VESSEL REVIEW | Delfino Verde Deluxe – Sleek wooden tourist cruiser from Italy

Delfino Verde Deluxe is the latest passenger vessel built by Cantiere Navale Foschi, an Italian shipyard based in Cesenatico in the north of the Adriatic Sea.

The boat, built in 20 months, is the 86th delivery from the shipyard and was delivered to its owner in Trieste, Delfino Verde Navigazione of Silvano Peric, following successful sea trials.

The Deluxe is now the flagship of the Delfino Verde Navigazione fleet, which includes three other passenger vessels, of which two are made of wood and one of fibreglass. It will sail on routes connecting Barcola, Grignano, Sistiana, Muggia, Grado and Trieste.

At 32 metres long and seven metres in beam, the vessel can comfortably accommodate up to 350 passengers at a cruising speed of 20 knots.

The ferry is completely built of marine-grade wood, called “superlamellare” with a superstructure over two decks. Foschi specialises in this material and was one of the first yards in Italy to build tourist and sightseeing vessels, starting in the late 1950s.

The two embarkation areas are at the stern, from where it’s possible to enter directly into the main lounge, or reach the sundeck by a large staircase.

The main lounge has been designed to be able to host all kinds of events such as ceremonies, dinners, and business meeting. Furnished with wooden tables and large sofas, it can accommodate a total of 140 people.

On the top, the sun deck, we find 120 monocoque seats and, on the bow side, the wheelhouse control cabin. In case of necessity, depending on the type of event on board, the monocoque seats can be removed, to have the bridge completely free.

The bar and the toilets are back on the stern, close to the embarkation areas.

The propulsion system installed on the Delfino Verde Deluxe, specifically requested by the shipowner, consists of three Volvo IPS900 propulsion units with counter-rotating propellers, based on diesel engines of 520kW each.

Delfino Verde Deluxe
Type of vessel:Ferry/tourist boat
Port of registry:Trieste, Italy
Owner:Delfino Verde Navigazione, Italy
Designer:Valeria Vottero Vintrella, Italy
CAD software:Microstation Bentley Systems
Builder:Cantiere Navale Foschi, Italy
Construction material:Wood
Length overall:32.35 metres
Length waterline:28.10 metres
Length bp:28.10 metres
Beam:6.91 metres
Draught: 1.03 metres
Depth:1.78 metres
Displacement:95.2 tonnes (full load)
Deadweight:32.2 tonnes
Main engines:3 x Volvo Penta D13-IPS 900, each 516 kW @ 2,250 rpm
Gearboxes:3 x 1.99:1

Kohler, 11kW;

Paguro, 8kW

Electronics supplied by:Calligaris Elettronica Navale
Radar:Garmin xHD2
Depth sounder:Garmin BB unit w/transducer 50/200KHz

Furuno FM-8900S;

Icom IC-M400BB

AIS:Sailor TT-6004A
Other electronics:Furuno LH3000 loud hailer

128 (main deck);

110 (flying bridge)

Rescue boat:1
Type of fuel:Diesel
Fuel capacity:8,300 litres
Freshwater capacity:2,000 litres

Gabriele Zambianchi

Gabriele Zambianchi was born in 1986 in Lecco, a beautiful town located on the east branch of the Como Lake. As a child, spending his holidays in Rimini, a tourist vocation city on the Adriatic Sea, he discovered his passion for passenger vessels. He has written for Baird Maritime and Italian magazine Il Battelliere - Nautica Professionale since 2013.