Comfort and performance. Under sail and power: this is the cruise according to German Frers
by Niccolò Volpati
TOUGH CONDITIONS, ALMOST EXTREME. Typical of the Gulf of Tigullio, where either there’s no wind or there’s way too much. And for our test, as often happens at these latitudes, the situation is that of almost total dead calm. We’re aboard the Euphoria 54, the first in a family that’ll soon be getting bigger. Coming soon, this September, is the 68 and, in 2016, most probably a 84-footer. The yard is Sirena Marine, already renowned for the Azuree. This new brand is for the demanding ship-owner who loves elegant hulls and truly modern cruising.
We break mooring and have the opportunity to put the motor fully to test. It demonstrates excellent performance, both in terms of speed and noise limitation. We get up to a maximum of nine knots and cruise comfortably above eight. The soundproofing of the engine compartment is remarkable, keeping the decibels down to just over seventy, all thanks to the insulating foam panelling.
We slip into overdrive and find ourselves navigating at between eight and nine knots with merely 2000 revs. Amazing. It seems centuries since sail-boats motored at a max of around five knots and yet it’s been only a few years. The overdrive guarantees an exceptional experience, because, by keeping down the revs, not only do you keep down costs, but you also keep noise to a entirely bearable minimum. Even for night motoring, we are confident that passengers in the aft cabins won’t come up comatose.
The weather is stubbornly recalcitrant. Great for a spot of tackling, but not for testing on a tack. Because Euphoria is a cruiser, not a thoroughbred racer, eminently comfortable and spacious up topside and down below. But something to bear in mind is that it’s been designed by Germán Frers, one who doesn’t easily give up on performance. And his curriculum is proof, from the Moro di Venezia to the various Wallys.
And so, despite the very little wind, we up the mainsail and genny to have a look at what the instruments can tell us. The SOG shows almost five knots close-hauled and more than six at 60°. More than enough, especially considering that the wind is at between 5 and 6 knots and that Euphoria has to budge its own sixteen and a half metres and more than 17 dry tons. In any case, the Frers-penned waterlines and appendages do not disappoint.
Despite its nature as a cruiser, it offers good performance under sail, even in light winds, such as today. However, these are surely not the preferred conditions for this boat designed to give its best offshore and with stronger and more challenging winds. There are no sharp edges and this means that by distancing itself from the latest fashions, it is not going to age quickly. The deck layout is classic. All primary control lines lead back to cockpit and helm, so it’s easy to handle with a limited crew. A tad disagreeable is that the two wheel columns don’t have room for a plotter. This was solved by placing one on the base of the cockpit table, but, given the dimensions of the craft, surely they could have done better here. To be improved upon might also be the inflatable raft that is stored in one of the under-bench lockers and therefore tricky to pull out and jettison in a jiffy. Super, though, is the generously-sized tender garage and teak abounds from the far bow to the tilting stern platform. The interior has been taken care of by Design Unlimited. There are nice finishes, an elegant selection of fabrics and everything is functional.
The chart table is large, a little less the kitchenette, which is most definitely marine, but too cramped to allow two people to whip up a bite together. The ceiling in the dinette and all cabins is at almost two metres and there is a good deal of air above the bunks and in the three bathrooms. Comfort at sea is also determined in the details. For example, there’s natural light in abundance through the windows and portholes dotted along the deck and sides. Gone the sunlight, the optimal LED lighting more than makes do, showing off, just as with the rest of the boat, a perfect synergy between functionality and aesthetics.
Interior layout with crew cabin at bow • Additional fuel tank of 50 l • Carbon mast
Istanbul sales Office
Abdi Ipekçi Cad. Ada Apt. No: 22/18 K:5 Nisantasi
PERFORMANCES AND DETAILS
Project: German Frers (Waterlines and deck), Design Unlimited (interior) and Sirena Marine
Hull: Overall length 16.46m • Waterline length 14.96m • Max beam 4.90m • Standard draft 2.40/3.00m • Light displacement 17,100 kg • Ballast 6,200 kg • Fuel tank capacity 400 l • Water tank capacity 630 l • Main sail area 95 sqm • Genoa area 71 sqm
Engine: Volvo Penta D2/75F • 4 stroke • 4 cylinders • Power 72 hp (53 kW) • Bore&Stroke 84mm x 100mm • Compression ratio 23.3:1 • Swept volume 2.2 l • Max torque 2700/300 rpm • Dry weight 264 kg• sail drive • Three blades propeller with overdrive
EC Certification: CAT A 10 people
Price: from 750,000 € (Excl.VAT)
(Euphoria 54, leaving or living? – Barchemagazine.com – August 2015)