ON BOARD

The Pardo 43’s sharp lines and cus­tom op­tions make each hull a per­sonal ex­pres­sion.

Yachting - - CONTENTS - By Chris Caswell

The Pardo 43 is an Ital­ian-built, walka­round yacht with mid-30-knot speed, a fiber­glass hull and a car­bon-fiber hard­top.

The pardo 43 is as sub­tle as a char­treuse Lam­borgh­ini Aven­ta­dor cruis­ing Mi­ami’s South Beach. From its re­versed axe bow to its black car­bon-fiber hard­top, this sport boat bursts with Ital­ian machismo. ¶ But the Pardo 43 has a softer side too, start­ing with three cushy helm seats that are rem­i­nis­cent of the Lambo’s, and con­tin­u­ing through the in­te­rior, which is fin­ished with fine de­tails that in­clude stitched-leather drawer pulls. ¶ A walka­round en­cir­cles the cabin house — which is so low, it’s barely vis­i­ble from abeam — and leads from the bow sun pad to the tran­som plat­form, pass­ing a dinette that can be re­con­fig­ured into for­ward­fac­ing seats. An op­tional fold­out “ter­race” adds more deck space, and en­graved popup cleats keep the deck clear when not in use. ¶ While the cabin ap­pears to be low, in­side it has more than 6-foot-5-inch head­room, an open lay­out and a wider-than-queen-size is­land berth. My test boat also had op­tional twin berths aft. Grain-matched pale oak fills the dé­cor, where niceties in­clude self-clos­ing draw­ers, stitched-leather trim and book­shelves

with sea rails. The only bulk­heads sur­round the head, with the rest of the space left open. One rea­son for the spa­cious sense is the ab­sence of a gal­ley. This is a day­boat, with a grill, sink and fridge in a con­sole abaft the helm. ¶ Speak­ing of the helm, a steeply raked Lucite wind­screen pro­tects the skip­per. Over­head, the hard­top is sup­ported on splayed sup­ports with a pair of tinted moon­roofs. ¶ Power on my test boat was op­tional 435 hp Volvo Penta IPS600s (as op­posed to the stan­dard 370 hp Volvo Penta IPS500s). In smooth water, she topped out at 34 knots, burning 30 gal­lons per hour for an eco­nom­i­cally friendly cruise in the mid-20-knot range. ¶ Her han­dling makes her nim­ble and fun. That snarky bow pierces chop, the chines throw spray aside, and the 16-de­gree tran­som dead­rise keeps the ride soft and solid.

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