June 12, 2021

Motor Cruiser Burns Down in Trapani

A ten meter motor cruiser with thirteen persons onboard caught fire while being on charter on the morning of twelfth June.  The ten meter Italian build ArsMare cruiser was on charter duty navigating in Sicily to the South West of Trapani,  near the island of Formica when fire started coming out of the engine room.  A call for assistance was made, with military and Coast Guard responding immediately and taking to safety the thirteen passengers including of which where three kids.  With fire alarm on, the Italian Finance Police and Fire Fighters Squad went to the rescue of the motor cruiser, with little success and the boat succumbing to the flames and ultimately sinking.  The ten meter ArsMare cruiser was chartered for an excursion to the popular Egadi islands, which never happened.
The boat in the fire is an RS 31, a ten meter motor cruiser from ArsMare, an Italian boat builder which grew to fame in the late eighties and nineties with its medium sized fisherman cruisers.  The RS 31 was was one of ArsMare most popular models for its cruise comfortable interior accommodation and a free aft deck ideal for fishing.  The ArsMare RS 31 offered an interior for two cabins sleeping four below deck, plus extra two berths in a convertible dinette on the main deck.  The Ars RS 31 was shaft propelled and powered by twin Iveco Aifo 220hp, and 240hp.  The RS 31 was replaced by the more sportfish focused RS 33 ST in 1996.  ArsMare was located in Livorno, and was co-founded by Luigi Prosperi, who is also known for having managed Mochi Craft from 1990 to 1996, and founded Cayman Yachts in 1990.  ArsMare was sold to the Monaco Marine Group in the late nineties, changing the name to Ars Monaco after the sale.

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