We have tested just about every boat in the Doral line and the quality engineering and craftsmanship is superb. Attention to detail, and exciting European-like design elements are evident all over the boat. In fact, many of the stylish flares incorporated by Doral are – we think – far more sophisticated than what the best European yards are doing in this class. The 40’ Doral Mediterra has been designed with the specific plan to utilize the performance potential a Volvo IPS system.
Functional, Stylish and Extra Room Aboard
Essentially, if you enjoy the 45’ 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. 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 deck 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.
Moving up to the aft cockpit you pass through double opening doors unlike anything we have ever seen on this size and type of boat. The doors are held open with a magnetic catch rather than the cumbersome loop and hook systems or slide latches. Once you step into the cockpit, the sole is one-level all the way to the companionway. No toe-stubs 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.
On the Bridge Deck
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 Penta 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.
We Like the Hardtop
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 reverse cycle heat and you have it all. The full view windshield has a large center walk-through and fully framed stainless steel frame.
For the ultimate in docking and maneuvering pleasure, you certainly want to add the Volvo IPS Joystick controller. It does make docking a joy! It’s an option worth the money in added fun for everyone on the boat – including Mom and the kids. What better way to get them excited about your favorite sport?
Easy to Access Bow
The 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 SS Doral anchor (optional), chain and windlass system in the bow. Under the gull-winged windlass cover were two vertical storage lockers for fenders and a washdown to clean the anchor for storage.
Meticulous Cabin with Details
Moving below, the companionway 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.If you are tall you will appreciate the 6’10” headroom – one of the highest in class.
The 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.You have standing room on the starboard side. The ensuite head has a full fiberglass liner, shower with shower curtain, deluxe faucet and removable drain floor, vanity with sink and Vacu-flush toilet.
The Master Stateroom
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 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.
The value of IPS isn’t just in maneuverability and enhanced performance; 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 Mediterra measures 40’0” length overall with a beam width of 13’3”. She weighs approximately 25,000 lbs. (11,363 kgs.) with the IPS engines and drives. This model carries about 294 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” (2.10 m) and she has a draft of about 3’ 8” (1.13 m).The Mediterra proved to be a smooth operator with the twin IPS500 370-hp engines, pod drives and joystick controls. She got up on plane in about 7 seconds and was passing the 30 mph mark in 9.9 seconds. The Mediterra’s best cruise was at 3000 rpm for 30.3 mph and her top speed was 40.0 mph.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Doral Mediterra (2009-) is 40.0 mph (64.4 kph), burning 37.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 143.07 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Doral Mediterra (2009-) is 30.3 mph (48.8 kph), and the boat gets 1.25 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.53 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 331 miles (532.69 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500 - Diesel.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
||10 year http://www.doralboat.com/warranty.aspx|
||5 year http://www.doralboat.com/warranty.aspx|
|NMMA Certification Other Certification||Yes CE|