Ryan Breymaier on Maserati: Straightlining to the Equator

Ryan Breymaier on Maserati: Straightlining to the Equator

Sunday February 3 2013 Author: Ryan Breymaier Maserati Location: none selected

Onboard Maserati, we are straight line sailing, VMG downwind, making easy miles towards the Equator. I have come to the conclusion that this is akin to the GT version of the Maserati, the Gran Turismo. Made for quickly covering long distances easily, this boat just smoothly eats the miles, with plenty of power on tap in the optional A3-Full Main configuration, cruising down this flat straight road at high speed.

Instead of the roar of a V-8 exhaust, we have the constant hiss of water past the hull and the burble of a small diesel as we charge the batteries twice a day.

We also have palatial comfort on board, compared with the pure sports car hulls of the IMOCAs and MOD 70s that I am used to. 6 bunks a side, standing headroom nearly throughout, a galley with two burners, and a plumbed in head complete the sumptuous interior furnishings.

One niggling complaint though, it is as if someone has left the sunroof cracked during a small shower on our Sunday drive… Even in 12 knots, if the bow dips into a wave, it rolls straight back, around the cabin top, and down the companionway steps. An inexcusable design flaw in such a refined machine. Could you pass the Grey Poupon and the duct tape please!

We have 690 miles to go to the equator, and are not even going to have to stop for gas (production of which aboard is a different story altogether) The wind is around 12-14 knots, gently declining as we get to 4S or so, and remaining light till 6N or so, about 3 days with the convertible top down in 6-8 knots.

After we will have a few more GT days with some nice reaching conditions into the NE Trades before heading onto the foggy circuit for the final few murky chicanes into the finish.”

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