The remarkable size of the Frauscher 1414 Demon makes her the flagship of the range currently offered by the Austrian shipyard. However, the dimensions of this boat don’t disturb passengers on board. You realize that this pure open motorboat, where conventional hard top, T-top and any sort of superstructure over the cockpit or the pilot station have finally disappeared, is really as large as its 14 meters suggest only when you escape from the pleasantness of its lines and the comfort of navigation. You can realize its imposing volumes only when you look the boat from outside with someone on board or when you realize the amount of space still available on the deck or in the cockpit despite the presence of 10 passengers on board, as it happened to us at Cannes Yachting Festival. In other words, you realize what you have under your feet only when you compare it with something else. A proof of how successful this project is, at least in aesthetic terms.
If we wanted to be more analytic, we could say that the work carried out by the shipyard founded in 1927 becomes clear in many elements that are not considered at first sight, which is another sign of success: if nothing interrupts the first visual exploration, this means that the boat is well-designed.
Pointy lines are combined with round elements: the hull is “puffed up” but air inlets in the stern, the spray-rail above the waterline, the rubbing strake, the negative sheer and the line joining the astern boarding platform with sides make the overall design very muscly. In the cockpit, too, round elements are combined with straight lines, from the forward sun pad to the three double seats surrounding the exterior table or the two pairs of three steps leading from the astern platform to the forward deck.
Despite the well-known care in the selection of suppliers ( all coming from northern Austria, as specified by the shipyard of Ohlsdorf), all accessories seem to disappear from the overall view. Not only the canvas spray hood ( that completely disappears at sea) but also cleats, handrails and hatches are invisible. Below deck, hull volumes show all their potential and this daycruiser/weekendwe offers more space than one could expect from a boat originally designed for a couple of sailors. We find an open space with V-shaped dinette and central table that can turn into an additional, large double berth. A real double cabin is positioned below the deck house. A bathroom and a galley complete the rich layout.
At sea, the Fraucher 1414 Demon is really great. Responsive and funny, she gives the same emotions than a sporty saloon. Far from being a go-kart, she is brilliant enough to satisfy the desire to steer a real motorboat. Waterlines, fitted with twin steps, further improve the performance of this boat, which is always stable on the water in any sea condition and soft even at 40 knots ( the top speed of the model we tested, fitted with twin Volvo Penta diesel 400hp engines). The bravest can opt for two duo-prop sterndrive engines, 520hp each. The price is consistent with the exclusivity and contents of the boat: from EUR 870,000, VAT included.