Innovation from the inside out
If a new hull design and a new propulsion system is not enough, the design team has also come up with an innovative interior layout. Instead of the normal saloon doors that open up into the aft cockpit access to the salon is through double doors on each side with access from the side decks. These doors open to what is a foyer area with the offset dinning table. The lounge is to the rear with settees on three sides and panoramic windows for a great view. Moving forward the open plan layout features the galley to starboard with a breakfast table to port and stairs from here lead up to the pilothouse.
In the forward end of the superstructure, there is a watertight door that opens up to a forward cockpit with settees, tables and sunbeds divided by a central passageway. This forward area is conveniently located next to the galley so it forms a great open air dining place whilst in the aft cockpit there is a matching secluded cockpit with sun shelter from the flybridge overhang. A large umbrella provides the sun shelter forward when required.
The pilothouse features proper big-ship layout, with a Portuguese bridge and the option of wing control stations for use when berthing alongside. Inside, there is a panoramic dash with five screens for monitoring the navigation and the onboard systems with a chart table over on the starboard side. This bridge is a real command station, but if you want a view astern you have to go outside.
Behind the bridge there are the options of a compact captain’s cabin or a storage area, with the aft end of this deck given over to the tender stowage and the launching crane. Up above, there is a compact flybridge with a settee around the front of the central control station.
Down below you become aware of the slim lines of the hull forward – space here is limited. There are two twin cabins that feature bunks, with the VIP cabin forward. There is the option for one of the twin cabins to be a utility room, which could be a good option for serious cruising. The hull widens out enough for a large, full-width master suite where there is a large bathroom, a walk-in closet and large side windows for a good view. For the crew, there is a twin berth cabin tucked in at the transom.
On the inside, the Long Range is styled in a more traditional look, with teak being the main wood, combined with neutral coloured fabrics. The inside decks are in oak and there is a functional air about the interior that combines well with the practical layout.
In profile, the Long Range breaks new territory. There is a graceful swan-neck bow that rises up from the just visible bulbous bow at the waterline but the look is rather stunted, with the high topsides appearing out of proportion to the length with the superstructure sitting uncomfortably above. There is a wide swim platform attached to the transom and you feel that the hull lines should have been taken to the end of this platform rather than stopping short at the transom.
The flexible type of operation offered by the propulsion system does not come cheap, with the difference between just conventional diesel propulsion and the added electric system and batteries being in the region of €200,000. The batteries can handle up to around 2000 charging cycles before they need replacing, which would be a considerable time in most yacht usage. In return, you get the possibility of quiet and flexible operation and the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing your bit to save the planet.
As a long range cruising yacht, the Mochi Craft 23LR hits the spot and in my estimation, it is only on appearance that the design team has fallen down in this new concept of motor yacht. Perhaps they have tried to introduce too much innovation at the one time with three major design alternatives, but on the propulsion and hull design aspects they seem to have found a new solution, one that could point the way to the future of motor yachting.
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Technical Specifications – Mochi Craft 23 Long Range
Length overall 23m
Length waterline 20m
Draft laden 1.5m
Displacement laden 77.7 tns
Fuel capacity 7800l
Water capacity 2000l
Engine 2 x 800 hp MAN R6 diesels
Alternative engines 2 x 550 hp MAN diesels
Propulsion V-drive to shafts and propellers with electric drive option
Design Ferretti Engineering
Builder Mochi Craft