Dickey Semifly 45 review excerpts - Boating NZ Jan 2021
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Like most New Zealanders, Dickey Boats welcomed the new year of 2021 with a thankful embrace. And what better way to celebrate Summer than a well-crafted article from seasoned seafarer, Boating NZ's Matt Vance. Here's a few highlights from his January appraisal of the Semifly 45...
The Semifly 45 is the queen of the fleet and while all Dickey boats are large for their size the Semifly 45 takes the cake for space. Whether it is the catamaran-sized aft deck or the owner’s generous stateroom, there is plenty of room to move.
As with all these designs, owners have significant input into the set-up and thanks to alloy construction and lack of moulds this means an infinite variation on the preferred layout is possible.
These small refinements make this is a comfortable long-range cruiser/fisher for two couples – one that’s capable of cruising in comfort for weeks.
The result is a seriously strong structure, built to last and which won’t flex or twist in even the biggest seas, making this boat truly offshore capable.
Over 2,000 man-hours were racked up in the paint shop alone – this is one high-end finish that’s built to last.
As with all the Dickey boats I’ve reviewed, weight placement and hull design mean the power package can maintain a large cruising range due to a sizeable sweet spot in the cruising speed at a relatively constant fuel consumption.
Ahead of the engine bay is the pump room. It contains all the tankage, pumps, electrical brains, batteries and that Godsend of all cruising accessories, a washing machine.
The power plants are fed from a 2,300-litre diesel tank, and thanks to the economy of the design this gives the Dickey a 500nm cruising range at 28 knots.
A walk-through of this boat is a feast for the senses. Rather than cram too much accommodation into too small a space (as some designs are prone to do), the Semifly 45 has a sense of elegant restraint about her layout.
This power comes from the 1,200-amp lithium-ion batteries. With the electric outboard on the tender, this is a one-fuel boat – up there with sliced bread for convenience and safety.
With the accommodation and capacity, this is a three-week boat; that is a boat capable of staying out in comfort for three weeks without being beholden to fuel bowser, water taps, or bottle stores.
Seakeeping and cruise speed are top of the list for this boat reviewer and this Dickey excels at both.
Between 18 and 29 knots boat speed fuel consumption seems to remain constant around four litres a nautical mile. This is a large sweet-spot that allows for a considerable range of sea states
I felt like I had flogged Papa Bear’s Semifly 45 while he was sleeping.