Rivolta Yachts of Sarasota has launched a new small crafts division with their line of Mojito Pangas—boats that are efficient to run and versatile on the water. Panga-style craft, known worldwide for their popularity and wide usage, are characterized by simplicity of design, including clean deck lines and ample deck space. A strong, swooping hull line, shaped like a machete’s blade, and a flattened running surface to the stern lets the panga run on the surface of waves and gives the craft its edge over many vessel designs of equivalent size in rougher waters and bigger seas. Their high bows keep the ride dry. The flat hull also drafts less than deep-V hulls, which gets them into shallow water as well.

Originally, pangas were designed by Yamaha engineers more than 50 years ago to provide a platform for anglers and fishers the world over to run versatile boats on small Yamaha outboards, and today, they are used around the world—especially in tropical climates where open boats make sense. They’re very popular vessels for charter captains to use in Mexico, Central America and South America, and elsewhere as well.

In Florida, Panga-style craft are made by only a few builders, and Rivolta enters the market with a range of boats: a 16, 18, 18c, 20 and 22 models. All the Mojito Pangas share these distinctive features:

• More beam for increased stability
• Higher gunnels for greater interior volume and security
• Built to CG/NMMA/ABYC specs
• Wood-free for durability
• Unsinkable construction/foam flotation
• HK gel coat
• Deck chemically bonded to hull

Mojito Small Craft Division of Rivolta Yachts
1765 Ringling Blvd. Suite 300
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Tel. (941) 345-6131
Sales: Mike @ (941) 345-6131

Rivolta also plans 24, 26 and 28 pangas, as well as jet versions.

The Mojito 22 Specifications:

Deck LOA: 22 feet, 7 inches
Overall LOA: 26 feet
BEAM: 7 feet, 8 inches
WEIGHT: 2,350 pounds
FUEL CAPACITY: 80 gallons
MAX HP: 300
DEADRISE: 12 degrees
DRAFT: 8 inches

The Mojito 22 standard package includes an aluminum EZ-Loader trailer and a 175 HP 4-stroke Suzuki engine, forward casting platform with storage, for $46,900. For complete standard and optional equipment and other information on the Mojito 22 and other Rivolta pangas, see their website at www.mojitoboats.com.

Engine mounted with jack plate for shallower running capability.

The wide flare of the bow and swooping hull allow for dry running even in choppy seas.

The Mojito 22 gets out of the hole off Sarasota.

Canvas T-top is optonal; custom towers are also available.

Standard equipment on the Mojito 22 includes leaning post, powder-coated, with 4 rod holders.

Not a deep V, with a deadrise of just 12 degrees, pangas handle differently than other center consoles, but perform well in rough conditions and a variety of scenarios, from offshore to the backcountry.

Canvas T-top, close up, with rod holders.

Access to wiring in center console.

Thirty-gallon bait well, standard. Also shown, bilge access.

Console with compass, hydraulic steering with stainless steel wheel, LED navigation lights, all standard equipment.

Helm station, with optional Garmin electronics.

Pangas are expressly built for fishing, with generous deck room for a craft of its size. Their decks are uncluttered and easy to clean, and for all purpose fishing and diving, optional additions include swim platform, dive ladder and poling platform, among others.

Drifting and fishing on the Mojito 22 with plenty of room even for 4 anglers at one side.

With its 12-inch draft, the Mojito can be your flats and backcountry boat, too.

The bow flare and machete-like hull shape designed to cut through the seas and remain stable, while also allowing shallow-water access with a hull flatter toward the stern.

The 22 and another new Mojito Panga, the Mojito 18, on the right.

The Mojito 22 heads offshore.

The emblem of Rivolta Yachts’ new Mojito division.

FS Classics, October 2010

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