In the splendid setting of the Gulf of Naples we had the opportunity to test MV 25 GT, which presents itself as a boat suitable for both beginners and experts.
At first glance it looks like an inflatable boat like the others, but on board it seems that everything has been designed to make the ribbing experience more interesting Adding suzuki technology you have a result that combines performance with reduced consumption.
Starting from the stern with the engine between the two symmetrical platforms, coated with the Evoteak material, a synthetic EVA-based product that allows greater practicality by being non-slip and stain-proof but without sacrificing aesthetics and customizations.
On the right profile we can see written "boat covered by unalterable identification", meaning that each product of the company is registered internally in order to be able to frame it and know its history in case of alterations made by the owners.
A little further on we find two steps, but you can access the cockpit comfortably from the left side as there is the back of the sofa that is not removable. Here we find a C-shaped cushion with lockers below. All the covers of the lockers are made with the RTM technique, which allows you to create much lighter, stronger and more polished products both outside and inside, contrary to the standards of other boats in this category.
At our feet there is a hole to insert a height-adjustable table base, so that we can choose whether to have a living area with a table, a free space to move around without difficulty or a relaxation area entirely covered with cushions.
The console is central, and there is a single version of the inflatable boat with a reat good quality lumbar support. I would like to have the classic driving sofa as an option to have greater comfort during navigation, but that would mean having to reduce the space to move on board which is already at the limit with this set up. However, the company offers complete customization during the purchase phase so that you can make the changes you want.
On the bridge there are only two displays to give us the necessary information: one is the Suzuki instrument displaying the engine data and the other one is the Raymarine multifunction device. On the right there are the on / off buttons.
I would prefer there to have also the basic analog instruments, so as to be able to return to the port in case of failure of the electrical system without any difficulty having under control the indications necessary for the state of the engine.
For the same reason I appreciate the compass well installed in the center of the console and above all very visible, which should not be underestimated as other inflatable boats of this size which often mount compasses almost only for aesthetics. Centrally is the helm and the throttle to the right completing the equipment.
At the bow we have the single helmseat in front of the console that hides the largest locker of the entire vessel, while the cushions are the classic V-shape, but there is also the possibility of mounting a table to make a second dinette or a second area sundeck. All the upholstery is made with closed cell foam covered with technical fabric, in order to have water-repellent cushions without further weighing down the hull. The only contraindication is that they are a bit hard compared to the classic skai upholstery, but nothing of great importance.
The winch is visible on the fiberglass bow roller. It is a choice that does not match with aesthetics but is much more practical to be able to check the anchor at all times and to be able to intervene by releasing it in the event of a problem or difficulty.
We start the engine without the key thanks to Suzuki's keyless star system technology and we leave the port for the idle test: 650 rpm, 1.5 knots with consumption of 1.5 lt / h. On board we are 3 people, with about 46% of fuel out of a total of 205 liters and 30 liters of water in a tank that can contain 75.
The weather is cloudy but the sea is flat with only a few gusts of wind. Pushing the throttle we reach the minimum planing at 3000 rpm proceeding at 17.5 knots and consuming 14.4 liters per hour, but the cruise is reached at 4000 rpm with consumption and speed that are practically equal: 25.5 liters / hour and 25.4 knots. The boat structure is made of infusion that allows us to have 25% less weight for the same solidity, and of Suzuki's Lean Burn technology, which automatically adjusts the ratio of the fuel / oxygen mixture in constant speed so you can consume the bare minimum without losing the performance.
The rib was reacting quite well to changes of direction and was perfectly stable with impacts on well-cushioned waves giving us safety. The handles around the backrest and on the console profile are very useful for maintaining ourselves.
Down the throttle up to the maximum, touching 33.5 knots at 5450 rpm and consuming 59 lt / h, but adjusting the trim up to 50% we reached 40.9 with just 5 liters more consumption (64.3 lt / h) at 6100 rpm.
The acceleration of 5 seconds for planing is considered to be quite good while it took 14 seconds for reaching the maximum speed.
The DF200 AP offers the classic Suzuki reliability with very low fuel consumption and outstanding performance for a boat of 7.50 meters with such reliable hull behavior. I recommend this boat to all boaters who make day trips and also face rough seas, in addition to the companies of the daily charters. Not quite comfortable for fishing lovers but nothing prevents its owner from making other changes during the set-up phase.
MV MARINE SRL
Via Vesuvio, 25, 80035 Nola NA
Tel. +39 081 5116001