A ten-meter boat for cruising, but one with a sporty soul. A beautiful hull that delivers good performance without the need to overdo it in terms of power or fuel consumption
by Luca Sordelli
Ten meters long with a beam of three meters: this isn’t just the typical size for a hull that is trying to keep within certification limits. This small boat has a lot more to offer. Ranieri’s latest creation brings together a lot of innovation and interesting content within the confines dictated by its dimensions. Its most intriguing aspect comes in something that isn’t easy to see but is distinctly noticeable when you are underway: the hull.
The hull on the Next 330 LX has a new design, which the yard calls HIS, or Hull Innovative System, with easier airflow to make the double redan steps more efficient. The waterlines have been completely redesigned, with new outlines, and it has been set up so you can add chines. This typically American style means the boat is also suitable for the transatlantic market.
Another important new development is the Fully Developed Cockpit System, a unibody arrangement that brings together the deck, the structural frame that the cabin rests on, and the tank holders. And then the maximum width continues for more than two-thirds of the length of the hull, with the aim being to ensure more room onboard, as well as greater strength.
The test meant I could see the effect of all these developments. Let’s start with the most straightforward figure – top speed. We did 45.3 knots, with trim at 60%, the water hardly moving, and light side wind. Not bad for a cruiser with so much room, powered by two Suzuki DF300APs, which is a long way off the top output usable, which is 2 x 400 hp. In the end, it seemed a more than suitable choice, given that the acceleration can even keep perpetual grumblers happy: three seconds are required to start planing, and eight to reach thirty knots. So, there is no lack of thrills. And, if you look at the performance curves, the Next 330 LX works best at around 3500 rpm, which is at 60% of its total power. At those revs, you do 23 knots, and use just 2.11 liters a mile (48 liters per hour), in complete comfort. This is an exemplary economy cruising speed.
It is also extremely precise in going where you want it to go (even at high speed) and the consequent nice feeling of sitting well on the water. You just have to work the trim right, and take it right down in the tighter turns, which is fairly standard for fast boats with two steps. But there is practically no point in using flaps when the water is flat and there isn’t much wind.
The deck layout on the Next 330 LX is both classic and functional. Going aft, the living area is substantial, with comfortable seats for eight people that come from the fold-down benches. The electric table disappears down to floor level and can quickly be turned into a sun pad.
The lines of the Next 330 LX are instantly recognisable: the bow is semi-vertical with a large stainless steel stemhead for the anchor, while the sides have a lot of horizontal windows which incorporate the cabin portholes.
The bridge dashboard is spectacular and imposing, with a comfortable double seat for driver and co-driver. Behind them is the kitchen area, with a sink, two-ring oven, and a double fridge with sliding drawers. At the two ends of the boat, you get a large and uninterrupted sun area in the bow which includes, below the windscreen, a double chair complete with upholstered central armrest, glass holder, and back support; whereas in the stern, there is comfortable double access to the water, thanks to the two swim platforms alongside the Japanese engines. And finally, we should note that the Soverato-based yard wasn’t wrong to call this an LX: it stands for Lusso, or “luxury”, and there is no lack of it, for example in details such as the welded stainless steel grab handles, cushions with visible stitching and great attention to detail throughout.
There is a wide choice of engines, ranging from 2 x 250 horsepower up to 2 x 400 hp. It was a good call having the test boat fitted with two Suzuki DF300APs. A notable top speed of 45.3 knots is backed by an excellent economy cruising speed of 23 knots, with 48 liters per hour of fuel used.
HULL: LOA 10.15m • Length 9.10m • Maximum beam 3m • Light mass displacement 3,700 kg • Fuel tank volume 700 l • Water tank volume 130 l • Maximum rated power 2×400 hp • Minimum rated power 2×250 hp
MAIN PROPULSION: 2 Suzuki DF300AP • Outlet mechanical power 220 kW (300 hp) • Bore&Stroke 98mm x 89mm • Swept volume 4,028 l • Gear ratio 2.08:1 • Maximal rotational speed 6300/min • Weight 290 kg
EC CERTIFICATION: CAT B-C • No. of people onboard 12B – 14C
PRICE: 138,000€, Excl. VAT • Engine costs DF300AP 26,300€ each, Excl. VAT
(Ranieri International Next 330 LX, beautiful, and available – Barchemagazine.com – February 2022)