April 21, 2009

Boat Review: Blu Martin 1390 Sea Top

Blu Martin 1390 Sea Top is PowerYachtBlog April month boat review. The 1390 Sea Top was launched in 2005 and is the second model from this young builder founded in 2001, but with its owner Franco Mauri coming from an over twenty year experience in boat building in Italy and particularly in the Como area. The 1390 Sea Top is a natural evolution of the first model of Blu Martin the 1350 Sun Top, with its main differences being easily visible thanks to the integrated enclosed hard top, and the extended bathing platform aft which adds length by forty centimetres aft. Later on the 1390 Sea Top was also added with a new interior option of a 2 cabin 2 head layout along the 3 cabin 2 head, with this new version offering a full beam owners cabin.
Welcoming you in its aft cockpit the 1390 Sea Top has what is a normal standard layout for a Mediterranean Sport Cruiser, sun lounger aft with a tender garage underneath with space for 2.40 metre rib, c-shaped settee, complete exterior wet bar with grill washbasin, and a central positioned helm station which gives optimum all round visibility.
Below the option is for two distinctive layout choice. The later introduced 2 cabin version and the more popular by choice 3 cabin plan. The 3 cabin version offers a c-shaped settee to port side, a galley opposite to starboard, forward owner stateroom with private en suite shower head, two identical double cabins with twin berths which can transform to an inserted double VIP cabin, and a second guest shower head to port side having also its use as a day head. The 2 cabin version differs from the more popular 3 cabin layout by offering a full beam owners cabin in replacement of the two double cabins mid ship, and now offering an island queen sized berth positioned to the beam, offering also a relaxing settee to starboard. This two cabin version also gains a more spacious second head now the bigger on board, and a saloon settee which is a bit more spacious.
With a vee shaped hull monohedron with a 19.30 degrees aft, the 1390 Sea Top is just shy of the twenty plus deep dead rise which translated to more simple terms means high cruising speed wave attacking potential. An other interesting feature for the Sea Top is the various engine and propulsion choices. Engines start from the more economic and smallest option of twin D6-350hp Volvos, and goes to the big Yanmars of 480hp. Propulsion choices is from Volvo sterndrive which will give the better fast speed handling, to the do it everyone docking IPS Volvo pod drives, and goes to the more seaworthy shaft lines. Performance top speeds are 34 knots with the smaller Yanmar 440hp and IPS500 option, 36 knots with Volvo 350hp sterndrive and Yanmar 480hp, and goes to the most performing IPS600 which gives 38 knots of max.
integrated hard top
2 or 3 cabin option
all type propulsion choice
tight aft cockpit deck
Having a 2 version interior and an all propulsion choice give a wide spectrum of competitors to the Blu Martin 1390 Sea Top, but to be honest I expected much more to this. Competition criteria is made for integrated hard top, LOA in 13 metres, and a 2 cabin 2 heads full beam owners cabin or a 3 cabin 2 head. For classic three cabins interior look for the Airon Marine 4300 T-Top, and Windy 44 Chinnook.
Airon Marine 4300 T-Top - all propulsion, 3 or 2 cabins, patio sunpad or settee cockpit
Atlantis 425 SC HT - pioneer of full beam cabin in 13 mts size, sterndrive
Cranchi 43 Mediterranee HT - spacious exterior deck, IPS
Prestige 42S - options outside patio door, sunbed or c-shaped settee, IPS
Rio 44 Air - similar exterior with garage, shafts only
Sessa C43 - IPS pod, full beam cabin with big view windows
Windy 44 Chinook - 3 cabins, c-shaped smaller outside, shaft or IPS pod
Zenit 45 Hardtop - shafts or IPS pod, full beam owners two heads
WILD CARD: Mochi 44 Dolphin - lobster tradition looks with modern solutions
Blu Martin 1390 Sea Top was a very well minded evolution of the 1350 Sun Top, and the well made design improvement of an integrated hard top similar to that found on bigger boats, was sure a turning point for the success of this model. The hard top along with a very comfortable interior, and added with a two interior plan option shows also that Blu Martin is very attentive to the clients request and suggestions. This also is shown by the wide variety of propulsion and engine choices, showing in facts that the North Italian builder tries to minimize the compromises made from choosing a boat, and suiting it to the clients needs in all aspects of the 1390 Sea Top being it the interior, or the technical point like engine and propulsion choice.
Technical Data
LOA. 13.90 metres (45.6 ft)
Length Waterline. 10.31 metres
Beam. 4.05 metres
Draft. 0.70 metres
Displacement. 13.000 kg
Fuel Capacity. 912 litres
Water Capacity. 411 litres
Max Persons. 12
Accommodation. 4 + 2 berths, 6 + 2 berth
Engines. 2 x Volvo D6TD 350hp, Yanmar 480hp, IPS500 370hp, IPS 600 435hp
Propulsion. duoprop Volvo sterndrive, shafts line, Volvo IPS Pod drive
Speed. max 38 knots with IPS600
Hull Shape. vee mono hedron with 19.30 degrees dead rise aft
Project. Blu Martin
Construction. vinylester resin, multi axial glass, balsa cored topsides and sides
Certification. RINA CE B
Picture Copyright Blu Martin. Data Blu Martin.

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