Good things always take a while. It had been since the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival that we had been looking forward to the Franchini Mia 63, the boat designed by Massimo Franchini and built by the Franchini Shipyard, going on the water. One only has to look at the bow, unheard of in the boating world, to know that one is dealing with a special powerboat. And with such a pedigree and a very interesting project, the ears of the press and, more importantly, the public immediately perked up.
Launched Franchini Mia 63
Franchini MIA 63 was christened with a classic bottle of champagne by Mia Franchini, Massimo’s daughter and muse of the project. “Mia 63, beyond borders, beyond the horizon of the 21st century” is the motto that accompanied the creation of this boat. And Mia with her lines goes other. Lines, as we often say, alone are not enough. And here is a state-of-the-art engineering design with a boat that from early tests appears perfectly balanced on its waterline. Switching on the two 745-horsepower Volvo IPS 900 engines, which are controlled with a state-of-the-art joystick, Mia is ready to sail.
The first tests of Mia 63
From initial tests, the boat starts gliding at about 15 knots. With 16 people on board, it took just 19 seconds to hit a speed of 27.2 knots at 2,350 rpm, with an instantaneous consumption of 90 liters per hour per engine. At 22 knots at 2,000 rpm, consumption drops to 69 liters per engine. On a 63-foot boat with 16 people on board, a total consumption of not even 140 liters per hour at cruising speed is an achievement that undoubtedly does not go unnoticed.
For long cruises
And in this Franchini Mia 63 also reveals its vocation for long-range cruising. In a sporty motoryacht livery Mia 63 hides a stable hull, designed by Roberto Prever’s Naos studio, that keeps the longitudinal trim perfectly horizontal even when entering glide, without gybing, and makes one expect not to need the roll stabilizer, which is particularly fashionable today.
A return in style (and true to the mark it has made over the years) for a historic shipyard like Franchini, which has thrilled dozens and dozens of boaters since 1946.
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