Bruckmann Yachts Abaco 40By Capt. Bill Pike
CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTAir temperature: 80°F; humidity 80%; seas: calm
LOAD DURING BOAT TEST60 gal. fuel, 75 gal. water, 3 persons, 100 lb. gear.
TEST BOAT SPECIFICATIONS
Test Engine: 1/670-mhp Cummins QSM11 diesel inboard
Transmission/Ratio: ZF325A, 1.49:1 ratio
Props: 25 x 26 5-blade ZF
Price as Tested: $850,000
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Speeds are two-way averages measured w/ Furuno GPS sensor. GPH estimates taken via Cummins 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: 6-kW Onan generator ($15,200)
upgrade to 670-mhp Cummins QSM11 diesel inboard ($8,500)
thruster upgrade to variable speed, both bow and stern ($13,270)
teak decking in cockpit ($8,200)
16,000-Btu Cruisair AC for pilothouse ($9,200)
2/8,000-Btu Cruisair AC for interior ($16,800).
Better Boat: Smooth Operator
Years ago Mark Ellis worked for C. Raymond Hunt Associates, the outfit that’s more closely identified with deep-V hulls than any other design firm. But once he’d hung out his own shingle, Ellis began looking for something a bit more cruiseworthy—a hullform that would boost lower-speed performance but maintain directional stability and cut the deep-V’s hefty horsepower demands. What he came up with was a running surface that features deep-V-like sections forward, sections amidships with a lesser V (and radiused apexes), and after sections with radically broad chineflats. The upshot, as we saw during our sea trial of the Abaco 40 (with 2-foot-wide chineflats), is a rough-water-capable vessel that planes flat at relatively low speeds due to stern lift. “This makes sense for cruising people,” says Ellis, “I mean it’s great to ram around in a runabout doing 22 knots all day but, if you’re cruising, you want to go slow sometimes. My chineflat boat will let you do that efficiently.”
Mark Ellis Design, 860-581-8370; www.markellisdesign.ca
This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.