Mangusta 94By Alan Harper
CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTAir temperature 71°F; humidity 56%; seas: 3'
LOAD DURING BOAT TEST705 gal. fuel, 343 gal. water, 5 persons, 1,300 lb. gear.
TEST BOAT SPECIFICATIONS
Test Engine: 2/2,600-bhp MTU 16V 2000 M94 diesels
Price as Tested: $11,772,000 (€8.72 million ex taxes, ex shipyard)
|Mangusta 94 - Final Boat Test Numbers:|
|Speeds are two-way averages measured w/ Simrad GPS display. GPH taken via MTU display. Range is based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity. Decibels measured at the helm. 65 dB(A) is the level of normal conversation.|
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT ON TEST BOAT
NOTEWORTHY OPTIONS: Item Mare gyroscopic stabilizer ($162,000).
Better Boat: Get a Grip
Jet drives and surface drives are popular in high-performance craft because they minimize the appendage drag of shafts, rudders, and props. But that very lack of appendages can create handling problems, as the stern ends up with very little grip in the water—something I once discovered the hard way on a 70-footer when the back end flipped out during a 30-knot turn, upending everybody and snapping off one of the satcom domes. It wasn’t a Mangusta.
To counter this problem, the 94, along with other models in the range, is fitted with a pair of surfboard-like fins at the stern, midway across the bottom panels and in line with the jets. They’re surprisingly small but extremely effective, ensuring that the yacht behaves itself at high speed, whatever you’re doing up at the helm.
This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.