You rarely hear ‘custom boatbuilding’ and ‘affordable prices’ mentioned in the same breath, but the Dominator 800 has achieved that
Our test boat was powered by the biggest engine option, the twin 1,800hp MAN diesels. However, whereas the first boat was shaft drive, in consultation with the owner Dominator installed the Rientjes Fortjes 4000 pod drive system on the second 800.
Pod drive itself is not new, but this is the first time we’ve come across the Rientjes system in an 80ft, 30+ knot flybridge cruiser.
Flat out, we achieved a top speed of 32.6 knots, so it appears that the system holds its own in the performance stakes, but doesn’t really offer any conspicuous gains over a good shaft drive boat.
That’s probably because the Rientjes pods are fixed, so unlike IPS and Zeus, they need rudders too.
With both pods and rudders anchoring the 800 to the water, it was no surprise that the boat was extremely docile and predictable manoeuvring at slow speed around the marina. Yet the 800 was an agile boat underway that responded very quickly to the wheel.
You can read the full report on the Dominator 800 in the October 2015 issue of MBY.
Contact Dominator. Tel: +44 (0)7903 742523 Web: www.dominatoryachts.com
Custom boatbuilding can be a notoriously expensive process, but somehow Dominator has managed to offer a high quality, full custom build (albeit inside a standard GRP hull) and yet not charge over the odds for that luxury.