We tried out the Heritage Open, a boat of less than ten metres in length, classed as a natante in Italy, and entirely made from aluminium, powered with three 300 hp Mercury outboards
by Massimo Longoni
HERITAGE OPEN IS A BOAT THAT HAS A SIMPLE LOOK, and which is built by Reale in their Pisa yard. It is built entirely from aluminium, a material that boasts unusual lightness and strength, that is resistant to osmosis and is up to a third lighter than traditional solutions, and that ensures unquestionable benefits in terms of the power that can be fitted, and also in terms of fuel consumption.
The boat is particularly quick to respond to the helm and is easy to control as you just need to give it a touch to adjust the course. It is decisive when on the waves because of a nice hull design and a stern deadrise that means the hull sticks to the water.
The Heritage has a prolonged bow above water, which deflects the water spray caused by waves hitting the hull, even in rough conditions, meaning that the deck is especially dry and that large sofa-sunbeds can be used in the bow area. The areas onboard have been carefully designed, with a central console and three seats featuring Ullman shock absorbers so that you can safely take on even the toughest waves and handle acceleration and the thrilling performance capabilities of the boat. The stern area is fitted out with a sofa and sun pad. The large, protected walk-round side passages make getting from stern to bow and vice-versa safe, even with children on board.
The aesthetic impact shows the strong character of aluminium, with the bow polished like a mirror and the topsides treated with nano-technology paints to protect the materials from corrosion and over-heating from sunlight.
It is a sports boat that is suitable to take to sea a family for comfortable days immersed in nature. We enjoyed trying it out in the waters off the marina in Pisa. We were accompanied by Nico Laude, the CEO of Reale Yachts, who are building a 32-metre superyacht, which is close to being launched. Heritage is powered with three 300 hp Mercury outboards, which mean that it has a power to weight ratio of over four kilos per horsepower.
The sea wasn’t very rough during the test and we had around 500 litres of fuel and six people on board. With the trim tabs set at ten per cent positive, the boat felt safe. The stability became clear as we went across the wakes created by other boats, in the tight turns at over forty knots and the excellent manoeuvrability, even in reduced areas. We started planing in around six seconds and, at 5,500 rpm, we reached 54.1 knots. The boat responds immediately, as there is a lot of horsepowers available and the hull, designed by Francesco Rogantin, is deep and has good proportions at the waterline. The results are noticeable.
At top speed, we used 281 litres per hour, which fell to 200 when we were doing eight knots less, at 5000 rpm, and that figure halved when we were doing 42 knots at 4500 rpm. At 30 knots, which we felt was an excellent cruising speed, we only used 63 litres per hour. At anchor, the boat was very stable thanks to the significant beam in the construction. You can choose between various kinds of engine, with two 350 hp outboards, or a pair of engines with stern drives.
The power from the 4,600cc in the Mercury Verado V-8 pushed Reale’s Heritage beyond 54 knots top speed. The fuel consumption figure was very good, with only 2.5 litres of petrol used every nautical mile.
PROJECT: Shipyard technical department • Naval architecture by Francesco Rogantin
HULL: LOA 11.45m • Length 9.95m • Maximum beam 3.75m • Displacement when powered with standard engines 5,000 kg • Fuel tank volume 900 l • Water tank volume 250 l • Engines as standard 2 Mercury Verado 300 hp
MAIN PROPULSION (as tested): 3 Mercury 300 • Outlet mechanical power 224 kW (300 hp) • 8 V-shaped cylinders • Bore&Stroke 92mm x 86mm • Swept volume 4.6 l • Compression ratio 1.75:1 • Maximal rotational speed 6000/min • Weight 272 kg
EC CERTIFICATION: CAT B for 12 people • CAT C for 16 people
PRICE: 380,000 € as standard, Excl.VAT; 398,000 € powered with 3×300 Mercury (June 2021)
(Heritage Open, strong and light – Barchemagazine.com – Giugno 2021)