The hull is easy and comfortable, but no less exciting because of this. Performance is high even if you choose a smaller engine than the transom can handle
by Niccolò Volpati – photo by Andrea Muscatello
The first version, presented around two years ago, featured a pair of inboard-outboard engines. The Envy 1200 is now available with outboard engines on the transom. The possibilities are many: two or three engines and a power range from 800 to more than 1,200 hp. The first consideration is that this hull is truly capable of meeting a variety of needs, given that it can be adapted to such diverse installations. There are no steps and it has a deadrise angle of a good 24°. The hull, design, deck and interior are all developed by the shipyard, thanks to the work of Donato Montemitro.
For the test, I have two Yamaha V8 XTOs with 425 hp each. On paper, they are 350 hp short of the maximum installable engine, yet they’re really powerful. The acceleration is truly astonishing as it takes just over two seconds to start planning and only 18 seconds to get to top speed. Who knows what it can do with two 600-hp outboard engines or three 450-hp engines? The minimum speed for planning is less than twelve knots and at top speed, the GPS indicated almost 47 knots. The range is very broad – a good 35 knots to choose your preferred cruising speed. Fuel consumption depends on the speed, requiring three litres per mile when planning and double them at top speed, which is almost twice as much. And the instantaneous consumption for both engines, once again at top speed, is 309 litres per hour. Perhaps that is why the tank capacity could have been a little larger, so as to increase the range.
Indeed, when travelling at a speed of up to 20 knots, the range exceeds 200 miles but falls to 106 miles at top speed. The feeling at the helm is very positive. There’s not a breath of wind on the lake, but the trim is perfect at any speed. The bow is high above the surface and gives the idea that it can perform extremely well even in heavy seas. The windscreen is also excellent, protecting without obstructing the view. It’s a single piece, without uprights, which also becomes a hard top that provides maximum protection from the air when sailing, but also from the sun. The ergonomics also appear well thought out, with the handles, steering wheel and various buttons all within easy reach. We can say that the difference between inboard-outboard and outboard lies in the weight distribution and centre of gravity. In this case, the two Yamahas weigh aft, but the trim is not affected at all. The hull is also excellent when tacking. At full throttle, it lists just the right amount. It feels like being on a sports boat, but when it tilts, the tubes rest on the water, keeping the spray away from the deck.
The fibreglass cockpit sides struck me at first sight from the quayside and were something I was also able to appreciate while tacking. Fibreglass is not usually a subtle presence. The tubes often only come into play when turning, while during normal sailing they remain almost completely out of the water. This is also the case with the Envy 1200, although the design helps to “lighten” the shapes. Indeed, the sides do not continue all the way to the console or just before it. They stop just forward of the stern, giving a sense of protection that satisfies those in the cockpit, but without being overbearing. In addition, the deck floor is all on the same level, from the aft platforms surrounding the outboard engines to the helm console. The only steps provide access to the bow area, which is home to the sun deck. This is not only a solution that is pleasing to the eye but also makes it possible to create more volume in the cabin under the deckhouse. It could be argued that access to the bow is more difficult precisely because it is raised above the rest of the deck. But this is not the case, as the windscreen sides incorporate two handrails that allow you to reach the bow sun deck safely.
The deck layout is simple. The walkways run around the sides and the furniture is in the centre. This makes it easy to move around on board from the stern to the bow, accessing the cockpit rather than the helm station or bow area. The aft sofa is convertible. Moving the backrest towards the bow provides a living area, while conversely, you have a forward-facing seat that is ideal when sailing. The table has drop-down sides and electric controls. By adjusting the height one can decide to have eight dining places or a lower surface, rather like a bar top. The galley unit is external, but as an option, one can also be placed below the deck. The interior volumes and layout are very convincing. The forward cabin has enough space to accommodate two people during a cruise, while the bathroom, with a separate shower cubicle, is spacious and comfortable. The Envy 1200 is a sporty RIB, perfect for day trips, but its interior volumes also provide comfort for short or medium-range cruises for two people.
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Donato Montemitro Design
LOA 11,98m • Maximum beam 3,70m • Tube’s diameter 0.60-0.65 cm • 6 compartments • Fuel tank volume 700 l • Maximum power rated 1,200 hp
Yamaha V8 XTO • Outlet mechanical power 425 hp
• Swept volume 5,559 cc • V8 60° • Bore&Stroke 96mm x 96mm • Maximal rotational speed
5000-6000/min • Weight 442 kg
498,000€ Excl.VAT, powered with 2×425 V8 XTO Yamaha (April 2023)
(Scanner Envy 1200, ideal ergonomic – Barchemagazine.com – April 2023)