Astondoa Top Deck 63By Capt. Bill Pike
CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTAir temperature: 80°F; humidity 75%; seas: 1-2'
LOAD DURING BOAT TEST617 gal. fuel, 166 gal. water, 5 persons, 100 lb. gear.
TEST BOAT SPECIFICATIONS
Test Engine: 2/725-hp Volvo Penta IPS950s
Transmission/Ratio: IPS3A 1.88:1 ratio
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Speeds are two-way averages measured w/ Garmin GPS sensor. GPH estimates taken via Volvo Penta display. Range based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity.
Sound levels measured at the helm. 65 dB(A) is the level of normal conversation.
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT ON TEST BOAT
Noteworthy options: Trac or American Bow Thruster stabilizers
Opacmare Transformer system crane/swim ladder (prices upon request).
Better Boat: Transformer
When Flagship Marine Group’s Rafael Barca and I first arrived alongside the Astondoa Top Deck 63 on test day, there was no one onboard to power up the optional Opacmare Transformer (www.opacmare.it) at the stern. Hence, Barca’s deployment of the boarding ladder forward and our subsequent use of it. The Transformer, as you can see here, is a savvy hydraulically actuated device that does quadruple duty as a passerelle, swim ladder, tender lift, and loading platform. Had Barca already been aboard the 63 prior to my arrival he could have simply hit a switch to put the Transformer into play. The device evens things up quite nicely whenever a dock is higher than a swim platform. It also facilitates bringing aboard and launching water toys and tenders.
This article originally appeared in the February 2014 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.