Aprea mare 12 meter
SEPTEMBER 2005
 
   
Length overall  40'
Beam 15'
Draft 4'
Fuel Capacity  370 gals
Water Capacity 130 gals
Standard power  Twin 500hp
CAT diesels


Captain Joe DeRemer mans the well laid out helm.


The main saloon features an L-shaped settee with an adjustable table and a functional galley for elegant entertaining.

The rounded stern is striking, modeled after the 'gozzo,' a traditional double-ended fishing boat that's been used on the Bay of Naples for the past 2,000 years. Apreamare has designed this modern fiberglass version, built in their plant in Sorrento, Italy, to keep this salty appearance above the waterline while adding a square-sterned modified-V planing hull underneath. Powered with twin 500-hp Caterpillar diesels, the Apreamare 12 Meter can run at a top speed of 32 knots and cruise easily at 20 knots.

I recently had a chance to inspect a beautiful blue-hulled model offered by MarineMax at their dealership in Annapolis. The dealer, Noelle Semmes, and her skipper, Captain Joe DeRemer, took me out on a slick-calm morning. While we were warming up the engines at the dock, Noelle took me on a tour of the boat.

The large, open cockpit has an all-teak deck and high coamings capped with deeply varnished mahogany to match the trim girding the topsides. A settee snuggles into the curve of the transom, hidden underneath is a deep lazarette where the shore-power cable lies neatly coiled and the AC units are silently stowed. Sturdy ladders lead down over the transom on either side of the settee. You can peer underneath the wide swim platform and see the square stern just under the waterline. The engine room lies underneath a hefty hatch in the cockpit sole. A handsomely finished mahogany wet bar faces aft with a refrigerator and ice maker under the counter behind louvered doors.

Wide side decks lead to the expansive foredeck, where a spacious sun pad graces the teak decking. A cozy 'love seat' built into the forward edge of the cabin top provides an inviting perch.

The helm deck under the hard top features a classic dinette to port with fore-and-aft facing benches and a table that folds up out of the way, and a helm station to starboard with a wide seat. The expansive dash is neatly laid out and has room for two sizeable chartplotter screens. Visibility from the helm is good all around, seated or standing.

The Apreamare 12 meter is available with several interior layout options. In this model, the main saloon has good headroom all around. The L-shaped settee of the dinette converts to a double berth. The galley is well equipped and has a good amount of storage space in drawers and cabinets. The guest stateroom to starboard has twin berths that convert to a double with an insert. The head has a separate shower stall. The forward stateroom's rounded double island berth mimics the shape of the stern. There's also a private head and shower, and hanging lockers.

We dropped the lines and slipped out of the harbor. Once we were in the open, we reached a top speed of 32.9 knots at 2500 rpm with quarter-filled fuel tanks and a freshly cleaned bottom and running gear. At 2150 rpm, we clocked a fast cruising speed of 28 knots, and 26.6 knots at 2000 rpm.

The heavily-built hull made for a solid ride, but the twin 500-hp CATs provided plenty of power. The hydraulic steering was responsive and smooth. While there were few waves or wakes to get a good sense of how the boat would behave in any weather, Apreamare's solid fiberglass hulls are rated in Europe for up to 100 miles offshore.