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January 2004

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Lino Pastorelli


The name Spertini Alalunga has been linked to the image of elegant, marine yachts for over forty years. Who could forget the famous Sport Fisherman series, a real "must" for Italian anglers in the seventies, or the speedy Panthers, or again, the classic Alalunga 72' motor yachts still in production? That is the inheritance handed down to this sporty Alalunga 85 Open, presented at the last Genoa Boat Show by the Lavagna boatyard. Let us say right away that this is a pure open where the covering of the external living area is a soft-top or awning. Few compromises with regard to a direct relationship with sun and sky: a terrace on the sea at 40 knots.

The philosophy behind the division of space is explained by architect Carlo Galeazzi, creator of interiors and exteriors: ".this boat was built to meet a specific client request involving maximum respect for the privacy of the owner, guests and crew. So the different areas had to be separated, which meant maximum exploitation of available space." This was achieved by the adoption of a double lower deck, fairly unusual on a boat of this size. The companionway beyond the sliding door on the starboard side of the bridge leads to an initial access area where we find, in line with the principle that life on an open must be lived outdoors, the two service areas nearest to the external deck, a daytime bathroom and, on the port side, the galley. Proceeding forward you go down to the lower deck, the "guest area". The double VIP cabin forward has staggered levels of low furniture that create an effect of depth, further accentuated by the puppet- theatre style framing of the portholes. The materials, in a contrast of sober tones, are the same ones used in both the guests' and the owner's quarters: the furniture in pale maple with wenge shelves, brown leather for the bed surrounds, panelled cupboard fronts and bedheads, ceilings partly varnished and partly in Ultra Leather, and dark wenge floors.

In the bathroom a rare Portoro marble, black with gold veining, matches with the ceramic washbasin and the delicate varnishes on ceiling and walls. The shower is in a separate compartment with a multi-function column and classic teak duckboard. The second guest cabin, with the same level of finish and accessories, has twin beds. From the distribution area, if we may call it that, you go down aft to the owner's quarters. At the bottom of the wenge companionway, where courtesy lights and an illuminated handrail emphasise the vanishing points, there is a conversation lounge with a roomy sofa for those all-important moments of relaxation, away from the dazzling Mediterranean atmosphere, where you can enjoy what the sophisticated on-board entertainment system has to offer on the wide plasma screen. Opposite there is a study, equipped with latest generation satellite communication instruments.


Overall length.: 26.10 m
Beam: 6.20m
Draft: 1.10m
Displacement: 48.000 kg
Engines: 2 x MTU 12V2000 M91
Transmission: Arneson ASD 14
Maximum speed: 40 knots
Cruising speed: 36 knots
Water tank: 1.500 litres
Fuel tank: 3.000 litres.

For further information you can contact the shipbuilder directly: CN Spertini Alalunga, Via dei Devoto, 171- I 16033-Lavagna (GE) Italy tel.+3901853040000, fax +390185308365 e-mail :

The owner makes extensive use of this splendid commuter, a fully functional office being vital to him. In the case of different requirements the same space could be another cabin. In any case the sofa can be turned into a bed. In the owner's cabin, with a slight alteration to the entrance walls you can create space for bookshelves and a large TV, the latter of course facing the bed. The tooled leather, a modern version of button tufted leather, the contrasting tones of wood, the wenge Venetian blinds and the soft colours all combine to create a sensation of roomy intimacy. And it should not be forgotten that this is a full beam cabin. really wide, with space for a dressing table and several fairly large wardrobes. Six oval portholes in unbreakable glass let natural light into the space, as in the study and the saloon. The bathrooms also reflect these proportions: there are in fact two identical, symmetrical bathrooms linked by a Multishower space, which is to say with multifunction column and sauna. A quick word about the crew's mess: reached by going down from the galley to the deck immediately below it is really cosy, and it is commendable to see less Formica and more well-finished wood. From their dinette, equipped with TV, DVD and stereo, the main deck can also be checked by video. Descending to the lower deck you come to the captain's single and the crew's twin cabin while the bathroom, with separate shower area, is in the same materials as the others, which is to say ceramics and Portoro marble. This area also houses the other service rooms: laundry, freezer and pantry. The galley is practical in design, as is the rest of the boat: a 550 litre fridge plus freezer, electric and microwave ovens, dishwasher, glass-ceramic hob and good work surfaces. The main deck is the real living area of the '85 open. The two divided dining areas virtually converge towards the steering zone, where the backrest of the bridge seat contains yet another (raiseable) plasma screen. The sundecks, following the current, fairly logical trend, can be arranged with mini armchairs and chaise-longues, thus getting away from the rigid pattern of large predefined areas solely for sun- worshipping. However there is also an area of this kind forward, with space for about ten people. The awning over the cockpit, where speedy intervention is vital should the weather turn bad, resulted from insight on the part of Pietro Mussio, the boatyard's young architect. Astern there is a spacious platform, accessible by way of symmetrical stairways. Apart from its obvious purpose as access to the sea for swimming, it also permits handling the tender on davits and the movement of the retractable hydraulic gangplank. The tender is a three and a half metre inflatable dinghy with a high-power hydrojet. To give an idea of the part below the waterline that corresponds to these elegant topside lines, here are the words of Andre Bacigalupo, creator of innumerable fast hulls (Mangusta, Leopard, Panther etc.) and designer of this boat's bottom and overall structure: ".the Alalunga 85 Open has a bottom specially designed for use with surface screws: this means that the after half is monohedric, with suitable volumes, of which the screw bosses are almost a continuation, with three support runners to increase lift and directionality and a protrusion angle of 15°. A good compromise between excellent seaworthiness and the power necessary for outstanding performance." Bacigalupo also mentioned the various solutions employed to reduce noise and vibration, from the special underwater exhaust outlets to the use of Rubber Design joints that permit optimum alignments. Not forgetting the matter of weight distribution, fairly delicate on a boat that must never be too bow heavy. The large 1060 mm diameter 5 blade Radice Mibral screws, mounted on an Arneson ASD 14, have proved to be the ideal trait-d'union for offloading the 3000 HP of the MTU engines into the sea, achieving a cruising speed of 35 knots even in not wholly calm seas. We were told of a problem-free Sicily Channel crossing in force 5+ conditions at an average of 28 knots. There is now a Hard Top version of the Open 85: a slightly different philosophy of use, but the same high quality.