Zar 73

Unique-looking Italian cabin RIB packed with detail

The unusual-looking Zar hails from Italy, comes with two different levels of fitout and a choice of inboard or outboard power.

It also operates in the grey area between RIB and sportsboat as its sponsons disappear into the forward sections leaving a solid GRP bow.

The Zar’s cabin packs in the detail, and is quite luxurious and comfortable for a boat of just under 24ft in length. Every part of it is lined with stitched vinyl, LED down lights are a sophisticated touch and someone has taken the trouble to fit teak locker doors to even the smallest void.

On deck, the aft cockpit offers a wealth of lounging opportunities while a teak table adds some class to proceedings.

An under-helm galley includes a proper fridge and hob.

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Given its fitout and inboard diesel engine, the Zar felt a little heavy on the water, but still delivered a solid, cruiser-like ride quality that will give you the confidence to take on longer passages.

Tested September 2009


  • Overall score:


  • Cockpit options, lots of room for cruising kit


  • High price for an inboard engine

Price as reviewed:



Incredibly keen to impress, and packed with detail and cruising specifications.


Cabins: 1
Beam: 8ft 4in (2.5m)
Length Overall: 23ft 11in (7.3m)
Engines: 250hp FNM 5cyl diesel
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