degrees of deadrise amidships and 16.8 degrees at the transom, the 56 is
well suited for offshore service. She is responsive to the throttle,
accelerates evenly and is predictable in high-speed turns.
and interior design are not taken lightly in Italy, and if your taste
in yachts is not encumbered by tradition, you will find the 56 a
comfortable fit. Her exterior lines are a familiar refinement of what
American yachtsmen seem to favor in the breed. Her rakish superstructure
is accented with a low-slung arch. It is thoughtfully fitted with an
extension that positions the radar above the captain’s cap. Her slight
reverse sheer terminates in a reverse transom that borders an integral
Rail gates are fitted on the
side decks, and our test boat was equipped for boarding astern (European
style) with a hydraulic passerelle that can be retracted or deployed
from shore by remote control.
impressive, polished, stainless-steel framed sliding glass door on the
afterdeck leads to the main cabin. Almost all the stainless steel aboard
the 56 is fabricated at the yard. Aicon also crafts its own interiors,
and the 56’s high-gloss cherry joinery has the detail and luster Italian
yacht builders are famous for.
Interior decks and
bulkheads are made of foam-cored FRP panels bonded in place—there’s
virtually no plywood in the 56. Another element that promotes solidity
and strength: a hull-to-deck joint that’s secured with Sikaflex 292
polyurethane adhesive and stainless steel bolts on five-inch centers and
four thoroughly hull-bonded bulkheads, two of the watertight
collision-type, one fore, the other aft.
engineroom is accessible from the afterdeck and, unlike some enginerooms
on European designs, is quite spacious and thoughtfully laid out.
Machinery installations seem neat and tidy, and service points on the
main engines and auxiliary systems appear to be within easy reach. Fuel
is carried in two stainless-steel wing tanks that gravity feed a day
tank on centerline. An 11kW generator with a sound shield is abaft the
engines. It has a top speed of 27.6 knots (arround 33.5 mph) at 2200
A small compartment abaft the machinery space
is designated as crew’s quarters on the arrangement plan. The lazarette
is accessible from the swim platform and is segregated with a watertight