Trying something new is risky, especially for boatbuilders. It’s more comfortable to stick with the formulas that usually work, more or less – for overall design purpose (offshore fishing, bay fishing, wakeboarding, etc.), for powerplants and steering, for general styling, and so on. But there are pitfalls along that path, too. With so many builders sticking to the formulae, breakouts are hard to achieve.
Improvements tend to come in design and construction details that are hard to see, much less quantify, or in installed equipment, dealer add-on packages, and so forth. All this tends to blur the lines between big-name builders and presents a sort of good-but-the-same menu for boat buyers.
So both the boatbuilding industry industry and its customers pay attention when a new builder like Danalevi enters the arena. The Massachusetts company has introduced just one boat so far – the 22-foot Furina, launched in October of 2013 — and it’s a bold statement. While the Furina can probably serve several purposes, its main function will be to transport a few passengers in leather-cradled high style and, when wanted, at high speed.
The styling is either retro American automotive or Mediterranean, depending on how you interpret some of the curves and swoops. The names of the company and of the boat itself are conjured-up words, but they seem to speak of Europe, and in fact the Furina is being marketed as a slick tender in the megayacht world.
The dash above the wheel houses just three round instruments – tach, speedo, and a combo gauge with voltmeter, oil pressure, and engine temp. This is a look that Danalevi principal Ross Hartman explicitly borrowed from the old car world. But the dash console also houses a Garmin Glass Cockpit multifunction touch screen display for engine data, multimedia connectivity, GPS navigation, VHF communication, and more. The Glass Cockpit is designed to work with Volvo-Penta engines, and this Volvo-Penta 380-hp V8 runs a stern drive that will push the Furina to 65 mph – just what you need to get from your megayacht into the docks at Monte Carlo.
The cockpit is also air-conditioned, so you can stay cool on your way to the baccarat table, Mr. Bond.
With a beam of 8’6”, a draft of two feet, and 22 degrees of transom deadrise, the Furina should provide a comfortable ride through light chop and harbor wakes. Hull construction is high-end, using vinylester resin and vacuum-infusion methods. Customers who order the boat pre-construction can choose their colors from a custom palette.
It will take pretty deep pockets to buy a Furina at the list price of $159,000 per copy. On the other hand, plenty of offshore center-consoles and other day boats cost that much and more — so it’s a good bet that there will be takers outside the megayacht world more than willing to set aside fish guts, wakeboards, and kids’ tubes in favor of turning heads along the waterfront.
Read Brett Becker’s review on boats.com: Danalevi Furina: The Future is Now – and Yesterday. And see his Short Take video below. For more information, contact Danalevi Powerboats.