Captain's ReportVoluptuous Cruiser with Amenities to Boast About By Capt. Robert SmithDoral yachts are making appearances in many local ports in the USA and around the world. We have tested Doral for several years now and the quality engineering and craftsmanship is superb. Attention to detail and design for comfort and entertainment are evident throughout every Doral as well. The Doral Mediterra has been designed with the specific plan to utilize the awesome value a Volvo IPS system provides. The combination of the executive elegance and the IPS drive deliver one sweet ride.Functional, Stylish and Extra Room AboardEssentially, if you enjoy the Alegria layout and looks yet want a smaller version, the Mediterra is just the ticket. Starting at the stern, the swim platform is large enough to hold a small dance, at least big enough to be activity central for the kids when moored or anchored out. For boarding, whether it’s a full regalia or simple Tiki bar attire, Doral installs stainless steel step pads for sure footing in each side of the swim platform. Stern lockers to either side of the center walkthrough offer storage and dedicated connections to water and power from dockside. Lockers in the platform floor can be removed for more access to the engine and drive system when needed. The concealed swim ladder has a huge cover in the center of the platform. I am not sure why it has to be so large other than the Alegria has one but has a rigid flip-over ladder instead of a telescoping swim ladder which is more compact. The center walkthrough to the aft cockpit has a large golf ball sized wooden ball to lift the catch and open the double doors. The doors are held open with a magnetic catch rather than the cumbersome loop and hook systems or slide systems. Once you step into the cockpit it is one-level all the way to the companionway door. No toe-stumpers that ruin a great party, not to mention the ladies pedicure. You can seat nearly the whole clan, office or dance party in the aft cockpit, which wraps from just behind the helm seating around to the wet bar. A dual level table can be used to serve drinks and snacks or dropped down, and with a filler cushion, become a sun worshipper’s alter. The cockpit wet bar on the test model was completed with an electric grill for kabobs or burgers, stainless steel sink, U-line cockpit icemaker and NorCold refrigerator/freezer.Party Central CockpitThe aft cockpit yawns open on nearly silent rams with the simple push of a switch. The value of IPS isn’t just in maneuverability; it is also in the space it opens up in what usually becomes a cramped engine room when you add the creature comforts of hot water, air conditioning and a generator large enough to make long distance cruising truly comfortable. There certainly are no excuses for not getting around the engine to do pre-launch checks and light maintenance. Even a big guy like me found it easy to get to everything.The navigator’s station has a large acrylic chart holder with a matching acrylic cover over the glove box just below. Seating for the navigator/companion and the helm is ultra comfortable for the long rides and roomy for adding to the conversation at anchor. Our test model had a triple-wide seat for the helm with driver’s bolster to add room when standing while driving. The wheel is a tilt hydraulic mahogany and stainless with leather accents. The Clarion stereo remote control is mounted between the drink holders to allow the driver to manage the tunes underway and a convenient MP3 jack is just above to add your favorite mix. Two E120 multi-display units fit in the instrument panel easily. Adding to the digital information on this model is the Volvo engine management display and separate analog gauges for each engine. The large panel layout keeps the information clearly in view without cluttering up the dash. For the ultimate in docking and maneuvering pleasure, you certainly want to add the Volvo IPS Joystick controller. It does make docking a joy! To increase comfort in the cockpit, you can have the full hardtop or if you are in an area with low overhead, the hinged arch with motor to drop it for going under and raising it on the other side. Even more comfort? Add the cockpit air conditioning and you have it all. The full view windshield has a large center walk-through and fully framed stainless steel frame. Easy to Access BowThe bow is huge and surrounded by sturdy oversized safety rails. If you want to please the sun worshipper’s onboard, opt for the teak loungers with multi-position backs and comfortable removable pads for the bow. Enjoy the best view on the boat (at anchor please) with the teak seat in the bow pulpit. Our test model had a highly polished custom Doral anchor, chain and windlass system in the bow. Under the gull-winged windlass cover was also two vertical storage lockers for fenders and a washdown to clean the anchor for storage.Meticulous Cabin with DetailsMoving to the inside, the companion door is the first great feature. It has a green acrylic sliding door with a sliding screen door behind it for those cool nights and fresh air without the mosquitoes. Wood steps lead into the cabin and have rubber grips to ensure good footing. The galley is mounted on the port side and features elegant wood cabinetry with anthracite granite aspect counters, stainless steel sink, coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave convection oven and two burner cooktop.Across from the galley is the semi-circular lounger with solid wood table and optional teak floor inserts. If you have several guests for overnight, you can drop the table down and use this as another berth. The Clarion DVD player and a handy 12 volt socket are in the aft wall for movie and portable entertainment. The matching wood cabinets house the Clarion stereo and six CD-player. For the real entertainment, this test model has a large wide-screen LCD/TV for enjoying movies with the family.The aft cabin head has a full fiberglass liner, shower with shower curtain, deluxe faucet and removable drain floor, vanity with sink and Vacuflush toilet.Luxury Accommodations BelowThe mid-cabin has three storage drawers for clothes and can have either a cedar lined closet or optional washer-dryer in the aft closet. This test boat also had the optional LCD/TV in the mid cabin for personal entertainment for overnight guests or the kids. Overhead clearance is enough that you will not feel claustrophobic if you decide to sleep back here instead of the kids.The master stateroom has a port side makeup station with cabinet and mirror. Additional matching compartments are above the comfortable island queen bed. A Sharp LCD/TV is mounted on the starboard aft wall for your personal movie entertainment. One outstanding option on this model is the power head lift on the mattress that is so comfortable and decadent when reading in bed! The forward cabin head has a fiberglass vanity with Karadon solid surface top, medicine cabinet, Vacu-flush toilet, deluxe faucet and separate shower with removable drain floor.SpecificationsThe Mediterra measures 40’0” length overall with a beam width of 13’3”. She weighs approximately 25,000 lbs with the IPS engines and drives. This model carries about 296 gallons of fuel for those long cruises without worries. Water capacity is 80 gallons and there is an eight gallon water heater. Cabin headroom is approximately 6’10” and she has a draft of about 3’8”.The Mediterra proved to be a smooth operator with the handling of a dancer using the IPS drives and joystick controls. She is slow to get up on plane, taking about 12.9 seconds but is passing the 30 mph mark in 21.2 seconds. The Mediterra’s best cruise was at 2750 rpm for 26.9 mph and her top speed was 38.2 mph.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Doral Mediterra (-2007) is 38.2 mph (61.5 kph), burning N/A gallons per hour (gph) or N/A liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Doral Mediterra (-2007) is 26.9 mph (43.3 kph), and the boat gets N/A miles per gallon (mpg) or N/A kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of N/A miles (N/A kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500 - Diesel.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
||10 years http://www.doralboat.com/warranty.aspx|
||5 years http://www.doralboat.com/warranty.aspx|
|NMMA Certification Other Certification||Yes USCG, CCG,|
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