Silver Arrows Marine (SAM) CEO, Jacopo Spadolini, said: “This was an exciting moment for Silver Arrows Marine and I am pleased to say the boat showed all the potential we expected. It looked solid, powerful and like nothing else afloat.”

Silver Arrow

The sea trials provided the first taste of how the new hull performs in a variety of trim, load and sea states - and as befits a project that merges both marine and automotive worlds, many of the techniques used, including automotive-style data acquisition, have their origins in motor racing. SAM Engineering Director, Giorgio Stirano, who has run Formula One motor racing teams, explains: “Boats are not racing cars, but to use F1-style telemetry for data logging makes a great deal of sense. With equipment such as accelerometers and gyroscopes, along with GPS positioning, we have been able to build up a good picture of the boat’s abilities.”

The trials included an offshore ‘racing circuit’, complete with virtual corners, so that comparable lap times could be taken to gauge how different set-ups affected the boat’s performance, handling and comfort. And helmsman for the first trials, SAM Global Marketing and PR Director, Paolo Bonaveri, said: “The hull is very new and different in terms of its profile and in certain sea states it impressed us greatly for its manoeuvrability and comfort. We liken our motor yacht to a Granturismo motor car: dynamic but with great comfort and luxury - and the trials showed we are on the right course.”

The sea trials provided an opportunity to fine-tune the propulsion system and assess the boat’s capabilities in different conditions, and in particular its ability to stay dry at its projected cruising speed of 30 knots. Jacopo Spadolini explains: “We are not looking for ultimate speed but all-round performance with great comfort and ease of handling. Our testing shows we are on the way to achieving it but we recognise there is a lot of work still to be done.” See for more.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.