January 28, 2023

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Splash Report: Lunatico

The unfinished hull of the Lunatico.

Titan Yachts’ latest endeavor, the 63-foot Lunatico, charged straight out of the marina like a blue marlin chasing a livey from the moment it touched the water. Jokingly referred to as the “Splash and Go,” the Lunatico set out for the Bahamas two days after it splashed. In a hurry to make it to Marsh Harbour to participate in Skip’s Tournaments, they had limited time for sea trials. “Attention to detail left little room for error. We had great confidence in our work, as did our customer and his captain,” said Russ Garufi, President of Titan Yachts.

Skip’s Tournaments and Beyond

The Lunatico arrived in time for the White Marlin Roundup, and so did the weather. Winds blowing at 25-30kts and the seas building to ten feet made for sporty conditions to say the least. The new boat managed the conditions with ease, and she took home a second-place finish. Captain Cory Gillespie stated to Russ after the tournament, “Thank God we were on a Titan.” The next tournament in the Skip’s series was the Custom vs. Production Shootout, where the weather made an appearance again. Cory received some phone calls before the last day of the tournament from other captains asking to follow him out to the edge to allow the Titan to knock down the seas for the run out. The Old No. 7, a 62-foot Titan, and the Lunatico finished 6th and 7th out of a fleet of forty-one boats.

After a week break, the Custom Shootout kicked off with a field of 51 of the best teams on the East Coast, and the weather finally started to cooperate. The Lunatico had a great day two, catching one blue, four whites and a sail, capturing a first place daily and moving into first place overall with one day to go. Fishing heated up and the lead went back and forth several times throughout the day. When the dust settled, the Lunatico finished in third overall. The Old No. 7 finished strong also with a second place daily on the last day and sixth overall.

Next, the Lunatico went on to Bermuda for The Triple Crown and the Blue Marlin World Cup. In September, it will head to the Scrub Island Invitational in St. Thomas.

The Lunatico resting at the dock on land.

A Victorious Design

Truly custom, even down to the hull color, Titan Gray, which is being added to the Awl Craft color chart, the Lunatico is a magnificent beauty. Redundant systems, including saltwater pumps, freshwater pumps, oil change pumps, fuel transfer pumps and two generators were added for back up due to their extensive travel plans.

Garufi says after putting her to the test in the tournaments, his customer stated, “When can we build a bigger one?” And with that, Roop Yacht Architecture and Design is about finished with plans for a 70’.

The Lunatico’s Specs

Length: 63’

Beam: 18’ 8”

Draft: 5’

Displacement: 87,000 lb.

Fuel Capacity: 2,150 gal.

Water Capacity: 285 gal.

Engines: (2) MAN V12 2,000 HP

Stabilizer:  Seakeeper 18 HD

Sonar: Furuno 360 Omni

Genset: (2) Onan 21kW

Steering System: Sea Star Solutions Optimus EPS 1500

Speeds: 37 kts. at 80% load/ Top End 43 kts.

The Lunatico at rest at the dock in the water.
The Lunatico being towed on the road at night.
The unfinished hull of the Lunatico viewed from the bow.

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