If we are among those who believe that the ride attitude of a Rib indicates the quality of its cruise and an excellent set-up with the hull working very well across the whole rpm range, then we must admit that the Nuova Jolly Yard created another one great boat that raises very high the competition bar.
Prince 33cc is the new member of the homonymous Nuova Jolly’s series appealing to open-Ribs enthusiasts who want to have a dry space where they can spend the night on board without ever having to raisetents for their room creation.
Indeed, Prince 33 features a very comfortable cabin-console while maintaining its sporty character and the lines of a pure rigid inflatable boat, fully satisfying the requirements of a large portion of the buying public.
“Prince 33 is the center-console version of the Prince 33 cabin. After the success of the cabin version we wanted to make an open version, designed for daily use but with the comfort to always have a small cabin with toilet for a few nights at anchor, without penalizing daily habitability. It has the hull in common with the cabin version, a very performing hull on rough seas, with more than 25 degrees aft, and a very pronounced bow”...says Teo Aiello, the owner of Nuova Jolly.
The design of Prince 33’s deck follows the classic successful recipe of the homonymous series with the exception of the bow’s polyester superstructure which extending backwards and joining the console thus provides the necessary length and height of the cabin underneath.
In this way, the length of the bow sundeck is also increased reaching 2.48 meters while it has 1.63 meters of width at its back portion and 0.52 meters at the head.
The hard nose, which is integrated in the bow superstructure, is quite higher than the height of the tubes and offers a large step for our comfortable access to the boat. Although the cleats could be mounted on its side surfaces for greater safety, they are adapted to the ends of the hard nose which nevertheless cannot be claimed as hazardous points during our boarding.
The helm station is characterized by the presence of a particularly large carbon panel, which in our test Rib housed a large Garmin plotter-sounderand the screen of Evinrude's engines, while underneath and in a row all the switches are located.
The console leaves comfortable passageways to its port and starboard, 31cm wide, with the steering wheel centrally positionedhaving the engines’ controls toits starboard and the sliding door that leads to the cabin’s interior to its port.
Going down two steps we are in the headroom of the cabin which measures 1.75m x 0.70m x 0.55m providing the space needed for our comfortable movement.
To its portare a cabinet and a small shelf for small items while to its starboard a wooden door leading to the separate bathroom.
The bathroom is nicely designed and decorated mainly with wood, featuring a large mirror, glass sink, electric wc and pull-out shower head, while an oval porthole provides the necessary lighting and ventilation.
With a height of 1.70 meters and a length of 0.86 meters is a pleasant and functional space whose minimalist approach makes it seem quite larger, providing full comfort for a whole family.
The cabin’s berth, 1.88 meters long, 1.45 meters wide at the back and 0.91 meters wide at the head area, can comfortably accommodate two adults, while removing its central cushion turns into a beautiful interior lounge.
The double seat of the driver and co-driveris based on the wet-bar and lifts up completely revealing the sink and the gas stove. On its back side there is the appropriate space to installa large stainless steel refrigerator, while on its port and starboard leaves ample passageways, 48.6 cm wide each one.
Behind the helmseat bench lies the aft lounge under the couches of which there are large storage spaces. On the floor lies a nestled electric table, that measures 1.03m x 0.77m,lifted with the touch of a button and turns the lounge into a large dining room or a spacious sunbed.
The transom door to the port of the stern leads to the swimming platform, which is designed to provide great free surfaces. It has dimensions of 1.86m x 0.63m, while its extensions to the right and left of the engines reach one meter in length, thus facilitating our access to the boat.
Our test Rib, powered by twin 300hp G2 Evinrude engines which with a gear ratio of 1.85: 1 were turning 15΄΄ x 21΄΄3-blade Rebel stainless steel propellers, proved to be an ultimate pleasure machine either when driving at cruising speeds or when the throttles were flirting with the gel coat of the console and we were taking off with 53.5 knots.
Prince 33cc was giving us a dry, comfortable and incredibly smooth ride in any wave’s direction, while its performance was excellent throughout the whole rpm range.
Despite its extremely great degree of deadrise, it is noteworthy that its hull runs with absolute stability and safety even after 50 knots where it is almost all out of the water, without chine-walking tendencies showing among other things very well-balanced.
Its extremely sharp bow entry was slicing through the 1.5m plus swells with a characteristic comfort and it easily reached on their crests, while when we were taking off we felt that the hull was landing, cutting the sea like a knife falling into the butter.
Prince’s 33cc overall handling was impressive even during our tight turns at high speeds where it showed great precision, reacting immediately to the operator's intentions without giving us the sense of intense centrifuge that tends to throw you violently over the opposite side.
With 200 liters of fuel and 3 people on board, Prince 33cc was standing on plane at 2200 rpm with 12 knots, showing us that it can travel at particularly low speeds when the bad weather conditions demand it.
The very short time it took to get out of the hole was also indicative which, as many times as we tried, was less than 2.5 seconds, with its hull accelerating from 0 to 30 knots in 5.2 seconds and up to 40 knots in 8, 5 seconds.
At 3000 rpm, our speed was 24 knots and our fuel consumption 2 liters per nautical mile, while at 3500 rpm we were running at 30 knots burning 2.1 liters per mile. These were also the most economical cruising speeds we recorded which indicate that we shall prefer to travel at speeds between 25 and 30 knots, especially when covering long distances, thereby taking the maximum autonomy.
At 4000 rpm, our speed was 35 knots with a fuel consumption of 2.3 liters per nautical mile, while at 4500 rpm we were traveling extremely comfortable and pleasant with 41 knots burning 2.7 liters per mile.
At full throttle, the engines reached 5800 rpm and our top speed 53.5 knots.
You can see our detailed measurements in the table below:
Looking closely at the table above we will find out the extremely low slip percentages which are below 10% after 3500 rpm, while at WOT we had recorded the lowest value of 1.1%.
The numbers above show an excellent set-up that delivers great performance at low and medium rpm i.e. where we are spending the most hours, getting almost the most out of our propellers.
If we would like to have an excellent set-up in each condition it is wise to switch to15 1 / 4΄΄ x 19΄΄ Rebel propellers when the boat is full-loaded allowing thus the engines to reach at their redline of 6000 rpm.
In this way, we may lose some of our top speed but when it’s time for vacation what we need the most is immediate and strong acceleration, the ability to travel at the lowest possible cruising speeds and of course the best boat handling in heavy weather conditions.
Nuova Jolly Marine
Via Bologna, 3/5 - 20060 Bussero (Milano)
Tel. 02/95334031 - Fax 02/9503235