Sea Trials

14 Dec

Hemingway at the wheelThe NuMarine 78 Fly is a yacht from a company whose philosophy is based on being different.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

The Numarine 78 Fly delivers performance with striking good looks and lots of interior styling.

The NuMarine 78 Fly delivers performance, striking good looks, and lots of room for individual interior styling.

“I grew up with boats on the west coast of Sweden but started my working life with cars. And through all of it, I held onto my boy’s dream of building boats,” said NuMarine’s CEO Patric Von Sydow as we sat on the aft deck dining table of his company’s 78 Fly.

With his boating background, Patric Von Sydow is a hands-on CEO.

With his boating background, Patric Von Sydow is a hands-on CEO.

As he tells it, once he had his fill with the automobile industry, Von Sydow put in his time with several high-profile boat builders until joining NuMarine in 2010. “I’m a product person, fascinated with design, and realize that in order to be successful in this business, you have to be ready to be different and present something that stands out.”

What makes NuMarine different starts with its manufacturing facility; one that began with a major investment in infrastructure in both the size of the physical plant and how they build their boats. “We started big. Our Istanbul-based factory covers some 35,000 square meters—376,740 square feet—is climate controlled, and is capable of producing up to 50 boats ranging in size from 55- up to 105-feet in length.”

The builder uses the latest in automated milling machines, resin infuses the carbon and Aramid-reinforced, vinylester sandwich construction of PVC foam, unidirectional and multiaxial E glass and lightweight materials, and are always ready to make the most of the latest technology. “In our building process, we have reached the 60/40 glass to resin ratio; this for a lighter, stronger vessel with good fuel economy. In addition, we post cure all our boats to ensure full structural strength.”

Seen from any angle, NuMarine's contemporary styling is a head turner.

Seen from any angle, NuMarine’s contemporary styling is a head turner.

The responsibility for the contemporary styling and design of all NuMarine yachts falls upon a trio of marine architects whose sole purpose in bringing boats such as the 78 Fly to the buying public is a result of a high level of collegial participation in the process. “With our design philosophy, we always strive to avoid the ‘sea of sameness’,” commented Von Sydow. And in this particular vessel, Can Yalman, Tommaso Spadolini, and Umberto Tagliavini, along with the Turkish craftsmen and artisans employed by NuMarine, have indeed, achieved their purpose.

The first thing I noticed as I approached the dock at the top of the Miami River was the 78 Fly’s low, sleek, swept-back profile. Exterior-wise, everything not only looked in balance but in proportion as well, including the forward main deck brow, bridge, aft deck overhang, and especially those big wide windows to either side as well as forward; something that would shed much light on what goes on inside.

On the way to a private anchorage and a memorable alfresco dinner.

On the way to a private anchorage and a memorable alfresco dinner.

NuMarine is as semi-custom as a builder gets. To that end, and while still functioning as a family oriented yacht, this particular 78 was designed and built to participate in private charter service. On the exterior, the aforementioned aft deck dining table, shaded from above by the bridge overhang and easily seating six to eight, affords an excellent place for alfresco meals. To either side, it’s a few steps down to the hydraulically operated swim platform where there is also a door leading to the crew quarters and engine room. I found both these important spaces to be exceedingly well laid out with the former finished up to yacht standards while the latter provided all the room the hands-on skipper or owner/operator could want in order to keep things humming along. All critical engine maintenance areas, including all pumps, valves, switches, systems, and anything else necessary for this kind of peace of mind while underway, were readily accessible.

A view from the bow, NuMarine style.

A view from the bow, NuMarine style.

Back topsides, there were two more areas to visit before checking out the entertainment and living accommodations. The first was forward on the bow where I found a large and quite comfortable seating and lounging area with accompanying table and a pair of sunpads. On this 78 there was also an optional ‘cabana-like’ cover that easily deploys up while in dock or at anchor and stows away just as quickly while underway.

A view from the bridge, NuMarine style.

A view from the bridge, NuMarine style.

The bridge deck is a superbly laid out space with a stylish hardtop, portside steering station and lounge opposite. Just aft of the skipper’s bench seat is a bar with a dining table to starboard. And with her charter profile, the owner decided to mount a Jacuzzi up here instead of the usual dinghy/tender cradle.

However exciting and appealing her exterior is, it is in her interior spaces that the 78 Fly is most impressive. Entering aft from the sliding glass doors, one enters the salon area with C-shape seating to port and entertainment console to starboard. The motif on this boat is all light colors; white and beige with light wood for a very open and airy feel. Indeed, with those big windows all around, the ambient light floods the space. The enclosed galley, so designed for her charter service—an open galley is, of course, available as well—is also to port with a dining table opposite. Forward of the galley is the lower control station and on the centerline, is the stairway to the living accommodations on the lower deck.

Just one of the variations on a theme aboard the NuMarine 78 Fly; here as realized in the master suite.

Just one of the variations on a theme aboard the NuMarine 78 Fly; here as realized in the master suite.

The galley offers clean lines and lots of workable space for private dining whether for the owners and guests or for a charter party.

The galley offers clean lines and lots of workable space for private dining whether for the owners and guests or for a charter party.

The NuMarine 78 Fly offers a four stateroom, four head layout; forepeak, VIP to starboard with double bunk berth to port, and taking full advantage of the boat’s 19-foot beam, the amidships master. All have a contemporary décor with excellent use of space and more than ample storage; enough for any extended trip away from the dock. And as with the ambient light topsides, all the staterooms, with large windows, have a spacious feel.

While she presents very well on the style and amenities side, with obvious attention to detail and superior fit and finish, she also delivers out on the water. Powered by a pair of 1,150-hp Cat C-18s, she easily got right up on plane at 1600rpm with a 48gph fuel burn at a respectable 17+ knots.  And when I settled her in at 2000rpm, I noted a 24 knot average speed and 82gph. With dead calm conditions out on Biscayne Bay all I had to do was sit back and enjoy the ride of this easy handling boat. And that’s exactly what I did for the rest of my time aboard this big, comfortable, and stylish cruising yacht.

Numarine reflection2“In this market, with these economic conditions, you can’t be greedy anymore. You must deliver a quality product that is also a fair deal. NuMarine is in a position to do so,” remarked Von Sydow as we wrapped up our time together. Given the company’s focus on design, naval architecture and engineering, and its ability to deliver exactly what any owner wants, it appears as if the Numarine 78 Fly, and her sisterships, is going to be seen in marinas and docks around the world.

NuMarine 78 Fly Specifications

RPM                SPD(KN)                     GPH                 dB(A)

800                 8.1                               2.9                   65

1000               9.4                               11                    67

1200               10.5                             23                    68

1400               11.6                             37                    70

1600               17.2                             48                    72

1800               20.8                             71                    73

2000               24.1                             82                    74

2200               27.7                             103                 76

2300               29.5                             119                 77

LOA: 78’6”

LWL: 71’1”

BEAM: 19’

DISPL.: 99,208 lbs. (full load)

WATER: 194 gal.

FUEL: 1,100 gal.

ENGINES: 2 x 1,100-hp Caterpillar C-18

TEST CONDITIONS: The sea trial was conducted on Biscayne Bay, Miami, in 16 feet of water with calm conditions, 700 gallons on fuel and full water, four persons on board. GPH measured by electronic CAT engine gauges, speed computed by GPS. Sound levels taken at the helm using dB(A).

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