A pure Rib with an excellent combination of performance, fuel economy and stable cruising. This is how I could describe Focchi 7.30, for which you don't have to spend a fortune to get.
With more than thirty years of continuous presence in the field of rigid inflatable boats, with a wide range of models as well as with many distinctions in the Italian championship, the shipyard of Giampaolo Focchi is claiming its own market share having the above characteristics as great advantages.
Focchi 7.30 is aimed mainly at those who love simple lines, without luxuries and extra polyester constructions, while at the same time they want to combine leisure with racing performance but also with extremely low fuel consumption at cruising speeds. It is worth noting that it can run quite easily even with small horsepower engines achieving excellent speeds and even greater economy and autonomy.
Like Focchi’s 7.30 deck, its hull is also characterized by its simple and classic shipbuilding lines.
Three spray rails with a slightly negative inclination run through each side and end up in the transom, where their width reaches 6 cm.
The keel of the hull is transformed into a long pad that reaches the transom at a maximum value of 15 cm, reducing the wet surfaces and planning time, while increasing the buoyancy and stability at high speeds.
8 cm higher than the hull is the built-in bracket which occupies the entire width of the hull and extends to a length of 25 cm.
The absence of the chine is quite characteristic, which may, among other things, reduces some liters of useful interior space of the Rib, but on the other hand it lowers the center of gravity very low resulting in exceptional stability at high speeds.
The large diameter tubes, which among other things give an extra sense of safety, surround the simple but absolutely "nautical" designed deck which combined with the wonderful helm seats that we meet for the first time on a Focchi 7.30 compose a very attractive combination.
In the bow area we can see the very long sundeck which with a maximum width of 1.29 meters and a length of 1.84 meters (not counting the anchor’s locker) can comfortably accommodate two adults without the need for any addition or extension.
Under the pillows there are two independent lockers, the back of which is the largest with an internal length of 1.25 meters, a maximum width of 1.45 meters and a height of 0.67 meters. At the bottom we can see the stringers which with a width of 15 cm testify to the quality of the internal structure of the boat and give a high sense of solidity.
53 cm further back, is the wide seat which is integrated into the console while inside it are housed the boat's batteries.
The console of the boat is positioned on the starboard, leaving however a narrow but very useful 13 cm passageway. On the port side there is the main passageway which with a width of 34 cm ensures our comfortable front and back movement.
At the front of the console there is a large hatch that leads to a very useful storage space, while ensuring the inspection of the electrical installation.
The dashboard has the necessary space for the placement of instruments and navigation screens, while it has a very good forward inclination so that it is possible to inspect immediately the indications of each device even when driving upright.
The high-quality bucket helm seats, apart from saving free space and the particular sporty character they give to the Rib, include adjustable suspension for shock absorption and also offer excellent lateral support, elements that will be especially appreciated when developing high speeds or when traveling in bad weather conditions.
The internal width of the deck in the area of the stern reaches 1.49 meters, while the three-seater stern sofa can comfortably accommodate three adults, underneath of which the largest storage space of the boat is formed.
Behind the backrest of the sofa and to the port and starboard of the engine basin, there are two very useful stairs that lead to the small swimming platforms.
Till the time we adjusted the kill cord and put on our life jackets, with the intense short waves causing and stimulating all our senses, adrenaline within seconds flooded our entire body. The throttle nailed forward, the GPS showed 60 knots and Focchi 730 was balanced in a few inches of the aft part of its hull. All we had to do was to trim the engine more out to take off the Rib and our adrenaline also.
The stable ride of Focchi 730 and the very good damping of its hull combined with the excellent bite of Revolution propeller that at no time did it lose its waters, gave us incredible moments of fascinating riding and enjoying against the short waves of Thermaikos Bay.
It was very impressive that even at the slightest touch of the throttle; the Rib was launched forward with incredible force even when we had the engine very high trimmed. Acceleration was explosive throughout the whole rpm range, despite the very long pitch of the propeller (25 "), and that was immediately noticeable feeling this way an excellent throttle response due to the intense bite of the Revolution's blades in the water.
The more we trimmed the engine out the more improved our ride was, while the Focchi’s hull was maintaining a very good cruising angle, passing quickly and effortlessly over the crests of the waves, immediately gaining our confidence.
It was obvious that we had an excellent set-up in our hands, a unique combination of enjoyment and fun, while it is noteworthy that during our sea trial that lasted more than two hours, our riding was completely dry since I do not remember a single drop of spray coming to our faces.
And we were really impressed, as the numbers of our measurements show besides ,which you can see in detail in the table below:
If we consider the weather conditions that prevailed during our test, it becomes clear that the numbers we would record in better conditions would undoubtedly be even better in terms of cruising speed, fuel consumption and final speed, as we would be able to trim even more the engine and get the maximum performance across its whole rpm range.
Focchi 730 was getting on plane very easily due to the high degree of stern lift, which is clearly caused by the particularly intense features of the Revolution blades as well as their large surface area.
It is really worth noting that the Rib was standing on plane at just 1800 rpm, maintaining a speed of 10 knots. It accelerated to 30 knots in 5.5 seconds while the planning speed was just 2.5 seconds with minimal and instantaneous rising of its bow.
At 2500 rpm we were traveling very comfortably with 22 knots consuming 0.85 liters per nautical mile, with 4 people on board, while the Rib was aligned with the water despite the low engine’s rpm. This was also the most economical cruising speed at which we could travel for many hours and cover long distances in great comfort.
At 3000 rpm, our speed was 28 knots with a fuel consumption of 0.92 liters per nautical mile, while at 3500 rpm we were running with 33.5 knots burning 1.2 liters per mile. These are really excellent cruising speeds that allow us to reach very quickly to our destinations, having our engine running completely effortlessly.
Noticable are also the very low slip values in the above engine’s rpm reaching just 16% and 14% respectively.
At 4000 rpm, we were running with 38.5 knots consuming 1.6 liters per nautical mile, while at 4500 rpm we reached 43.5 knots burning 2.1 liters per mile.
At wide open throttle we saw instantly 63 knots and 6200 rpm, while it was obvious that if the weather conditions allowed it we could trim the engine much more and increase our final speed accordingly. However, even under these conditions, Focchi looked very stable – particularly important to that plays the fact that the center of gravity of the Rib is very close to the water - and it only needed very small steering wheel adjustments which were necessary mainly due to the intense torque of Revolution when the hull was coming out of the water.
If we would desire to improve the performance of this set-up further, it is certain that there is room to raise the engine by one hole while we could move the center of gravity of the boat a little further back and fit a Bravo I FS 27-inch of pitch propeller, which will help to slightly raise the bow and maintain an ideal ride attitude of the Rib while improving performance in terms of cruising speed, economy and top speed.
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