An adrenaline junkie’s delight, this masterpiece of madness is also a luxury RIB without compromise.
The ‘sensible’ choice is twin 600hp Mercury Verado outboards – engines so new that few people have actually seen them yet.
The performance and stunning looks of this mega RIB are very much this Greek company’s DNA. Cleverly created with a versatile transom design, this finely sculptured piece of pure indulgence has a selection of truly hard-core engine options. The ‘sensible’ choice is twin 600hp Mercury Verado outboards – engines so new that few people have actually seen them yet. Superbly engineered, they are the world’s first V12 outboards and feature a steerable gear case and twin-speed transmission. Steerable gear cases enable twin V12s to sit on the transom of this boat with room to spare, as the powerheads do not need to rotate when the boat turns. Further insight into this engine can be found in Issue 168 of PBR, but the long and short of it is that this 572kg twin-prop engine in a twin set-up is an ideal power package for boats like the Omega 47.
For those of you that need more, you can opt for quadruple outboards in the form of 450R Mercury Racing engines. This will get you to that 80-knot mark, and with four engines on the transom it certainly sends a message, but the high-speed fuel burn will make a pair of 600hp Verados look frugal. Then there is the option of twin diesel surface drives, which for those that want to cover some serious sea miles with few visits to a fuel pontoon could be the answer. It appears that triple 450R Mercury Racing outboards were a popular choice for the Omega 47s built so far, but this may change with the launch of the Mercury V12.
Performance can exceed 80 knots, but this level of performance is nothing without seakeeping to match. Technohull claim that this boat exhibits fantastic handling and impeccable safety, courtesy of their patented DynaStream hull design. Developed over five years by a dedicated in-house team of naval architects, DynaStream employs two distinct steps in the hull. This provides enhanced hydrodynamic lift, natural cushioning and a high level of stability at all speeds. It is also claimed that this ‘hyper-ventilated’ hull shape is 10-15 per cent more efficient than previous Technohull designs, so its big 265-gallon fuel tank should last a bit longer.
Through a rigorous process of CFD simulation, scale and full-sized tank testing, while utilising the performance results of various stepped-hull designs, Technohull have gained a thorough understanding of the high-performance planing hull. Developed from the earlier Omega 45, the super-deep-vee hull of the 47 not only boasts an impressive top speed with a dry ride but also an ability to maintain low planing speeds when required. It certainly is a purist driver’s boat, especially with between 200 and 300 hp per tonne – something that very few production performance boats achieve, particularly 47-footers.
State-of-the-art digital switching puts total control over the boat’s systems at the helmsman’s fingertips. This potential information overload is made all the easier by a large secondary Raymarine Axiom display for the boat’s systems. A third MFD, courtesy of Mercury VesselView technology, displays data for up to four engines. Navigation options run from solid-state Quantum radar to a remote-control searchlight and a night vision camera. The ergonomically designed helm console and shock-mitigating seats enhance the intuitive helm set-up, while providing secure seated or standing driving options.
Something this company is well known for is good ergonomics, and this boat does not disappoint. Recognising the need for crew security in an 80-knot boat, you can specify the Omega 47 with six superb wrap-around bucket seats, complete with powered drop-down seat bases for those who want to stand. Extra entertainment is available from the standard-fitment Fusion Apollo marine audio.
On-board catering is courtesy of the massive wet bar that sits behind the helm seating. Providing sink, griddle, fridge, water maker and expresso machine, among other features, it is more than capable of catering for what this boat is rated to take, while offering galley facilities if you decide to overnight. Full walk-around decks are a feature of every Technohull, providing easy access to a large sun pad and bow seat. There is the optional forward bimini top, which like its aft counterpart is mounted on custom carbon poles. Behind the wet bar sits a giant sofa in hand-finished leather, in any colour of your choice, which quickly converts into a huge sun pad with a matching infill.
Below decks the design focuses on accommodating two very comfortably, without trying to squeeze in extra sleeping space. This works well as there is plenty of room for a full-height heads, complete with a separate shower, and the forward V-berth is more than generous. The cabin receives ample natural light via sleek windows in the deck head, but it also benefits from discreetly located LED lighting, which subtly emphasises the high standard of finish. High-quality leather and veneers, in conjunction with Corian, combine to create a sense of luxury. It is a practical area too, as there is plenty of storage for clothes and other items. Though this boat is obviously not built to provide accommodation for long cruises, what it does achieve is creating below-decks living space that you can realistically live in for short periods of time.
This is Technohull’s latest flagship, and without a shadow of doubt this boat is deserving of the title. It takes the luxury RIB to another level, without losing sight of what a RIB, albeit a very big one, is all about. With eleven of these beauties already sold, it would appear there’s a considerable appetite for this breed and model of super-RIB.
- LOA: 13.80m (45ft 6in)
- Beam: 3.60m (11ft 10in)
- Draught: 0.9m (3ft)
- Displacement: 6.5 tonnes (dry – triple 450R Mercury outboards)
- Fuel capacity: 1200L (265 gal)
- Water capacity: 180L (40 gal)
- Engines: Triple or quadruple 450R Mercury Racing outboards, twin 600hp V12 Mercury Verado outboards or inboard/surface drives – various options
- Performance: 60-80 knots, depending on engine options
- CE rating: B for 12
- From 500,000 euros