Pirelli 50, the flagship of TecnoRib walkaround series combines sporty spirit with quality and luxury details, spacious interiors and above all, comfortable in navigation
Evolution of the acclaimed Pirelli 42 model which attracted a lot of attention in the nautical world, Pirelli 50 is a step further – and into the magical length of 50 feet, or 15 meters. Despite its size, the Pirelli 50, with its sporty T-top connected to the windshield, retains the spirit of a sport RIB, which, ironically, might make it seem smaller – as we’re all used to seeing RIBs, even the really big ones, as nothing but tenders to larger yachts.
The true size of the Pirelli 50 becomes apparent when you step aboard, especially from the aft platform that surrounds the two large outboard engines. Another feature that becomes obvious only after stepping aboard the RIB is its width – 4.70 meters, which leaves enough room for wide side passages and a wide sundeck at the stern, with plenty of space under it for a spacious two-part storage room.
Pirelli 50, designed for versatile use (day or medium range cruising, or chase boat for a superyacht), features an aerodynamic and contemporary look that recalls the family feeling of the range
There is room for another storage, below deck level – this space serves as engine room on an inboard version, and opens with the help of hydraulics. On the bow sunpad, there is a dining table that can turn into another seat, thanks to its folding backrest.
This folding table allows seating of eight guests. The outdoor galley right in front it has a wet bar with a sink, an induction cooker (with an optional electric grill), and at the foot of it, two storage spaces and a fridge. While this would be more than enough for similar-sized RIBs, the galley of the Pirelli 50 continues on the other side, leaning against the helm seats,with enough room for three refrigerators or an ice-maker and a dishwasher.
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Above it all, there is a small cabinet with Pirelli glassware. The galley is protected by one side of the T-top, which is connected to the windshield above the command post, forming the semi-closed cockpit that Pirelli inflatables are known for. The dashboard is on the left side of the cockpit, to allow for easy interior access, but the command post is still placed centrally.
The upper row is mostly reserved for Raymarine touchscreens that allow control over most of the model’s systems, with a small Mercury screen between them, for quick access to engine controls. The lower part of the command panel is occupied by the centrally placed steering wheel, while its left side is reserved for the throttle levers, the joystick for maneuvering in marinas, and the autopilot panel.
The bow of the Pirelli 50 is dominated by a spacious sundeck in front of the windshield, while the tip of the bow is reserved for a small sofa. The interior is typical of a day cruiser and provides comfortable accommodation for a few days, with two cabins: an aft cabin with two single beds located under the steps that lead down to the interior, and an master cabin in the bow, with a double bed and a bathroom.
TechnoRib also offers the possibility of a second side-entrance on the left, directly into the owner’s cabin, which is a new feature, as well as on optional larger full-width bathroom, separating the bow cabin from the rest of the interior.
The unit we took out to sea was powered by two Mercury 600 V12 Verado outboard engines – unique for the fact only the underwater part of the engine with the propeller and fin move, instead of the entire engine. Steering in and out of ports is easy, with the help of a joystick that controls both the propeller and the bow thruster, also offering an option of automatic position holding.
The steering wheel itself is electronic and, in combination with the computer that monitors the engine, automatically limits top rotation. In sharp turns, the Pirelli 50 seems light on the sides and leans like a sport model up to a certain level, until the part of the tubes that is usually above the surface comes into contact with water. This feature also prevents splashing of the deck and the interior.
Pirelli 50 top speed
With 10 passengers aboard, the unit we tested achieved 14 knots of cruising speed, and despite full tanks and 15 knots of wind managed to reach top speed of 45 knots. In ideal conditions, Pirelli 50 boasts top speed of 50 knots.
One interesting detail is the declared cruising speed, which ranges from 30 to 35 knots, while consumption remains almost the same at both, at around 115 liters per hour per engine, which is an excellent indicator of hull efficiency. Both as a day cruiser, or as a tender for a large yacht, the new Pirelli 50 should be the first choice for customers looking for highest quality and luxury packed into sporty look and feel, in a RIB that doesn’t lose the sense of spirited adventure despite its size.
Text Mlađan Marušić
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