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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


ZETA GROUP F 300 BLUETIME

The F300 Bluetime is an extremely versatile boat with practical deck space, rational and comfortable living quarters and an excellent quality price ratio. Zeta Group is the building yard and it does its best to meet the requirements of an extremely varied and specialized clientele. As a matter of fact, the boat was built with extremely elongated bow and poop in order to offer wide and comfortable aft and bow platforms. With an overall length of 30'6", she offers a very comfortable layout: minimum headroom is 5'10", a bathroom worth its name, 2,3 or even 4 berths and a dinette with a table that comfortably sits four persons.

Under way, the boat performs very well. She is fitted with an propeller shaft with an inclination of less than 12°, a hull with a 22° deadrise throughout. She is very maneuverable and is as stable as bigger boats. During sea trials, she was fitted with 2x185 hp TD Yanmar and her minimum planing speed was of approximately 11 knots, taking 6 seconds to reach planing speed with no flaps and 4 seconds with flaps. Maximum speed was recorded to be approximately 32 knots and cruising speed approximately 27 knots.

This speed was recorded with six passengers on board, with the fly bridge top fitted and 105 gallons of loaded fuel/water. Again, the F300 Bluetime is an extremely versatile boat and this is her best quality. She is capable of satisfying the needs of most boaters, even of those who owned bigger boats but decide to buy the smaller F300 because of her elegant and simple lines, comfortable and practical accommodation.

TECHNICAL DATA

Designer: Maurizio Zuccheri
Yard: Zeta Group, Via Carina 6; 41034 Finale Emilia (Modena); tel.+39-0535-92022, fax +39-0535-92603, mobile +39-335-314670
Certification: EEC B-Category type
Italian Vat: 20%
LOA: 30'6"
Beam: 9'10"
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 2'11"
Maximum passengers capacity: 8
Light displacement with two engines and no hard top: 7,506 lbs.
Test boat power: 2x185hp inboard Turbo Diesel Yanmar 4LH DTE F engines with hydraulic reduction gears
Total installed power: 370 hp
Total engine and reduction gears weight: 1545 lbs.
Type of transmission: in-line shaft
Maximum declared speed at 3,300 rpm's: 31.8 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 11 gallons/hr (27 knots at 2,900 rpm's)
Fuel capacity: 2x68 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 2x18 gallons
Road transportation: no
Launching and hauling: with mechanical hoist
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Lit. 155,000,000 + VAT (payment may be made in three installments with no interests, 1/3 of the amount is to be paid between order and delivery, 1/3 12 months after delivery and 1/3 24 months after delivery without affecting boat property
Notes: optional engines may be fitted: 1x185hp inboard Turbo Diesel (max. speed 27 knots), 1x240hp inboard Turbo Diesel (max. speed 30 knots) and 2x165hp inboard Turbo Diesel (max. speed 30 knots)
Standard fittings: bow platform, pulpit with lifeline, 4 mooring bitts, 2 cockpit hawses, 1 hatch, 2 portholes.

IMPRESSIONS

SEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
Wind: 10 knots blowing from land
Sea: moderate

PERFORMANCE
(with 6 passengers and 106 gallons of liquid on board)
Time needed to reach planing speed: 4 seconds with flaps and 6 seconds without flaps
Stop time from cruising speed: 5 seconds
Crash stop time: 7 seconds
Maximum speed: 31.8 knots - Cruising speed: 27 knots

EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITY

Deck: neopentilic gelcoat and vynilester resins, (deck and sides in hand-stratified neopentilic gelcoat with isoftalic resins and corefoam sandwich) with a 10-year warranty against osmosis and structural defects
Lockers: forward anchor locker, cockpit locker on floor level, bait well and refrigerated fishbox in aft platform
Helm station in cockpit: pilot seat with double adjustment, hydraulic wheel steering, Ultraflex throttle remote controls, full instruments and engine indicators, compass, electric panel and electronic instrument dashboard.

INTERIOR

Layout and characteristics: galley to port with stainless steel sink, two-burner range and 21-gallon refrigerator. Separated bathroom includes sink, marine-type toilet and shower. Dinette is fitted with table and convertible settees (2-4 berths). Interiors are lined with varnished cherry wood paneling, upholstery on request
Cockpit arrangement and fittings: bow platform, sunning area, bow pulpit, optional hard top, on request cockpit may be fitted with multi-function cabinets with sink and two settees, aft platform with recessed swimming ladder and bait well and refrigerated fishbox. Deck fittings are in AISI 316 L stainless steel; windows are in tempered glass.