Italia 15.98: Designed to cover long distances. n the design of Italia 15.98 the tradition of the great ocean-going fast cruisers is reborn and updated to the latest hydrodynamics. “True Bluewater” best describes Italia 15.98, conceived to cruise long distances, combining performance, comfort and timeless style, with the guarantee of safe arrival even under the harshest conditions.
Italia 15.98 is a project by Matteo Polli, Italia Yachts chief designer, in collaboration with the yacht designer Tommaso Spadolini. It is a complete all-round boat with the performance you would expect from a fast cruiser. Seagoing boat behaviour, yet classic and original lines.
Italia 15.98 is designed to let you live well on board while sailing. Development of the excellent hull that characterizes the smaller sister Italia 13.98, Italia 15.98 earns the internal hull volume and liveability on deck without substantially increasing the wet surface.
The hull has flared sections with knee high and deep deadrise at the bow. The shape allows a variable stern waterline length, limited with low wind, stretches dynamically with increasing speed.
Aspects related to comfort at sea, are carefully studied on the longitudinal trim and symmetry of the volumes while heeled as well as in the concentration of the weights as much as possible to limit the tendency to pitch.
Deck concept. The deck layout reminds the maxy yachts’ one. This allows having wide areas free from equipment: a separate cockpit area, side decks and large areas for sunbathing. All the equipment is of the highest quality, starting from the oversized winches for jib and mainsail trim. All winches can be electrically powered. On the coachroof, there are tracks for the jib sheets inclusive of travellers, and 14 clutches and relative deck organizers are installed on the deck plan. All pushpits and stanchions are made in stainless steel and side gates are installed on both sides of the boat.
A large cockpit. The large teak cockpit is divided into three areas. The front part is reserved for guests and completely free from equipment. The benches, 2.30 meters long and 58 cm wide, also perfect for sunbathing, are served by a large table with folding wings, protected by a sprayhood, supplied as standard. Under the benches, there are two deep lockers for equipment.
In line with the wheels, the cockpit floor is lowered; the manoeuvring area is concentrated close to the wheels, with enough space for the crew but with ergonomics that allows the helmsman to control the whole boat using the four winches. Behind the wheels, a flat and clear surface can be fully allocated to the sunbathing area, in direct connection with the sea.
Under the cockpit floor, there is a large storage compartment accessible by three lockers to store equipment and facilities, while on one side there is a liferaft locker.
Deck and coachroof design. The portholes design is further emphasized by the presence of different levels that give movement to the whole profile. The grid on the coaming provides a touch
of exclusivity. The coachroof is conceived to allow the storage of the sprayhood and of all the lines, which run recessed up to the winches. Coachroof central area is perfect for sunbathing; on each side, there are the jib rails, with adjustments to the cockpit, which allow optimal upwind angles.
The numerous hatches are all flush deck. The sidewalk is free from equipment and allows the passage towards the bow safely and comfortably. The anchoring system provides a windlass 1.500 W for an anchor housed on a steel bow roller. The slightly angled bow benefits the anchoring operation. It can be supplied a bowsprit as well as a pivoting system that allows to hide the whole anchor arm. The through deck furler and foldable moorings cleats emphasize the tidiness of the whole area.
About construction quality. The hull and deck are made of sandwich with biaxial and unidirectional glass fabrics impregnated with vinylester resin. In the central part of the boat, the structure consists of a grid of galvanized steel stringers and floors, to ensure high resistance to concentrated loads. The structural frame is designed to constitute a closed structural ring, able to distribute in an optimal manner efforts on the hull and deck and to withstand the large loads from the keel, mast and rigging.
Keel and rudder. Italia 15.98 is proposed with various versions of the keel, in order to satisfy the different ways to use the boat. The standard version, for those who want maximum performance or have any draft limitations, provides a 2.90 m T-shaped keel, with Weldox 700 steel blade and a lead torpedo. There are two L-shaped keel options for shallow draft. The rudder has a standard high aspect ratio and it is 2.50 meters deep. The steering system includes two pedestals with completely separate and independent circuits to improve safety during navigation.
Sail Plan. The standard version is provided with an aluminium boom and three spreaders mast by John Mast, with discontinuous rod rigging and closed turnbuckles. Upon request, it is available a carbon mast and boom solution. The furling drum recessed below deck is manual with the ability to manoeuvre through the halyards winch. All the running rigging is made with ropes made of Dyneema® cores
Twelve versions to choose from. Various layouts are available, including large aft owner’s cabin versions. Two to five cabin layouts are available. A bow crew cabin option is offered complete with sink and wc. The styling ensures optimum brightness while maintaining a warm and cosy atmosphere.
The saloon, offered in two different versions, is bright and airy thanks to the many portlights, of which seven are openable. On the port side of the main cabin, the dining table and sofa seating for eight can be served by further seats on the opposite side.
There are various alternatives on the starboard side: when the galley is at stern, organized on both sides along the passage leading to the cabin, there is another sofa that ends at the bow with the chart table. Alternatively, in this area you can opt for a large galley with a central work area.
|Model||Italia Yachts 15.98|
|Designer||Matteo Polli / Studio Spadolini / Italia Yachts|
|Sail Area||176sqm (Main + Jib) 144sqm (Gennaker)|
|Engine||75hp with Saildrive (optional 110hp)|
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