New Doral 40-Footer Has High Performance - 03/04/2009

Because the Doral 40’ Mediterra is so long on styling and luxury amenities and is one the most robust boats in her size-range, her outstanding performance is easy to overlook. Nevertheless, she is a winner here as well, and recorded the second highest speed at WOT and at best cruise – nosed out by only .5 mph in both cases -- that we have tested in her class. The boat we tested was powered by twin 370-hp IPS 500s (with a joystick) but she has many engine choices, gas or diesel, with both IPS and Zeus, Volvo or Mercury stern drives and Axius.

Doral Mediterra's cockpit
The Mediterra's cockpit is designed for entertaining and cruising.

Doral is not as well known as other brand names in the U.S., perhaps because it is a Canadian brand, but one that has been around a long time. In fact, the staff and workforce in the small Quebec town where the boats are built have an average tenure of about 20 years with the company, something that is unheard in most boat building operations. But craftsmanship and good fit-n-finish has been noted widely about Doral boats before; what hasn’t been talked about much is their performance.

Doral Mediterra
The 40’ Doral Mediterra has world-class performance.

Built for Cruising at Speed

The Mediterra is built for both entertaining and comfortable cruising. Her beam is 13’ which is typical for this size express cruiser. What isn’t so typical is her 25,000 lb. displacement wet. She is one of the heaviest boats in her class and is several thousand pounds heavier than most. She’s heavy because of her hull laminate schedule, all of the wood joiner work in her accommodations and the robust standard equipment list. All of this, plus her 19-degree deadrise (one of the deepest in her class) should make her slower than the others – but she isn’t!

The twin Volvo Penta 370-hp IPS 500 diesels seem to be a superb match for this boat. As we have noted, we clocked her at 40 mph WOT, burning 37.8 gph. That is outstanding performance and something that no other boat we have tested in her class has achieved. At best cruise she gets 1.25 mpg which is typical of many of the boats we have tested and she is at the high side with a speed of 30.3 mph at 3000 rpm.

All of this makes the Mediterra a stellar performer. For detailed information about the Mediterra, see Capt. Smith’s reports…

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