Who says a 60ft open sportscruiser can't offer all-weather performance? Jack Haines takes a closer look at the Bluegame 62
The Bluegame brand is best described as the glamorous Mediterranean answer to the Botnia Targa range of boats. Founded by Olympic sailor Luca Santella and naval architect Lou T Codega, but now owned by Sanlorenzo Yachts, it builds fast, stylish, seaworthy SUBs (Sports Utility Boats).
Unlike the Targas, Bluegames feature an open cockpit rather than an enclosed wheelhouse, but thanks to that wraparound reverse angled windscreen, substantial hard top and two sunken central cockpits, it still provides plenty of shelter under way and can be enclosed with canopies in really inclement weather.
Deep bulwarks and wide walkaround decks encircling the boat make it very safe to move about on, although the stern has been left open for easier access to the water via the hydraulic bathing platform. There’s even a fancy set of steps that drop down into the water.
Entry to the interior is not quite so effortless, with a rather steep and surprisingly long companionway leading down into the deep vee hull. With only two cabins (a full beam owner’s suite and a vee berth twin in the bows) it’s not going to win any prizes for accommodation but that’s not its priority.
Twin IPS1200 engines give this 61ft monster a top speed of almost 40 knots and it will cruise all day at 27 knots while burning 108lph. Bluegame also claims it can keep up these speeds in seas that few of its competitors would go out in. As a hardcore alternative to a typical 60ft open sportscruiser, it sounds tempting.