Fiart 35 Seawalker, surprisingly spacious

After the 43 and the 39, the third walkaround model from the Seawalker range has arrived. It can be powered by stern drives or outboards, and it has a huge stern platform

by Niccolò Volpati

A lot of people know the rule that says it is easier to go up than down. I am not talking about walking in the mountains, but about designing boats. The Seawalker range, the most recent from the Fiart yard, opened with the 43, then there was the 39 and hot on its heels, the 35. These are walkarounds, featuring a design that gets them noticed, but also innovative solutions. Aesthetics and function were brought together, as the pioneers of Italian industrial design ruled. Already from the quay, one’s attention immediately falls upon the stern platform that surrounds the two outboard motors and which allows the 35, which is only classed as a natante boat, to gain a metre-and-a-half in length overall.

There is a good amount of room below decks, although it falls within the natante classification. A family of four can use it for short and medium-range cruises.

As a consequence, it has a larger surface, which is perfect for getting into the water. I lay down on the quay to have a look at the platform from below. The fibreglass is very thick and even the steel mechanism that means it can be lowered or raised seems decidedly robust. It is a platform that can be kept in a neutral position, so at the same level as the deck, or it can be lowered to give access to the water and render the swimming ladder nearly useless. Or finally, it can be raised to allow the outboards to be tilted and kept out of the water, to avoid incrustation and fouling.

In addition to the platform that surrounds the outboards, there are also the two side bulkheads of the cockpit which can fold down, and add to having a very open stern area. In the middle of the cockpit, there is a triple sun pad, while the living area, with a straight sofa, has been located in the bow area. There are no handrails, but the sides are sufficiently high to ensure that getting through is safe enough. Perhaps a few grab handles could have been added around the central console, to provide an extra handhold. I would say you can’t do without the T-Top which protects the seats for the helm and assistant. Below decks, the layout ensures that there are full four-bed spaces and there too the solutions are aimed at both looking good and being functional.

The headroom at the entrance is excellent if you are less than two metres tall. Of course, the part of the cabin further forward, and also the bunks under the cockpit, have less height. But regardless of that, the headroom is surprising for a natante class boat. And that is also the case for the internal space. Also, the amount of natural light, as is the case for other models in the range, is perfectly dosed: neither too much nor too little, so it comes below decks and helps to create a feeling of space. An example of that is in the strip of light on the forward part of the deckhouse, which is right under the straight sofa in the bows.  The deckhouse is very broad, although it is only a few centimetres high, and so it enables one to see out and allows light into the convertible cabin in the bow. Since we are talking about outboards, there are a lot of options in terms of power. You can go for a pair of 250, 300 or 350 horsepower engines, or even two stern drives with a minimum of 240 hp up to a maximum of 320.

For our test, I was given two V8 4.6 litre Mercury Verados each producing 300 horsepower. That was a halfway house between the minimum and maximum allowed in total from the outboards. To start planning we needed just over eighteen knots and 3,700 rpm. The GPS showed a top speed of 37.2 knots when we were using 182 litres per hour in total. At more or less every speed, the litres per nautical mile figure varied between 4 and 5.5. I felt that the windscreen provided a satisfactory level of visibility and protection, and I also felt it was agile enough – not least because the outboards mean it can turn tightly. The trim wasn’t impeccable, especially with the way it tilted to the side.

It doesn’t have an especially large range, since the tank only holds 760 litres. That is more than enough for day trips and weekends, but less so for anyone who wants to sail further.

The boat is equipped with interceptors and the best advice is to let the Zipwakes do their job since the trim gets much flatter without any fuss or problems. It has a bow/stern balance without the use of interceptors. It doesn’t sit back, nor does it lean too far forward. The stern platform is very strong, as mentioned earlier, but especially when travelling in displacement mode and before starting to plane, it is completely submerged, creating drag. However, it is electro-hydraulic and so can be raised. That’s the best thing to do, especially if you aren’t planning, and having it out of the water means that it doesn’t get worn down.

Engine data
There are three power ratings available for the pair of outboards, from 250 to 350 horsepower each, while with stern drives there are four options: ranging from 240 each up to 320 hp.

FIART MARE
Via Lucullo, 71
I-80070 Baia (NA)
T. +39 081 8040023
www.fiart.com

PROJECT
Shipyard technical department

HULL
LOA 11.56m • Maximum beam 3.82m • Draft 0.67m • Fuel tank volume 760 l • Water tank volume 250 l • Dry displacement 5,500 kg

MAIN PROPULSION
2 Mercury Verado 300 • Outlet mechanical power 229 kW (300 hp) • 8 V-shaped cylinders • Swept volume 4.6 l • Gear ratio 1.85:1 • Maximal rotational speed 5200 – 6000/rpm • Dry weight 272 kg

EC CERTIFICATION
CAT B

PRICE
Starting from 264,000 € powered with 2 V300 AMS Verado engines of 300 hp (March 2022)

(Fiart 35 Seawalker, surprisingly spacious – Barchemagazine.com – March 2022)