The successor of the legendary Clubman 22, the Joker Clubman 22 Plus condensates decades of expertise of Jober Boat in just 7 metres of length and is ready to win over a new generation of boaters.
The first Joker Clubman 22 dates back to over 30 years ago. In 1990, in fact, the shipyard launched a RIB which quickly became one of the company’s best-selling and most famous 6.5-metre boats. Today, the boat continues to be very popular, indeed the audience of inflatable boaters has expanded considerably in recent years, thanks also to the success of larger models.
What has changed, however, are the needs. So this year Joker Boat has decided to present the new Clubman 22 Plus, a model that was created with the clear intention of satisfying an increasingly demanding target group. The size is smalll, about 7 meters, but the most important thing is what the shipyard has included in this space.
The last Genoa Boat Show was the occasion for us to climb on board and test this new Joker in a 10-knot day and a quite rough sea. Standard equipment included a teak-finished table, full upholstery and stern pads. Options, on the other hand, include an electric hull winch, a refrigerator positioned next to the console and a large large awning on the rollbar or resting on the stern.
Looking at the boat from the dock, we are immediately impressed by the beam, which is significantly larger than the previous Joker. This has made it possible, first of all, to have two platforms on either side of the outboard, both of which are of considerable size, so as to accommodate a swimming ladder for easier access to the sea and a locker for storing ropes or whatever you want to have close at hand near the water. As we step aboard, we immediately notice that the cockpit maintains the family feeling with the larger models in the range (Clubman 28, Clubman 30, Clubman 35) with a large U-shaped modular dinette and a central teak table that converts into a full-beam sundeck.
What makes the difference here are two backrests: the first is the driver’s seat, which can be folded down to create extra space around the table. The other backrest is the one at the stern of the dinette, which in turn reclines, further expanding the sunbathing area. In short, two simple but effective solutions that considerably increase the liveability of this section of the boat. At the same time, when everything is “closed”, the cockpit is also a suitable place for small children, given the height of the sides. This also makes it suitable as an inflatable boat for families with children.
We move towards the bow and sit at the console waiting to leave the berth. The seat can accommodate up to two people. Everything is conveniently arranged on the dashboard and the windscreen immediately gives the idea, as we will later confirm at sea, of being enveloping and protecting those at the helm. Walking further towards the bow, we notice the walkways with space on both starboard and port sides, a feature not taken for granted on a dinghy of this size, which makes movements between the bow and stern simple and safe.
Next to the console there is a compartment where it is possible to place the refrigerator while in front there is a cushion that allows you to sit in front of the large sundeck forward in comfort, if you want even while underway, even if the best and safest area remains the stern. In general, the boat is well thought out in terms of layout, but also in terms of exploiting the available space, as demonstrated by the numerous lockers under the sunbathing areas and below the helm station seat.
Once we have seen all the external characteristics of this boat, we will move on to a more technical discussion, linked to the structure and performance. The restyling carried out by Joker on the Clubman 22 Plus has not only involved the deck. The beam has increased, as we said before, and the hull has been redesigned to guarantee comfort and smoothness when cruising.
Powered by a Yamaha V6 250hp outboard, it was agile and delicate right from the moment we left the mooring. As we leave the Genoa Sea Fair behind us, we notice that the conditions are far from optimal. The wave is long, but definitely high. There are three of us on board with 250 litres in the petrol tank. We start pushing on the throttle and before long the 250hp Yamaha is effortlessly revving up to 3500 rpm and gliding along at 25 knots between one wave line and another with an average consumption of around 30 litres per hour.
The boat proves to be dry and fun even in these slightly uncomfortable conditions. To test the softness of the hull on a more insidious sea, we take advantage of the short wave from another motorboat that has gone out to sea. The work done on the hull comes to fruition here, as we pass easily over it without jolting or making any suspicious noises. By common consent we decided not to touch the top speed to avoid taking unnecessary risks, but we decided to stop at “only” 38.5 knots, where the Joker Clubman 22 Plus sails in total safety. The engine was at 5,000 rpm with an hourly consumption of about 85 litres per hour.
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