ORTOMARINE CLARA SCINTILLA 58.5FT SEMI-TRAD
WE TESTED Ortomarine’s first private boat earlier this year ( CB, March 2017), and having sold that one the firm brought their second boat to the show. As with the first boat, this one is a semi-trad built on one of Tyler Wilson’s Mike Christian hulls. It’s also a reverse layout, with an attractive galley at the stern, and a breakfast bar across the boat. The saloon has a large sofa bed, a TV unit under the gunwale, and a solid fuel stove. The shower room is very spacious and has a large quadrant shower. The cabin has an in-line bed with a lovely padded headboard and plenty of storage space.
One thing we particularly liked on the outside is the material used on the deck boards. It looks like a grey teak finish, but is actually a type of plastic material. It’s also soft, so makes a good surface for locker tops which double as seats.
Technically, the boat looks fairly conventional with a Beta 43 engine, a Victron 2kW inverter and solar panels. But, as you might expect from a company whose parent firm makes automated systems, there’s more to it than that. There’s a touch-screen in the saloon that displays battery monitoring, calculates fuel consumption and includes an online tutorial to the boat. In addition, there’s remote control for the heating and even the fridge, so the boat can be ready for you when you arrive.