Ranieri Next 370 SH America Sea Trial . Comfort cruising and excellent hull
Ranieri International is for the first time in the United States with the flagship of the Next range that, for the occasion, is available in a special version: the Ranieri Next 370 SH America. We tested her during the Miami International Boat Show.
The setting of the bay surrounding the picturesque American metropolis was perfect as background for a cruiser equipped with two powerful Suzuki DF 350 outboards and, as we will see during our sea trial, the Next 370 SH America is not only a boat with excellent living spaces to use when cruising but is also a comfortable and, if necessary, funny boat at sea.
The morning chosen for our test is fine, the sun shines warm in the sky and a light breeze slightly ripples the sea, perturbed by the waves provoked by transiting boats. We seize the moment, hop in the boat, start engines and cast off.
We’re seven on board, maybe too many for a sea trial but I realize that, leaving the port, everyone takes a seat comfortably. Salvatore Ranieri and I stand at the double wheels while the others are divided between the seats of the forward cockpit and the large aft sun pad. A clear signal that guests, too, are welcome on a boat with two cabins.
Over the bridge that delimits the traffic zone and at low speed, we’re ready to start our speed and consumption tests.
I build the revs up to complete my data collection and, at 4,000 rpm and over 25 knots, I start to adjust engine trim.
Raising it up a little and keeping revs constant, I clearly see that the dual steps on the hull have become fully operational.
The boat gets lighter, the hull works more efficiently and speed becomes a few knots faster without never touching the accelerator.
Reaching the perfect boat trim is really simple and user-friendly. According to our data, the most advantageous cruising speed is that one the boat develops at about 25 knots and 4,500 rpm. The fuel consumption I detect at this speed is equal to 3.44 l/nm, that is 110 l/h.
With throttles all down, we reach a top speed of 44 knots, not bad for such a fully-equipped heavy yacht. The two Suzuki DF350 which this boat is equipped of seem to be a well-balanced choice; the power available is considerable but not exaggerated. The feeling you get on board the Next 370 SH America, even at very high speed, is one of stability and comfort.
Now, it’s time for us to enjoy the funniest moment of our sea trial, that is the maneuvering test. As we perform our first turns, I immediately realize that the boat is even more agile than I expected.
I go on maneuvering in increasingly tighter spaces and my intuition becomes certainty: the Next 370 SH America performs all route changes in a very fluid precise way at high speed.
I try to take my hands off the helm while turning and, at 30 knots, the boat keeps itself on track. I notice that all passengers, even those seating far from the central console, are not affected by our maneuvers. Instead, they seem to be comfortable and sheltered by water sprays. The hull is therefore excellent and surprisingly sportier than expected.
Throughout the test, I had the feeling that I was in command of a comfortable, funny and easy-to steer boat.
The Next 370 SH America will not have complications or nasty surprise for anyone, not even for less experienced pilots.
|Cons. Nm/G||Cons. Nm/L||Cons. L/Nm||Cons. L/H|
The Next 370 SH America
The flagship of the Ranieri International Next range is a well-designed boat, equipped with anything you need during your medium- and long-range cruises.
With CE Class A certification, she has an overall length of 11.50 meters.
The Next 370 SH America is a walk-around model. Circulation, indeed, is excellent throughout the boat. In particular, walkways around the steering console are very wide and therefore highly comfortable.
Starting from exteriors, the aft cockpit is a particularly living environment with a L-shaped seat that envelops a large dinner table. The cockpit overlooks an opening cabinet that serves as a kitchenette.
Opening the upper door of the cabinet, we find two burners and a sink. A refrigerator is positioned under them.
Sheltered by the new T-top, the central console has two comfortable seats. Here, passengers can enjoy navigation in the shadow, seating or simply leaning against seats, thanks to the possibility to open the latter totally or partially.
Moving forward, we find a large sunbathing platform with speakers on both sides. This environment is perfect to host two solidly built or three medium/small-built people. Below deck, a ladder positioned on the left of the console leads to a particular space with three doors. The forward one leads to a cabin equipped with double bed.
On the starboard side, instead, there are two other doors. They lead to what is very interesting element of the Next SH 370 America. The bathroom, in fact, consists of two separate environments in order to provide passengers with more privacy.
The forward door gives instant access to a compartment with washbasin and shower while the aft door leads to the toilet.
The second cabin is positioned aft. It is equipped with twin beds that can be put together and become a double bed.
Despite the limited headroom of this cabin, the feeling you get when you enter is certainly not claustrophobic.
|Max Length||3.00 m|
|CE Certification||12 (A) – 14 (B)|
|Engines||2 Suzuki Df 350 hp|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||1000 l|
|Water Tank Capacity||200 l|
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