Talk about diversifying. Rivolta Yachts, a Sarasota, Fla., builder of high-end custom express and sedan cruising yachts from 38 to 90 feet (as well as sailing yachts), has launched a line of panga-style skiffs.
A panga-style boat is traditionally narrow, but this builder has given the Mojito 18 more beam for stability and higher freeboard for safety. The 18 carries a beam of nearly 7 feet.
A standard jack plate on the Mojito 18 decreases draft while under power. The Mojito 18, as well as a 16-footer, are in production, and the company planned to introduce its first 22-footer in July. A 20-foot model will follow. The builder also is offering a stripped-down version of the 18 - the 18C - that has a smaller center console and no liner.
A 90-hp Suzuki 4-stroke matches up well with the Mojito 18. At 29 mph, the Suzuki burns 4.5 gph, which equates to 6.5 mpg. Top speed is 37 mph. It also does fine with a Suzuki 70.
The top half of the center console opens on hinges and folds aft, giving excellent access to helm wiring, engine controls and the battery. The console was designed with toekick around its perimeter for increased balance. A handrail that wraps around the console adds to safety on deck. The uncluttered layout includes a raised foredeck casting platform with storage; two stern compartments can be used for live-well, fish-box or dry-storage purposes.
Rivolta uses resin infusion to build its larger yachts, but the Mojito 18 is hand-laid, Rivolta says.
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