Why a ZAR?
All boats sail, but very few are developed solely thinking about quality, innovative technical and cutting-edge solutions, and especially thinking about the navigator or owner.
ZAR was asked, How could a semi-rigid be provided with a spacious and comfortable interior space? How could a respectful navigation with the crew be achieved? These questions led to the idea that if the float was an indispensable element for the boat to be safe and its navigation impeccable, was it really necessary for it to reach the bow? Was it necessary for the prow of a semirigid to always have a triangular shape ?, caused by the union of the starboard and port float, and consequently that triangular area, which caused a lot of space and habitability to be lost, should it not have an alternative?
Obviously there is, the float acts on the blow of the wave, but that blow occurs almost half of the length of the hull, not in the bow. If the hull is prolonged and the bow is extended, we can stuff the float into the enlarged part of the fiber, in this way, the float is firmly fixed and continues to absorb all the impact of the wave. And if in addition, to that careen we endow it with a very deep “V”, the cut of the wave will be much more effective. Until then we had solved the issue of comfort in navigation. With a very deep “V” an interior space was created, until then unknown. But, we should avoid that the sprays or the splashes of the water when hitting with the helmet, wet the crew. The solution was to create a tunnel below the float, in the fiber part, which is called a gull-wing-shaped helmet, but brought to maximum expression. In the end that tunnel not only avoided the spray, but the pressure with which the water rises through the hull, was returned to the sea with similar pressure, and therefore that jet of water acted as a buffer. Two basic effects had been achieved in a ZAR.
But our intention was to get something really innovative and we kept thinking and analyzing, was it really necessary that the float protrude from the hull aft? Was not it more logical that whoever actually acted in the sea was the hull and not the float ?. And the light was made, after many tests in the sea contrasting the results, we saw that removing the piece of float protruding from the stern and lengthening the hull up there, got two very important things, we had more effective length and we moved the engine away from crew. But even more, by giving gas to the engine, the longer hull, prevented the boat from getting empowered and lifted the bow, so the acceleration of the engine was transmitted directly to the acceleration of the boat, we got less friction and therefore reaching cruise speed, was simpler and needed less power, therefore less consumption, therefore less motor and finally less Price.
With all this we had achieved a boat with a larger real length and consequently a larger interior space. The concept “ZAR useful square meter” was born, that is to say, at the same length as other semi-rigid ones, we had many more useful square meters, for the crew, the comfort and the stowage and storage capacity. If we add to that that the ZAR have a greater length than most of the semi-rigid ones, the result of multiplying the internal length by the internal sleeve, gave us results unattainable by the competition. In short, to get an interior space as in the ZAR in other semi-rigid, we must look at much larger lengths, just one example, to improve the space of a ZAR 61 (6 meters), we must look at lengths close to 8 meters .
Finally we had the interior, it should be comfortable, safe, versatile, and therefore needed a reflection and a design, adapted to each length and size. It had to have the capacity of storage superior to anybody, we had more sleeve and length, and it had to lodge all the necessary elements, like tanks of fuel, of water, batteries, fridges, equipment of security, etc. etc. That’s why all the internal solutions of a ZAR allow converting a seat into a solarium, a backrest in a chest, a deep “V” in an immense storage place, a console with seat in bow and therefore another chest, when extending the hull astern, we already had another interior space, and so on.
But whoever had to pilot the boat had to be totally comfortable, safe and in control, total navigation, from there it emerged that the rudder should be in the center, in the bay of the boat, to master absolutely the handling and maneuvering . Leaning on a seat that could have two positions, the one of sitting and the one of semi-seated, for a greater visibility, but protected by a console with windshield and handles in stainless steel, like the rest of the elements of subjection of a ZAR.
All this had a very important cost, no integrating element of a ZAR vessel, could be found in the market, there was nothing standard. We had to design each and every element for each model. Consoles, seats, radar arches, mats, chests, etc. Everything, absolutely everything is designed for each of the ZAR models, so each one of them meets and adapts in the best possible way to each model, and gives it the unique versatility, brand of the house.