A total of four IPS drives
Yacht Class n°7 (dec-jan-feb 2017)
Proud heir of Permare, the Cento displays a design and agressive profile, a technical innovation with four Volvo Penta IPS drives and generous volumes. Very pleasant to sail thanks to her pods drives, she is also very welcoming thanks to her spacious layout.
Text : Alain Brousse - Photos : Matthieu Carlin & DR
Last year, Permare attracted attention with its brand new 94' equipped with three Volvo Penta IPS1200 (3 x 900 hp) and a top speed of 27,4 knots. This was not exactly a premiere. A few years earlier, the American shipyard Lazzara had already launched a unit of the same size with three IPS. But let's say that this was unprecedented in Europe. So is the 100-foot launched this year, this time equipped with 4 x IPS1050 (4 x 800 hp). As we can well imagine, this brand new unit, who has already seduced an owner, had required a close collaboration between the Volvo engineers and Permare's R&D department. Contrasting to more conventional transmissions such as shaft lines, the IPS has to comply with precise specifications. Thus, the shape of her hull was modified on her last third to adjust to her different centers of pressure. No sooner aboard this 29 metres than we head to the wheelhouse to make demands on the four Volvo Penta IPS1050. The joystick - a throttle of barely 20 cm high - is sufficient to manœuvre, even in delicate situations.
There is no need to touch the helm or to call in a propeller. Actually, the latter is not even available on this unit : "we can easily do without it" confirms the captain. Q.E.D. De facto, the Cento skillfully weaves towards a port exit rather busy during this Cannes Yachting Festival. Only after does she express herself in her "Quad" version. Nine seconds - no more, no less - were necessary to go from rest to 20 knots. This proves the efficiency of the IPS coupled with a hull that planes easily. With a correct adjustment of the flaps, she will exceed 28 knots, which is quite satisfactory. A 100' sailing at this speed is always impressive. She also impresses by her ability to make relatively sharp curves, which is an asset in case of unexpected obstacle. But let's focus on her cruising speed, if not the ideal one, at least the advised one : 20 knots at 1 900 rpm for a total consumption of 340 l/h and a 580 miles range. No doubt this 100’ will skillfully cover miles, with indoor noise levels between 56 and 58 dBA. To satisfy speed lovers, the shipyard also propose a Volvo Penta IPS1200 (4 x 900 hp) package that should go over 30 knots.
The Amer Cento also has a second helm station on the starboard side of the flybridge, surrounded by a double sofa. Accessible via the wheelhouse, this place hosts all the conventional equipment for relaxation : a bar with a kitchenette (sink, barbecue and refrigerator), a dining room (6 to 8 guests), a jacuzzi and enough space for four deckchairs. The hardtop covers half the fly, but can be entirely opened thanks to a electrically foldable canvas. On the foredeck, the deckhouse is entirely covered with a solarium for 4 to 6. The stern hosts a garage (tender : 4.50 m) and a three-quarters hydraulic swimming platform. Converting it into a small beach club should be easy and will be an undeniable additional asset. In agreement with the owner, Permare's design team has opted for a cork flooring for all the outdoors instead of the traditional marine teak. Its benefits ? Lighter, it also does not retain any heat and requires low maintenance but this material is not as classy as teak. Note that is not the only surprising material onboard. Let's head to the indoor saloon. Some might consider it a bit dark but it definitely has a fierce allure. The teak we see there is "150 years-old" underlined Rodolfo Amerio, who discovered this authentic treasure in Java. The owner fell in love with this material. And we can definitely assert that he appreciates dark woods. The master for example, on the front part of the main deck, is dressed with varnished mahogany and teak. In addition to an office, the suite also has a bathroom located behind the headboard, finely decorated with, among others, travertin. Belowdeck, in the hull, the VIP cabin is slightly smaller than the master suite but its generous dimensions will comfortably welcome "special" guests. It also hosts two twin cabins, for a total sleeping capacity of eight. Note that the shipyard also proposes a ten guests layout that will accommodate two cabins in the center of the hull instead of the VIP. And for those who prefer a fully independent indoor dining room, there is also a package where the master gives way to a place dedicated to meals - preferably gourmet ones.
Introduced at the Cannes Yachting Festival, then on display at the Genoa show, the Amer Cento has quickly become famous. After the sea trial, Rodolfo Amerio, the son of the founder of Permare, confirmed the launch of an Amer 110', also equipped with four IPS, who should undergo her first sea trial beginning of January 2017. Permare only swears by the Swedish pods.
- Overall length : 29,60 m
- Max beam : 7 m
- Draft : 2 m
- Fuel : 10 000 l
- Water : 2 000 l
- Déplacement à mi charge : 85 t
- Engine: 4 x Volvo Penta IPS1050
- Power: 4 x 800 ch (4 x 590 kW)
- Max speed : 28,6 knots
- Cruising range : 580 milles à 20 knots
- Price : 8,6 millions d’euros H.T
- Naval architect : Verme Projects
- Exterior designer : Verme Projects
- Interior designer : Stefano Tini
- Builder : Permare (San Remo – Italie)