building height: 0,80 metres
Displacement: 200 kg.
Maximum allowable load: 6 people
Maximum pow!er to be installed: 25/35 HP engines
Number of engines: 1
Type and brand of the engine: Selva Antibes L 489 cc
Total power: 25 HP
Total fiscal power: 8 Hp
Total weight with gear box: Kg 54
Maximum speed: 25 knots
Road transport: on trailer
Standard equipment: rubber fender, water-tight central locker, two aft side bench-lockers in wood; one wooden forepeak locker, rowlocks, oars.
Equipment available on request: sundeck grating, complete set of cushions, handrail, pulpit, boat cover, awning.
Price: basic price of the craft without the engine: 6.950.000 Lira + VAT
BUILDING SPECIFICATIONConstruction materials and details: high quality, double moulded in Cycolac LS General Electric high polymer; transom: marine ply covered with a 25 mm. fibreglass layer; structural reinforcement in marine ply, cavities completely filled with closed-cell polyurethane foam. Seats, benches and sundeck in marine ply; stainless steel hardware and handrail
Number and position of the lockers: two in the cockpit + one central and one on the forepeak
Location and equipment of the steering position: tiller steering; the boat we tested did not have a driving consolle, which can be fitted as an optional item upon request.
Charactersistics and deck fittings: this craft of simple construction features ample space with wide seatings well protected by the high freeboards.
The Verga is not usually sold with the s!tainless steel pulpit and the sundeck grating, both of which we would recommend to buy. For this kind of boat, and the possibility to create a comfortable central dinette, the awning is also highly recommended.
OUR IMPRESSIONSCONDITIONS DURING THE TRIAL