Not only electronics: during its annual meeting reserved for press previews, Navico presented its new instruments, starting with Simrad Cruise, but also the HOC 33, a ten-meter vessel made by Swedish shipyard HOC Yachts, which the Norwegian giant acquired in early 2018.
The choice of HOC Yachts was far from arbitrary. The Swedish shipyard is quite young, it was founded in 2014, but has always distinguished itself for its strong focus on home automation, smart management of on-board equipment, and technological research in general.
Navico thus consolidated its acquisition strategy, which was launched with the rather recent arrival in the group of Italian Naviop and of Yacht Defined, another Swedish brand that owns an interesting platform operating as an interface for cartography and all the instrumentation and equipment present on board.
As you step on board the HOC 33, your eye is immediately attracted by the technological soul of the boat, with the boundless dashboard that is nothing more than a single flush-mounted touch-screen, from which you can monitor and control all on-board systems and cartography. But this is only the tip of the iceberg – the hull also deserves a more detailed investigation.
It is a patent called Petestep and the main difference, with regard to traditional hulls, is the orientation of the hydrodynamic support strakes, which are no longer parallel to the keel, but rather placed in a diverging direction, towards the stern. According to Jonas Danielsson, its creator, this solution not only reduces the surface of the submerged hull but, above all, it limits the surface that gets wet due to the wake produced by the edges. This results in lower resistance, and therefore higher performance.
During our test, with just one Volvo Penta D6 400, the Swedish boat showed impressive agility on water as well as very good figures. Not only a remarkable top speed, just under 42 knots, but also decidedly limited fuel consumption: at economic cruising speed, where the hull-propeller combination shows the best efficiency, the Hoc 33 reached 23 knots burning only 3o liters per hour, which means 1.30 liters per mile. The data is good even if you climb to fast cruising speed, 30 knots: here the D6 requires a contribution of 42.2 liters per hour, that is, 1.42 liters per mile. Values that make you want to lick your fingers.
Waterline length. 9.21m
Maximum beam 3.10m
Displacement 3.850 kg
Main Propulsion Volvo Penta D6 400
Fuel Tank volume 380 l
Water tank volume 100 l
HOC 33: hi-tec – Barchemagazine.com – June 2019)