Along with the disappearing chart table, safety and security are two areas that are increasingly in danger of being overlooked in favour of style. Fortunately this is not the case on the RC430.

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Storebro RC430 Biscay

Along with the disappearing chart table, safety and security are two areas that are increasingly in danger of being overlooked in favour of style. Fortunately this is not the case on the RC430.

The wide, grippy teak-laid sidedecks are a huge improvement over the narrow strips of GRP that many manufacturers now expect us to teeter along. other than the two easily rectified failings on the flybridge, the deck impressed me with its tremendous feeling of security.

The standard of engineering was very high: We cannot remember a detail that could be significantly improved upon. Access to service items was particularly good, and this is bound to make a difference to all but the most conscientious of owners. During our three-day test, what also left a strong impression was the effectiveness of the saloon: the good internal helm, the comfort of the seating, and the amount of light.

Despite the small numbers of boats they build – and the inevitable ‘hand built by craftsmen’ reputation that follows – Storebro have some impressive advanced technology at work: their computer-cut furniture and their single-piece moulded hull stiffening being two examples. Having examined their construction drawings in some detail, we can vouch for the substantial nature of the hull and deck construction.

Although the superstructure is new, the RC430 still remains very traditional in appearance compared with its obvious European competitors. They may be bought, as may the Storebro, predominantly because of the buyer’s preference for a particular style. However it would be a mistake to presuppose that powerboats with more contemporary styling and glossier woodwork finishes somehow fulfil completely different functions. Anyone in the market for a safe, well-constructed and engineered, twin-cabin, aft-cockpit flybridge cruiser would be impressed with the Storebro RC430 Biscay.

DIMENSIONS

Length overall 45ft 5in 13.83m

Hull length 41ft 11in 12.77m

Beam 13ft 6in 4.11m

Draught 3ft 11in 1.20m

Air draught (mast raised) 15ft 1in 4.61m

Air draught (mast folded) 11ft 8in 3.56m

Displacement 111/2 tons

Fuel capacity 325 gal 1,600 litres

Water capacity 123 gal 600 litres

Holding Tank Capacity 33 gal 150 litres

Engines Twin Caterpillar

3126 420hp @ 2,800rpm

6-cylinder 7.2lt

turbo diesels Four-bladed props,

23in 5 33in (584mm 5 838mm)

RPM Speed Trim GPH MPG Range

600 4.5 0.5° n/a n/a n/a

1,000 7.6 1.0° 3.9 2.05 577

1,500 10.2 4.5° 8.3 1.44 405

2,000 18.6 4.0° 15.0 1.27 358

2,500 26.7 4.0° 25.7 1.05 296

2,700 28.1 3.5° 36.6 0.77 217

Range figures allow for 20% reserve

25% fuel, 15% water, 2 crew

Sea state: 16in (400mm) chop

Wind strength: Force 3

Performance

Maximum Speed 28.1 knots

Maximum Range 217 miles at 2,700rpm

Cruising Speed 23 knots

Cruising Range 327 miles at 2,250rpm

Price from

Price as tested

£262,500 ex VAT £297,535 ex VAT

SOUND LEVELS dB(A)

SALOON COCKPIT FLYBRIDGE

Cruising @

23 knots 79 8.5 7.5

Maximum @

28.1 knots 8.2 8.8 7.8

BUILDER

Storebro Bruks AB,

S-590 83 Storebro Sweden.

Tel: +46 (0)49 219500.

Fax: +46 (0)49 230300.

SUPPLIER

Kempers Watersport Kudelstraart,

Kudelstraartseweg 226,

1433 GR Kudelstraart,

Netherlands.

Tel: +31 (0)297 385385.

Fax: +31 (0)297 385380.