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)||7.00 - 9.00|
|Fuel (l)||2 x 500|
|Water (l)||2 x 200|
|Number of boats||74 - Biscay|
6 - Sportfisherman
|Designer||J. Björklund (Hull)|
Winfried H. Wilke (Design)
|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 long-time 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.
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 equipped with an ice-box and a basin for live baits. It was a boat for the ambitious fisherman.
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 equipped with both a turbo-charger and a compressor, which should provide a better acceleration. The compressor 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 compressor 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 heavy boat up to 30 knots. During manoeuvring 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 delivered 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.
The last four ships (>S/N 3757) were delivered in 1998/1999 with the extended bathing platform of the SRC 395 Biscay.
The boats with the first hull-version were equipped with the ELTRIM-System. This system showed to be quite error-prone. Either the Cylinders were leaky or the control panel 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.
Nobody is perfect: 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 owner's 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.