THE PROOF IS IN THE NUM­BERS

Yachting - - REVIEWED -

Dur­ing our sea trial en route to Mi­ami, my test ves­sel sliced through the 3- to 5-foot slop at a pretty steady 14.5 knots. I looked over the cap­tain’s shoul­der ev­ery few min­utes, not­ing that he didn’t have to jockey the throt­tles. The FD85 took each quar­ter­ing and beam wave gen­tly, dig­ging in a lit­tle and ris­ing un­der con­trol. There was no slam from the oc­ca­sional 6-foot­ers we en­coun­tered, and the yacht’s per­for­mance num­bers were close to the fac­tory data. Based on its 3,480-gal­lon fuel ca­pac­ity, the FD85 Open Bridge has a range of 2,758 nau­ti­cal miles at a leisurely 8.4 knots, a 960 nm range at 12.2 knots, and a 407 nm range at 20.2 knots. That’s a good cut of speed for a 206,570-pound yacht with a 5-foot-11-inch draft run­ning in less-than-ideal sea con­di­tions.

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