On Test. Sacs Strider 11 Limousine: an elegant, seductive and very fast Maxi Rib
Sly and malicious, she seduces the observer at the very first sight. The game of seduction she triggers leaves no way out: through those cat eyes emerging from the deck, the Strider 11 Limousine observes her prey and captures it with her best weapons: sensuality, elegance and power.
The whimsical Christian Grande, official designer of almost the entire Sacs Marine‘s fleet, has once again confirmed his talent, accepting the shipyard’s request to make the Strider 11 even more seductive than the highly successful predecessor.
The result is simply great: this restyled version developed on particularly harmonious and sinuos lines is, in fact, an unprecedented expression of class, suitable for both recreational activities and a possible use as mega-tender for superyachts.
Exteriors: conviviality and comfort take off
The Limo model, also known as Openback, is a Maxi Rib with a special focus on comfort. Featuring a surprising spaciousness for a boat of this size, the living area, for example, immediately suggests how, on board the new Strider 11, relaxation is a duty and not only a pleasure.
High and sturdy, the backrests of the U-shaped sofa envelop the cockpit and give a sense of protection even to those who prefer to lie down on the huge sundeck at the stern that materializes by lowering the central table, which can be covered with refined closed-cell cushions.
While the maximum beam (almost 3.80 m) translates into a large open-air lounge (equipped with an outdoor kitchen behind the pilot seat) at the stern, the bow deck accommodates a wide solarium, where the bow sundeck extends from the deckhouse to the winch without interruptions.
The deck house, designed in a curvilinear and dynamic way according to the aesthetic standards of the automotive sector and conspicuously raised above the deck plan, allows to take advantage of more headroom inside the cabin.
The helm station house a double ergonomic seating with stand-up cushions and a compact fully-equipped high-tech steering console. The T-Top, devoid of lateral supports, seems to float above our heads, while, under our fee, the solid teak floor stands out in all its elegant light, extending to the stern platforms.
Interiors: an exclusive and welcoming atmosphere
Comfort and luxury go hand in hand below deck, where the king-sized bed takes advantage of a considerable headroom and spaciousness, thanks to the particular design of the deck house. The hallway is equally welcoming while, on the starboard side, the head is equipped with portholes.
Materials are of the highest quality and this is perceivable everywhere. No detail is left to chance. Spotlights, for example, are arranged in a horseshoe over the bed, giving brightness without being invasive. The interior layout – spacious and livable, as well as exclusive and classy – is therefore the natural continuation of the exterior one and allows the Strider 11 to be counted among the ranks of day-cruisers.
Sea Trial: great stability and perfect responsiveness
Sacs Marine’s Maxi Ribs are well-known not only for their modern and innovative design but also for their excellent performance and unparalleled comfort at sea. Not surprisingly, the Strider 11 Limousine, despite her sedcutive and easy-going appearance, turns into a marine predator as soon as we give fuel to the two Mercury outboards, 300HP each. At 2,500 rpm and little more than 11 knots, in fact, the boats gets up on plane.
Today, the waves do not seem particularly insidious, so we seize the opportunity to accelerate up over 24 knots: the tubes do not vibrate, the hull is perfectly stable and, in the console, we feel comfortable and safe. Acceleration is excellent and linear. View is perfect and the windscreen protects us from the wind efficiently.
With the trim slightly up, we push the gas throttles forward to see what the Strider 11 is made of. At 5,500 rpm, the boat reaches a speed of 44 knots; at 6,000 rpm, the speed increases up to 44.7 knots. Not bad for the propulsion installed on board which, suggested by the shipyard, is certainly not particularly powerful for a 11.5-meter boat. Sacs Marine’s staff, in fact, assures that the Strider 11 can reach a top speed of 48 knots.
Still excited, we head back to the Marina di Varazze, seduced but not abandoned: we will back on the attractive and performing Strider 11 Limousine very soon.
Sacs Strider 11 Limousine: Performance
Sacs Strider 11 Limousine: Technical Specs
|Overall Length||11.51 m|
|Hull Length||9.98 m|
|Overall Width||3.79 m|
|Draft||0.60 m (0.85 m)|
|No of Compartments
|Hull||Deep V Hull|
|Weight with standard engines||4,2 t|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||530 l|
|Fresh Water Tank Capacity||130 l|
|Black Waters Capacity||40 l|
||EC – B|
|Maximum Power||662 kW|
|Recommended Engine||2 x Mercury 300 hp|
|Top Speed||48 kn|
|Cruising Speed||28-32 kn|
|Fuel Consumption||70 lt/h|
|Range (cruising speed)||220 NM|
|Design||Christian Grande DesignWorks|