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The ACM line of luxury yachts may not be well known in the Northwest, but the French ACM-Dufour group lays claim to being the world’s leading private group in the luxury boating sector. With more than 40 years of experience, the group produces powerboats and sailing and has sales offices worldwide
The ACM line—known for its elegant design and extensive use of fine teak woodwork—was introduced in 2000.
The ACM Dynasty 43
here is the largest in the line and is beamy for most of its length, which allows for an impressive double stateroom, two heads and the same level of luxury as a 50 footer. Owners can cruise sedately for more than 500 miles at nine knots or cruise speed along at more than 22 knots. Design and Construction
The Dynastys are a distinct departure from their ACM siblings—high speed planing yachts. The impressive bow, high freeboard, ample beam and vertical topsides of the Dynasty gives it a more sedate trawler look, yet one that is both ultra-modern in its exterior concept and styling and innovative in its underwater profile.
The hull is described as a dual mode hull, which one might think is a fancy name for a semi-displacement hull, but there are distinct differences. Developed by the well-known yard, the deep forefoot and concave forward hull section is typical of a traditional full-displacement trawler and makes for a soft, comfortable ride at displacement speeds while the broad bow adds buoyancy forward, which helps reduce any pitching motion. The wide bow means a longer waterline length, which makes it more efficient in terms of its resistance and propulsion. Aft, the hull flattens out to a shallow planing hull. A relatively deep hull and full-length keel allows for good directional stability. Additionally, the 43 is relatively heavy for its size, intentionally, which means it has a more solid, stable ride than lightweight yachts. All this translates to a comfortable and sea-kindly ride at both displacement and planing speeds when compared to the compromises inherent in traditional semi-displacement hulls.
The hull is manufactured using vacuum/resin infusion in a closed mold process that maximizes resin saturation and therefore hull strength, among other advantages over standard hand layup. On Deck
Via the fixed swim platform and a solid single transom door as well as bulwark doors to port and starboard.
Three quarters of the length of the cockpit is covered by the overhead, good for sun protection, but the L-shaped settee along the aft end of the cockpit is exposed. The settee is fronted by a highly-varnished fixed table with a folding leaf. The aft corners feature sturdy stainless bollards and post-type fairleads.
To starboard is a molded staircase to the flybridge. A nicely styled pedestal-type antenna mast is the central feature. The flybridge is open to the elements, but a Bimini top could be fabricated for those who want extra protection from sun and rain. Forward to starboard is the upper helm station, with a pedestal seat and the basic duplicate controls and instruments plus a single, sliding helm seat. Adjacent to port is a U-shaped settee with a table that can be dropped down and cushions added to form a large sunpad. The settee is close enough to the helm that the driver doesn’t have to miss out on any of the socializing. Next to the antenna mast is a module for a fridge and optional grill. Aft of the mast is an open area that can be used for additional sun tanning or seating. It is large enough for dinghy storage.
Back down on deck, raised teak-capped bulwarks (about 35 cm) protect the wide side decks and extend to the bow. They are topped by beefy 30mm stainless handrails. The anchor is mounted on a short sprit, which should protect the almost vertical bow from damage. Interior
The interior designers at ACM have done an impressive job in keeping to ACM’s Italian heritage through high-quality furnishing, luxurious cabinetry and wall treatments and attention to detail. The wall treatments are a foam-backed cloth that do an excellent job of reducing engine and other ambient noise. There are thoughtfully-placed stainless handrails throughout.
The saloon’s primary socializing/dining area is a U-shaped settee and dining table forward and adjacent to the helm. This is a very comfy spot and a stool can be added for another place at the table. Low sills make for good visibility outside the smoked glass windows.
The helm station to starboard has a double helm seat and a clean instrument and switch layout. A sliding window at the helm provides ventilation and if necessary, enough room for the operator to stick his or her head outside to check the surroundings.
The L-shaped galley is well-placed mid-ships, so the cook is always close to the centre of gravity. The galley, which features a three-burner induction cooktop and convection microwave, is compact, but its limited counter space is offset by additional countertop space to starboard, forward of the super large upright fridge/freezer.
There are two cabins below and two heads with separate shower compartments. As in the saloon, the area is very tastefully decorated and inviting. The master is impressive in that, due to the beamy bow, it is much wider than a traditional bow stateroom. The ensuite is generous, with hull windows, a separate shower compartment and a raised vanity sink.
The guest stateroom has twin berths, a hull window and decent headroom. The second head is slightly smaller than the master ensuite, but certainly adequate. Below deck:
Just below of the massive teak deck you will find an enormous space that can alternately be used as additional storage and fitted with a washer/dryer. The silent Fischer-Panda generator is also placed here. Engine and Systems
Power is twin 300-horsepower Yanmar diesels that drive the twin shafts via shaft drives. This ACM is equipped with bow and stern thruster. The engine room is accessed via a hatch in the cockpit sole and the layout is clean and well executed. A Fisher Panda generator will provide plenty of electricity to run all systems. Shore power is via 230-volt connection.
The Dynasty, which integrates the twin props, rudders and bow/stern thruster, appeared to perform equally well, which was a nice surprise and a real bonus for a shaft-driven vessel.
The engines sound and performance is very well. Interior noise is very minimal: 62 dBL at idle and 74 dBL at top speed, thanks to excellent engine soundproofing and the sound-absorbing wall treatments.
The ACM Dynasty stayed upright in turns and the turning radius was good. It tracked well (thanks to the keel), with little need for adjusting the helm. The light chop and wakes we crossed made little impact because the 43 is heavier than most vessels of its size (where manufacturers have opted for lighter boats that require less horsepower). The yacht had a rock solid and steady feel with no slamming. Concluding Remarks
The things that impressed us most about the ACM Dynasty were: its striking and creative styling—a trawler that doesn’t look like the typical trawler; the impressive use of interior space, most notably the three cabin, two head layout; the contemporary Italian interior design and the high quality furnishings; and, finally, the solid performance, fuel efficiency and handling at displacement and planing speeds. The Dynasty would be a good choice for coastal cruising whether for short trips to the Gulf Islands or north to Alaska. Dimensions
Engines – Controls – Gearboxes – Genset:
- Length: 13.25m
- Beam: 4.04m
- Draft: 1.15m
- Weight: 12.5 tons
- Fuel: 1600 Lt
- Fresh water: 470 Lt plus 60 Lt boiler
- Waste: 106 Lt
Electronics & equipment:
- 2 x Yanmar 6LP STE 300hp
- ZF Microcommander controls
- 718 engine hours
- Bow Thruster
- Stern Thruster
- Fisher Panda diesel generator
- 2x Raymarine RL70 Pathfinder / Radar
- Raymarine L750 Fishfinder
- 2x Raymarine ST 7001 smart autopilot
- Navicom VHF
- Ritchie compass
- Kenwood sound system
- Plastimo clock
- Plastimo barometer
- Plastimo tide-meter
- Stainless steel anchor winch
- Anchor control on bow, fly and lower helm
List of items renewed in may 2019:
- Vacuum flush toilets
- 60 Lt boiler
- Isotherm American model fridge/freezer
- 2 zone ceramic HOB
- Extractor fan
- Engine service
- Generator service
- Heat-exchanger service
- Engine anodes
- Hull anodes
- Complete polish and wax.
ACM Dynasty 43 uit 2001 te koop op boten.nl.
ACM Dynasty 43