Storebro Royal Cruiser 420 Baltic/Biscay
Storebro 420 Baltic
Storebro 420 Biscay
|Year of production||1991-1998 - Baltic|
1993-1996 - Biscay
|Height above waterline (m)||4.50|
|Freeboard front (m)||1.48|
|Freeboard aft (m)||1.13|
|Fuel (l)||2 x 750|
|Water (l)||2 x 300|
|Number of boats||50 - Baltic|
17 - Biscay
|Designer||J. Björklund (Hull)|
Winfried H. Wilke (Design)
|The Storebro Royal Cruiser 420 Baltic was developed in parallel with the SRC 380 Biscay. She represented the successor to the SRC 400 Baltic, but had a more modern hull construction for higher speeds. Compared with the previous models, the seakeeping was again significantly improved and because of the greater length and the weight she drove more comfortable than the smaller 380 Biscay.
In 1993 the Biscay variant was introduced. It was based on the layout of the Baltic, but had no aft cabin. She was in fact the successor of the SRC 40 Biscay. In 1997 she was replaced by the SRC 430 Biscay.
In 1998, three more ships were produced with the designation "SRC 420 Baltic Mk II". These ships represent the production transition to the successor SRC 430 Baltic. Externally, these ships were recognisable by the extended bathing platform, the staircase and the modified covering of the aft railing. Other features such as the air inlet to the engine room remained unchanged.
The layout of the SRC 420 Baltic corresponded to the SRC 400 Baltic. The interior layout was identical and the structure resembles that of the SRC 400 astounding. Only the flying bridge has been completely redesigned. Side panels on the height of the deck covered the still clearly visible step to aft deck on the SRC 400 (Although these panels were already part of the first drafts of the SRC 400). Also, the air intake for the engine compartment on the first drawings corresponded to the SRC 400.
The SRC 420 Biscay was a relatively inexpensive development that was introduced in 1993. With new construction but largely the same layout large areas could be transferred. The modified pantry became standard for Baltic and Biscay series. However, the front cabin (originally intended as a guest cabin) had to be sold as owner's cabin. The bed of the owner's cabin was narrower than that of the SRC 380 Biscay. The hull of the SRC 380 was drawn in fact a bit more voluminous in the bow area.
The 420 Biscay's deck saloon is very spacious and elegant, separated from the cockpit by an all-glass stainless steel sliding door not previously used by Storebro. Unlike her predecessor, the SRC 40 Biscay, the available space was used for a larger deck saloon.
An original layout design from 1992 envisaged an optional fixed navigator's bench seat as in the SRC 470/SRC 500. However, to my knowledge, this option was never realised.
With the SRC 420 Biscay several compromises were made, which were then partially removed with the SRC 430 Biscay.
|The change history corresponds in many details with the 380 Biscay. Some details (as far as known) can be found under "Development".
For the SRC 420, there were at the start of production the brand-new Volvo Penta TAMD 72 with 430 hp (flywheel power) available. This engine harmonized perfectly with this ship, allowing speeds up to 30 knots. In the German price list of 1997, Caterpillar 3126 diesel are listed with identical performance. But the SRC 420 was never equipped with these engines. Only in 1997 two SRC 430 Biscay were equipped with Caterpillar engines. Volvo supplied the TAMD 72P EDC with electronic control at this time.
The SRC 420 was equipped with the electric trim tabs of eltrim from the beginning of production (at least until 1994). However, the system was quite error-prone. Either the cylinders were leaking, or the control unit was broken when using the automatic trim. As a result, a permanently to Port or Starboard inclined drive was necessary.
Nobody is perfect: sometimes small errors appear in the brochures. An error that runs through almost all of the brochures is included in the picture of the sun-bathing lady on the aft deck of the SRC 420 Baltic. Unfortunately, the graphic designer had overlooked the fact that at the aft starboard cleat instead of the black background is missing some water. The lady obviously basks in the well-lit hangar. This represents a nice parallel to the pictures of the sailboat "Örnen" from 1964.
|No. of cylinders||6||6|
|Engine output (kw/(HP))||316/(430)||316/(430)|
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.