The third and the purest, version of the fifteen meters from Brunello Acampora’s Victory Team has arrived. A true lobster yacht, with an elegant shape, which is efficient when underway
by Luca Sordelli – photo by Andrea Muscatello
SHIMMERING COLOURS AND SHIMMERING SHAPES. It changes according to how you look at it. The Solaris 48 Power is a boat that is alive. That is the first feeling I got the moment I saw it at the quay. And I thought the same thing, if not more so when I saw it underway. The colour of the first boat of the line, the one I tried out, is a kind of beetle blue which continually changes with the light; but even the corners that tell the story of its outline never stay the same: for example, the sides in the bow open upwards, whereas in the stern, by contrast, they close further in as they go up. Shaped in the same way, tapering inwards, is the central deckhouse with its link to the bow sun pad and then with the taffrail and the way it softly blends with the real platform.
In the latest variant, after the flybridge and open versions, this fifteen-meter boat officially reaches its highest and purest form. It continues, increasingly well, the yard’s and Brunello Acampora’s process of reinterpreting the classic lobster boats of the American East Coast in a modern key. The lack of a second deck or even of a simple T-top gives the boat very balanced lines which are very much in keeping with the original design approach.
The interior features perfectly clean, formal lines where high-quality materials clearly show Solaris’ building ability.
The forward part of the central structure opens up to allow light and fresh air into the steering-kitchen-dinette area, while the section furthest aft houses a sun pad which you reach from a ladder from the cockpit. This folds away and is hidden in the part of the roof which provides shade to the living area, is very solid and doesn’t generate vibrations, even when you are going at top speed. However, the system that is used to fold it away is too complicated for my taste.
The sleeping deck allows for two set-ups: two cabins and two bathrooms, or just one bathroom and a dinette. There is also the option of customising it, as was the case with the version we tried out, which has a single open space with a bathroom just for the cabin.
By contrast, I liked how easy it is to get around onboard. It has a classic walkaround layout, the gangways are wide and well protected, and there are a lot of grab handles in the right places. I love boats where the flow of people has been properly studied, where there aren’t large empty spaces, but rather a certain density which ensures safety, so there is always something to hang on to when you are underway, in addition to making the most of the volumes available. Another novelty is that the stern, above the tender garage, doesn’t feature a single, large sun pad, but rather a convertible area: a living area in which the backs of the sofa can come down, and a central table which can be quickly lowered if required.
The details are the outcome of careful project work done by Brunello Acampora’s Victory Design firm.
As expected, the Solaris 48 boasts the same excellent navigational qualities that we had already had the chance to test on the Fly and Open models.
The hull by Victory Design is a real jewel. Soft, precise and fun. The boat we tried had two 480 horsepower Volvo Penta D6s combined with two IPS 650s, and – above anything else – the figures show a decidedly efficient hull propulsion system. At twenty knots you use very little fuel, 4.7 litres for every nautical mile travelled at what is the economy cruising speed, and with a range that exceeds 350 miles. The level of comfort is still excellent even if you open up the throttle a bit: at 25 knots you can still travel with decidedly reduced consumption levels, 5 litres per mile, and in complete silence.
The hull design is a miniature masterpiece: soft, precise, and with extremely high-performance levels.
We reached top speed, just over 34 knots, at 3750 rpm. I liked the light way in which the Solaris Power 48 Lobster did its turns then – they may not have been very tight, but they were contained, and never nervous. And finally, high marks should be awarded for the quality of the driving position: external visibility is excellent, the instruments can be easily read, and the adjustable seat and the throttle positions are fine. All very classic, all very coherent and extremely functional.
The stern area has the same very refined design that spans across all three versions of the boat, which seems to have been sculpted in fibreglass and which houses a garage which can take a 2.5-metre long tender.
The standard set-up in the engine room is for two IPS 600 Volvo Pentas with 435 hp D6s. Or you can have, as we had on the test boat, two 650s with D6s each of 480 horsepower. But fuel consumption levels are still good, 4.7 litres per mile, for an economical cruising speed of 20 knots.
PROJECT: Victory Design Brunello Acampora (naval architecture, deck and interiors) and Norberto Ferretti (concept and product development)
HULL: LOA 14.86m • Waterline length 13.40m • Maximum beam 4.87m • Draft 1.05m • Full load displacement 17,550 kg • Light mass displacement 14,750 kg • Fuel tank volume 1,500 l • Water tank volume 430 l
MAIN PROPULSION: 2x Volvo Penta D6 IPS 650 • Outlet mechanical power 353 kW (480 hp) • 6 cylinders • Bore & Stroke 103mm x 110mm • Total swept volume 5.5 l • Maximal rotational speed 3700/min • Weight 920 kg
EC CERTIFICATION: CAT A-12
PRICE: 1,050,000 € for the single cabin version • 1,070,000 € for the two cabins and two bathrooms version • 42,000 € extra charge for 2xIPS650 instead of 2xIPS600
(Solaris Power 48 Lobster, sculpted by the sea – Barchemagazine.com – April 2021)