The forecasts say that a storm is about to arrive on the Adriatic Sea and heavy clouds rapidly move forward from the West as we rush out the Marina Dorica harbour in Ancona, Italy, to test the newborn in the Wider family, the colourful Wider 32.
The boat speeds up quickly, at 20 knots it planes and in a few seconds largely exceeds the 37 knots indicated in the specs as the top speed. The power-to-weight ratio must be good, since the planing mode of operation is quite smooth and efficient and repeated zigzag manoeuvres with small rudder angle proves the boat's excellent seaworthiness. Powered by twin 260hp Mercruiser Turbo Diesel engines and Bravo 1 DTS stern drive, the boat performs well at all speeds and nimbly crosses the waves. The high bow perfectly accomplish its task granting us a dry and comfortable ride.
Wider introduced the new Wider 32 at the Miami International Boat Show this year, along with plans for its new Wider 165 flagship. The Wider 32 is a sturdy power boat designed to be tender to the larger Widers, the Wider 150 and the 165 currently under construction, but it is also a day-cruiser that will never go unnoticed. The boat displays a captivating look, enhanced by flawless design solutions such as the sinuous, drop-shaped side inserts in a contrasting colour.
The exterior styling, which is terrific, leaves you in no doubt that this design has been produced both to impress and to perform: aggressive, confident, and new. From the imposing axe bow the profile gently tapers towards the stern where two hinged appendages help giving sleekness to the exterior line. A cantilevered swim platform facilitates both boarding and disembarkation operations and a large cockpit hosts guests in an U-shaped settee that can transform into a sunpad.
The high bow section houses a roomy cabin with two facing sofas/beds and a fully equipped galley smartly concealed into the contemporary cabinetry, while a large and light bathroom occupies the bow. The yard developed a 'configurator,' which allows each owner to create his own made-to-measure Wider 32: from hull and deck colours, window glass and frames, seat/sunpads layout, fabrics and accessories, each unit can be fully personilized.
The hull and deck are built from a female mould with vacuum lamination by infusion system with bottom and top sides panels sandwich lamination with closed-cell PVC core, GRP skins and vinylester resin. To grant stiffness both longitudinal and transversal reinforcements are stratified with polyurethane/PVC core, GRP and vinylester resin.
“The name 'Wider' in this case doesn't imply that we offer a boat that is wider if compared to a same sized boat. Wider is our approach, our point of view which let us experiment new roads,' says Tilli Antonelli, Wider's visionary founder, who conceived this new product in conjunction with Fulvio De Simoni. 'We take nothing for granted and always try to offer the market something that doesn't exist yet.'