Concept-hulled catamaran delivers 59-knot performance in leisure version

What they say
“The Arcidiavolo GT concept boat from Cantieri di Sarnico will become a production boat and a raceboat.”

What we say
This is a catamaran up front with a single planing hull aft, that was first unveiled as a one-off concept at the 2007 Genoa Boat Show. Now the Italian builders are going into production, with both a raceboat and a ‘street’ version for us leisure boaters to enjoy.

Designed by powerboating legend Sonny Levi, the hull is said to combine the seakeeping of a monohull, with the pace and efficiency of a cat. Twin Yanmar turbo diesels on the leisure version give a claimed top speed of 59 knots with optional go-faster metallic paint and custom graphics to make sure everyone notices. Sarnico say the craft can be “enriched and refined” with accessories like leather upholstery, cabrio tops and a cabin in the bows with heads.

There are also options for tuning, with stainless steel propellers and helmets branded with the Arcidiavolo logo, not to mention high-power stereo systems.

The 80-knot race version is powered by twin 850hp Mercury engines, but unfortunately you need to be a licenced pilot to drive it.

Contact: Cantieri di Sarnico
Tel. 39 030 746 1165
Email: info@cantieridisarnico.it
Website: www.cantieridisarnico.it 

At a glance
Length: 40ft 8in (12.45m)
Beam: 11ft 4in (3.49m)
Engines: Twin 480hp Yanmar diesel
Top speed: 59 knots
Price: ?550,000 ex tax (approx £513,00 inc UK VAT)