May 17, 2007

Boat Review: Rizzardi 63 Hard Top


Presentation
Hard Top version for the successful 63 Topline, the 63 Hard Top was presented during the Naples Nauticsud Boatshow of 2005, offering to customers and brand aficionados of the Rizzardi open the much requested and practical all weather hard top on the classic contemporary lines of the Topline range. This new version for the 63 also offered different cockpit and interior layouts with a more minimal approach to the previous design and a more spacious third cabin.
Accommodation
4 different interior layouts are available for the Rizzardi 63, showing a real semi custom approach for the buyer and not just a selection of materials and colors as is the case in many production boats of this size. 3 of these layouts are 3 cabin version with the small crew cabin forward but the range has also a 4 cabin option plus crew, something unusual in this size and type of boat but still a very interesting layout especially if one has an interest in the charter market or has a big family to cater for and really does not feel the need for a bigger boat. Standard 63 Hard Top layout is a 3 spacious double cabins affair.
The interior accommodation features a very spacious owner/ master cabin forward, second guest cabin to starboard of impressive size and VIP cabin aft with separate entrance from the cockpit. The aft VIP cabin feature is a really big bonus especially when inviting guests on board, as it really gives a real meaning to privacy both for guests and the owner alike. All cabins feature private en-suite heads with separate shower cubicle of good dimensions. Saloon has an adequate sized L-shaped settee. A medium sized fully equipped galley concludes the interior layout.
All Rizzardi 63 layouts. The no.4 blue colored layout is the standard hardtop interior version.
Performance
The Rizzardi 63 Hard Top has one of the driest rides in the category without having a high bow angle. Using the famous Technema derivation hull with it's huge winged spay rails are sure to keep water away in most conditions and provide also good lifting aid. Another good news are the central, perfectly positioned engines which should give easy planning to the 63 and huge stability especially with head seas. A small disadvantage for this solution will be less steering handling proficiency then V-dive or U-drive powered boats with aft positioned engines and tunnel propellers like most of the offers from the British builders. Think personally of what you prefer from a 19 metre power yacht? Making tight curves around the buoys with super handling steering ability or a more solid ride in rough weather. Top speed as declared by the manufacturer is 38 knots with the 2 x 1100hp MAN V10 at 2300 rpm. Cruising speed is 33 knots at 2100 rpm from the MAN engines. Full Range with cruising speed is 320 Nautical Miles.
Positive
Interior layout options
Standard spacious 3rd cabin in standard layout
Spacious x 3 heads (bathrooms)
Flush deck forward
Negative
Small Galley in standard interior layout
Optional High Safety Railing
Competition
Huge competition in the 18/19 metre Hard Top Sports Yachts with standard shaft driven propulsion. The 3 famous British Builders all have there different offer and so do other major Italian and USA builders. 4 cabin option makes the Rizzardi 63 Hard Top unique. Still the 3 cabin layout is one of the most spacious available in the range and in many of the competition the 3rd cabin or is small or in bunk beds layout. Here is the main competition:
Aicon 62 Open - patio door, 3 cabin interior, all round deck.
Azimut 62 S - patio door, optional third cabin
Dalla Pieta DP 58 HT - spacious crew or guest fourth cabin aft
Fairline 62 Targa Gran Turismo - patio door, cockpit saloon style layout, crew cabin
Ilver 58 Vista - crew cabin option, cabin area down with galley/saloon on main deck
Princess V65 - patio door, 2 social areas on cockpit, small 3rd cabin, crew cabin option
Riva 63 Vertigo - crew cabin option aft, L-shaped 3rd cabin, unique style
Sarnico 60 - crew cabin option, singles cabin aft with VIP and Master cabin forward
Searay 60 Sundancer - patio door, small third cabin option, well sized galley
Sunseeker 62 Predator - patio door, small bunk 3rd cabin
Tecnomar 20 Velvet - patio door, 2 zone saloon upper deck, semi custom
Conclusion
Classic timeless lines are the theme for the Rizzardi 63 Hard Top and are part of the unique character of this sports yacht. Details like the curved windscreen, forward leaning style hardtop and the unique flush deck all have vintage written all over them. Future design touches are the unique Technema hull lines, well designed stern layout with the extended platform and nice stairs on both sides. Practical solutions are the recess aft for the mooring winches and cleats and the visible air intakes on the side for the engines just under the deck. This last a design trademark of the Toplines since the first of the range, the successful 53 which was presented in 1992. If one likes a conservative yacht outside and engineering wise but with brilliant modern solutions and options inside choosing the 63 Hard Top will be easy, but if you are looking for a more modern looking sports yacht, then may be you should look somewhere else before viewing this one. Still I would suggest to try it for real.
Technical Data
L.O.A. 19.10 metres (62.6 ft)
Beam. 4.80 metres
Draft. 1.45 metres with props
Displacement. 30 t
Fuel Capacity. 2800 litres
Water Capacity. 700 litres
Berths. 6 + 1 crew, 8 + 1 crew
Engines. 2 x MAN D2840LE423 1100hp
Speed. max 38 knots. cruising 33 knots.
Range. 320 nautical miles
Design. Rizzardi
Certification. CE A
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