Dominator Flying (10 m), the sporty 1970s weekender for small cruising – Classic Boat


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Sunbathing deckhouse, a large cockpit for fishing or dining with friends, comfortable interior and fly. A formula that, combined with a modern and dynamic design, proved to be an immediate success in the late 1970s. It was the Mochi Craft Dominator Flying, a 10-meter cabin cruiser and capable of anticipating the trends of the following decade, offering an Italian response to the dominance of the then-popular U.S. shipbuilding industry. Another
Classic Boat
significant to the history of Italian shipbuilding.

Mochi Craft Dominator Flying

With the Mochi Craft Dominator Flying we begin to have a solid example of Italian shipbuilding looking at innovation by going beyond just the construction material, fiberglass, engaging in even formal research of new designs and volumes. In fact, with the Dominator series we see the soft curves that have characterized wooden shipbuilding disappearing altogether, pushing toward sharper volumes and more angular shapes. Those same shapes that, precisely in the 1980s, will enjoy great success and that, in the Dominator we see beginning to grow, espousing a school that is indeed American, but headed toward a different interpretation of solutions.

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Mochi Craft Dominator Flying – Exterior

Starting from the stern, the Dominator Flying offers a large cockpit, unencumbered except for a sofa located at the far aft end, capable of accommodating 4 people. The spaces are designed to be spacious and facilitate movement, so as to accommodate fishing needs as well. A center table is also made available, however, so that the cockpit can be used as an outdoor convivial area, accommodating even more than 4 guests.

Instead, the bow, reached by narrow walkways, offers a small sundeck on the deckhouse, a hint of another evolution to come. Finally, on the fly, which begins to be wider and more comfortable than earlier solutions, there is room for the wheelhouse and a settee, accommodating at least 3 people.

Dominator Flying - Cockpit
Mochi Craft Dominator Flying – Cockpit

Mochi Craft Dominator Flying – Interior

In its time, having a Dominator Flying meant confronting logical and rational interiors. Free from previous standards, where certainly the wooden quality and elegance could have been greater, the solutions adopted by Mochi for this hull instead trace a new modernity, closer to our standard as well. The furnishings are designed to function at their best while also containing weight. The bulkheads are made of fiberglass covered with treated marine plywood, and everything points to comfort and functionality.

As soon as inside, one is greeted by a living room surrounded by large windows and furnished in light colors that allow light to invade the space. Here they find a place for the wheelhouse, to the left, just in front of the kitchen block and a sofa that can be converted into a berth. On the starboard side, however, are the toilet room and dinette, which can be converted into a double bed. Continuing toward the bow, however, is the master cabin, consisting of two V-beds, which can be converted, however, into a single large double.

Dominator Flying – Construction

In terms of construction, both the hull, superstructure and flybridge are made of fiberglass. For the hull specifically, the fiberglass is reinforced and layered in a single mold and has, along the entire deep-V hull with skids, a thickness of 25 millimeters, increased to 12 in still life. The interior bulkheads are made of fiberglass finished with marine plywood, while, the deck and deckhouse, are reinforced with balsa beak to provide greater structural rigidity and better thermal and acoustic insulation. The cockpit dunnage, on the other hand, is made of teak, while pulpits, windows and the like are all made of aluminum.


The Dominator Flying was offered a maximum motorization consisting of a pair of Renault RC 210D 210 horsepower, enough power to make it reach over 27 knots of top speed and a cruising speed of 22 knots at which it can cruise for as much as 6 hours. The original fuel tank, however, housed dino to 420 liters. Other engine options were given by a pair of 160-horsepower Perkins or Fiat Aifo, also 160 horsepower.

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Length Over All (LOA) 10.0 m
Baglio Massimo 3.15 m
Original Maximum Motorization 2x Renault RC 210D 210 hp
Maximum Speed 27 kn
Cruising Speed 22 kn
Cruising Autonomy (original) 6 hours
Fuel Tank 420 lt.
Fresh Water Tank 150 lt
Construction site Mochi Craft


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