The Boat Show in Genoa, having taken place from Oct 6th to 11th, has seen the all-new SY430s, premiering for the European clientele.
The Italian Shipyard, well known for several years for its fleet of modern trawlers yachts, fully made in Italy, at the factory based in Fano, most famous of which is no doubts the SY580, has just entered, with this new model, in the smaller vessels market, but keeping its strong DNA on term of style, safety and attention to details.
Just after the show, we took the occasion given by the Yard to review and sea-trial the new SY430s, during an extensive session started as usual from the Port of Lavagna (close to Genoa), where the Factory has still its sales HQ from the start-up. Welcomed on board from Angelo Casartelli (President and Founder of the Company) and Edoardo Mancini (Sales Manager), we have been quickly introduced to the new model. The Company, with this SY430s, highlights a number of new features, just entering in the crowded segment of 43’ w.a, with already clear plans in mind to enlarge this “walk-around” line-up, with at least two other models of 53’ and 38’ in the next two years.
The SY430s has a lot to offer to its fortunate buyer. We could start from its sturdy and seaworthy look, reminding of the bigger vessels from the Yard , marked by the signature axe bow, high side decks and over all, the family-feeling newly designed superstructure. It’s not a classic solid top applied to a daily cruiser boat, as we’ve seen many, but actually a complete, carbon fiber infused, superstructure, clearly inspired by the iconic Sundeck Yachts Trawlers, which bolds the roof with the windshield, offering also a roof built-in a/c system. In combination with the standard strataglass-like enclosure canvas, convert this express cruiser in a real sedan yacht. On its Top, accessible by a side ladder, even an additional sun-pad area can be fitted.
The SY430s we tested came with a very convenient hydraulically lifting bathing platform and foldaway passerelle. The rear cockpit is arranged with two facing benches and gas assisted pedestal, solid teak table, which converts this area to a reasonably comfortable sun-pad. Our attention, has been captured by a very robust telescopic electric shade, mounted on the back of the Yacht roof. Pressing a button for few seconds will make the shade extending to the transom. The system is designed to be kept open also at fast cruising speed, the Shipyard informs us. The full walkaround plan the deck is surely not a novelty in the market, but we appreciated the fully (natural!) teak flooring of the cockpit and walkways. When we reached the bow, we got surprised by the huge sundeck on the foredeck, as well as by anther signature of the Yard: the perfectly flat deck, with the recessed windlass and the (lowering away!) raised bow winch, made popular by the SY580 model.
In what we might call the close cockpit area, the pilot seat is perfectly placed on the start board side and the adjustable and amortized seat allows a perfect 360 view to the skipper. Two 16’ screen from Garmin on the dash, deliver both navigation and yacht automation functions on their touch LCD, most of which can be operated by an associated in-bundle i-PAD. Opposite, a huge lounge, protected by the top (and in case by the strataglass enclosure), can accommodate 10 people for a dinner around another solid teak table.
The SY430s provides full standing height, exquisite decoration craftmanship and, most importantly, two huge cabins and two bathrooms, one of which even provides a full height, closed shower cabin. It took a while to realize we were still on a 43’ overall length vessel and once it happened, we understood why the Shipyard describes this SY430s as a superior category yacht within the segment.
In the engine room: very clean installations (seakeeper ready), easy access to the engine, seacock strainers and main devices access, whilst a mention is deserved by the oversized 8kw (1500 rpm) strong but quiet Kholer generator and by the huge(double) fuel separators. So it’s time start the two powerful 570Hp FPT diesel engines and just leaving the mooring, to notice as the Shipyard choose a “V” installed shaft drive propulsion, to boost this semi-tunnel bottom-hull beauty, next to 38 knots top speed.
Starting at displacement speed (just warming up the engines), we can report a surprising stability: great work to keep center of gravity as low as possible and the hull beam of 4,30 m, are given their results. As we push throttle we feel immediately the amount of power available: without any need of trim intervention, the SY430s quick start planning around 13 knots with already a more then decent balance can be adjusted with a touch on tabs. After 20 knots the yacht is start giving it’s best. The almost abundant 80 cm waves, do not concern the 430, as we can easily bring the vessel toward the 28-29 knots which we identify as a very pleasant “fast cruising” speed. The fuel is not drained too fast from 2000 l tanks, we burn about 140lt/h for both engines. The curiosity about the top speed is satisfied when we give full throttle and touch easily 36 knots (great achievement considering the sea condition).