Storebro Royal Cruiser 380 Biscay/Sportfisherman
Storebro Royal Cruiser 380 Biscay
Storebro Royal Cruiser 380 Sportfisherman
|Year of production||1991-1999 - Biscay|
1991-1992 - Sportfisherman
|Height above waterline (m)||4.50|
|Freeboard front (m)||1.28|
|Freeboard aft (m)||1.08|
|Displacement (t)||7 - 9|
|Fuel (l)||2 x 500|
|Water (l)||2 x 200|
|Number of boats||74 - Biscay|
6 - Sportfisherman
The Storebro Royal Cruiser 380 was the successor of the SRC 340 Biscay. The project originally started under the name SRC 340+. While planning the project then grew to SRC 370 and finally to the SRC 380.
The exterior design was slightly enhanced and established a new logo with creation of the "Gullwing"-mast. The layout was nearly unchanged. Significant change was the installation of a separate shower on the port side of the owner's cabin.
However, completely new was the hull construction. After Volvo Penta informed their longtime major customer Storebro and announced the development of new, more powerful engines, Storebro decided to develop new hulls. The new engines would have been too strong for the recent hulls and their cruising characteristics. The newly developed hull differed at first glance by the modified stern with integrated bathing platform. Underwater, however, he offered a completely new design with V-hull and propeller tunnels instead of the previous round bilge construction. In the course of production, it was found that the hull with a full load of the aft stowage compartment did not offer enough upwelling. Storebro then developed an attachment which extended the hull below the waterline. This option was also retrofitted in older ships several times. Details under "development".
The new "380 Sportfisherman" was especially designed for the Asian and American market. It had a different flybridge-layout for a better surround-view which based on a shortened standard-flybridge. The cockpit was lowered about 15 cm because of the missing hand rails. Additionally the cockpit was equiped with an ice-box and a basin for live baits. It was a boat for the ambitious fisherman.
The last boats were delivered in 1998/1999 with an extended bathing platform named SRC 380+. Direct successor model was the SRC 395 Biscay.
The SRC 380 was offered with engines from 230 to 370 hp. But with the cheaper Volvo KAMD 42 the boat seemed slightly underpowered. The KAMD 42 were equiped with both a turbo-charger and a kompressor, which should provide a better acceleration. The kompressor should switch off at higher revs.
This engine better fitted the old round bilge hull-design. The new hull was designed for higher speed and needed a bit more power for a smooth running. The use of the trimtabs was essential with the smaller engines. In addition the sound of the KAMD 42 was quite unpleasant at certain revs when the kompressor switched on and off.
18 boats totally were equipped with KAMD42A or KAMD42P-A. The other boats were delivered with TAMD6x.
Totally different were the characteristics of the TAMD 6x which matched much better. The best option was the latest version, the TAMD 63P, which powered the often up 10t havy boat up to 30 knots. During manoevering simple throw in or out of the gear is most time enough. Additional use of the throttle is rarely necessary.
Only the last ship with the serial number 3761 was delivered with Yanmar 6LYA-STE and 350 hp.
During the first two years of production of the SRC 380 the KAMD 42 were deliverd with mechanical MS5B-gearboxes. These gearboxes were switching fast but also broke down quite fast. The power of the KAMD 42 with MS5B transmission was stated at 225 hp on the shaft. Later from S/N 3583 the yard delivered the KAMD 42 with the hydraulic HS1A-gearboxes, which had the handicap to have a second's silence after switching. Not every skipper liked that in every situation. The power at the shaft was reduced to 216 hp.
The TAMD 6x were always delivered with hydraulic gearboxes. The TAMD 6x were equipped with the ZF MPM 220A-gearbox.
The first boats with KAMD 42 were built with 2-lever-swithing. Later the yard changed to 4-lever-switching which was already used on earlier boats. In 1996, a series of about 4 ships was equipped with the Morse two-lever switches.
In the course of production, it was found that the hull with a full load of the aft stowage compartment did not offer enough upwelling. In the spring of 1993, Storebro tested a boat with a modified hull. The existing hull at the stern underwater was enlarged. Various tests were also performed with changed shaftlengths. Finally, Storebro developed an attachment that extended the hull in the underwater area. This option was also retrofitted to older boats. Details under "development".
The boats with the first hull-version were equiped with the ELTRIM-System. This system showed to be quite error-prone. Either the Cylinders were leaky or the controlpanel was broken when using the automatic-trim-system. Both could have the effect of driving tilted to port or starboard side.
The 96-model then got the hydraulic system of QL (Volvo Penta). The automatic-trim-system was dropped.
Storebro offered their ships in the classic satin varnished mahogany wood. As an option, some ships were built with a bright ash- or darker walnut-interior in 1991/1992. These options were, however, not very popular. The light wooden interior has been taken up again only with the J32/S32, this time in birch wood.
Neither is correct: Again and again, small errors appear in the brochures. In some brochures the graphic had filed the original layout of the toilet compartment on the owners bed and then draw the new reduced layout. This has been corrected later.
|No. of cylinders||6||6||6||6||6||6||6|
|Engine output (kw/(HP))||225/(306)||169/(230)||243/(330)||169/(230)||265 - 272/|
(360 - 370)
Volvo-data was taken from the Volvo Penta engine-database
* All variants of this engine
The values given in the motor diagrams below are measured values of individually equipped ships. The measured values can vary depending on the equipment as well as the wind and temperature conditions. These values do not indicate a binding property, but can only serve as indications.