The Anvera 48 shows a great weight/power ratio for exciting performance levels without using too much fuel. Thanks to the use of carbon, the hull, the engines and work that was done entirely at the shipyard
by Niccolò Volpati – photo by Andrea Muscatello
Challenges are compelling if you try to do something new. And we know that the team which produced the Anvera is used to challenges. Not just in the world of business and production, but also in speedboat racing. So how is Anvera 48 different from all the many other maxi RIBs on the market?
It is made of carbon fibre, but not in the sense that the rollbar and a bit of something on the deck are made from it. It is truly entirely made in carbon fibre.«You really can’t make a fourteen and a half metre boat which only weighs nine tonnes if you don’t use carbon fibre»,states Luca Ferrari.
And the weight issue was certainly an obsession for the yard. Limited weight to obtain excellent performance levels at speed, without consuming a whole oil field every time that you open up the throttle. We couldn’t have more inviting locations to see the results of the production and design work: Ibiza and Formentera. At the stern there are two Mercury Diesel engines, each producing 550 hp, with adjustable, five-blade Radice surface propellers and the Top System transmissions, which gives steering assistance using automatic trim and flap adjustment. When we had only just left the harbour, we found some waves that were coming from the south.
We had fun taking them both straight and side on. The Anvera 48 hull, which was designed by Andrea Frabetti, handles well. It has a 15.5 degree deadrise angle, and a redan. It tackles the waves without jumping around much, or without plunging into troughs. You can let yourself go into a half metre wave at full speed without being in danger of flipping the rest of the crew out of the boat. Heading towards Formentera, I appreciate what it means to have the right power for a given weight of boat. A hundred and ten horsepower isn’t a huge amount, but we get up to a full 50 knots.
I think is more comfortable at around 40 knots, and I am surprised to see the fuel consumption figures. We just needed 3.5 litres a mile to go at that speed. More or less the same figure that the flowmeter shows when we were doing 30. This is another detail, which allows us to understand the efficiency of the hull. There was nearly no change in litre per mile figures at 30 and 40 knots. Just half a litre’s difference. At 50, obviously, that figure rises, but is still not a lot, given that it only gets to four litres.
That is all thanks to carbon fibre, to the water lines and two engines, which are powerful, but not too much. Anvera 48f eels like a tightrope walker who never loses his balance. The route it takes is like a stretched rope to cross. On one side there is speed, and on the other fuel consumption, but it manages to move forward without falling to one side or the other. Just as soon as we reach Formentera, the tongues of sand from the white beaches protect us from the waves and so we unleash our desire to do manoeuvres.
The Top System doesn’t just help to adjust the flaps and the trim, and thus to sail with the right trim at all times, but also means that you can turn in complete safety. It actually also adjusts propeller revs, so you get a maxi RIB that is very easy to handle and always safe, even when doing tight turns.
Now let’s move over on to the completely customised setup. On this model, below decks there is a big double cabin, a large, comfortable bathroom and a technical room. There isn’t much ventilation because the air only comes from the companionway, but there is of course air conditioning. On deck, the distinctive element are the lateral terrace platforms which open up to provide a still larger area when at anchor.
I confess that platforms don’t always do very much for me. They are fashionable at the moment, and it looks as if nobody can do without them. But these I can appreciate, not just because of how much they extend the cockpit, but also because the water is brought into very close contact. That is also thanks to the design of the stern, and the platform that covers propellers and transmission. In fact when we use the remote control to lower the platforms, it feels as if I were floating around on an inflatable mattress in a swimming pool.
I really appreciated the Anvera 48 driving position. The ergonomics of the seat immediately prove that the project has been designed by somebody who has real experience of speedboat. You can stand up, and there is a good backrest, which gives wrap-round support. Alternatively, you can raise the seat and still enjoy excellent visibility. That is also because of a windscreen, which is made in a single piece, without brackets or other elements to block the view in the middle of the glass.
When we have finished looking at all these features, time is up and the sun is about to go down. It is a good thing that the fuel consumption is good, as we have been out for over four hours. But I’m still hungry for more, because this is a fun boat which is easy to steer. We have one last ride left into Ibiza harbour.
I asked Luca Ferrari if I can stay at the helm, and he was happy to let me. He came alongside and started tinkering with the throttle, so I could concentrate on the wheel. It is not every day that you get to have an offshore racing champion as co-pilot. It feels as if we were on the bumper cars in the fairground, when one of you presses the pedal and the other steers.
In the open sea, between the two islands, there are a few waves and, above all, a lot of wakes left by boats that are going back to harbour. We went at 50 knots to the port and just as we are reducing speed, Massimo Papini emerged from the cabin. After a hard day’s work begun early in the morning, perhaps he was hoping for a softer return, which is why he holed up in the cabin. He looked at us, smiled, and said: «so champs, was that fun enough?».
Project: Andrea Frabetti and Anvera
Hull: LOA 14.50m • Length 12.90m • Waterline length 11.85m • Maximum beam 4.91m • Maximum beam with opened terraces 5.51m • Draft 0.80m – Tube diameter 0.57/0.80m •Ligh mass displacement 9.000 kg • Full mass dispalcement 10.500 kg • Fuel tank volume 1.400 Water tank volume 400 l
Main Propulsion: 2xMercury Diesel 6.7 •Outlet mechanical power 404 kW (505 hp) – cilindrata swept volume
6.7 l•6 cylinders in line • Bore & Stroke 104mm X132mm • Maximal rotational speed 3.280/min • Transmission Top System TT45 S with surface propellers
EC Certification: CAT B 12 people
Price: 795.000 €, Excl. VAT (as standard)
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(Anvera 48, balancing like a tightrope walker – Barchemagazine.com – Ottobre 2018)