Mochi Craft Super 8 M, the Italian way to 1970s sport cruising (8.4 m) – Classic Boat


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Mochi Craft Super 8 M

It was 1972 when Mochi Craft introduced an 8.40-meter boat destined to become a classic, the Mochi Craft Super 8 M, a stunning twin-engine cruiser whose class and performance would make the Adriatic shipyard famous. Today’s Classic Boat undeniable, it was from the start a boat destined to become “big,” complicit with its style, on-board comfort, remarkable performance, and comfortable 4 berths below deck.

Mochi Craft Super 8 M

In keeping with the Adriatic tradition at the time, the
Mochi Craft Super 8 M
was a great interpreter of the shipbuilding of its time, capable of combining the introductions (stylistic and otherwise) arrived from overseas with the most classic Mediterranean elegance. The result is a balanced hull characterized by an elegant bow, aggressive lines, and a more-than-classic transom.

These are all qualities that, combined with the yard’s great focus-both on quality and on customer care-will make it an exceptionally popular boat. Not to be outdone, then, are its speed characteristics, so much so that a “Super Fisherman” version (identical in hull but different in superstructure) will be able to win the Offshore Roseto-Spalato-Makarska race in the “Series Boats” class.

Mochi Craft Super 8 M

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Spaces and Volumes

Looking at the volumes, and again contextualizing the decade of design and production, the Mochi Craft Super 8 M was undoubtedly an elegant hull, characterized by aggressive lines for the times, balanced by the elegance of the slender lines and, at the same time, emphasized by the design of the superstructures.

The design of the windshield, with its wooden frame, conferred a unique elegance relative to the time of conception, capable of making the boat still relevant several decades after its first exploits. The cockpit was large and comfortable, complete with a table capable of seating up to 6 people. Despite the length and superstructures, there was then also a sundeck, giving comfort to a boat that was more than complete for the time.

Coming to the interior, the layout is a classic one, with a forward master cabin with V-beds, isolated by a bulkhead door. In the dinette then, thanks to a specially designed sofa, two additional stacked beds could be made. Opposite this was then a kitchen cabinet with a large countertop and an inset refrigerator underneath. Peculiar was the stove, which could also be used outside, placed on a shelf in the cockpit, facing the interior and diametrically opposite the wheelhouse. Finally, the toilet room was classically located by the entrance hall.

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Mochi Craft Super 8 M – Construction Notes

The Super 8 M still belongs to a hybrid era, where construction materials still oscillated between fiberglass, still regarded as a novelty, and the more “traditional” marine plywood, the latter representing the case at hand. In fact, the hull was made precisely of plywood, of “Marine Plywood,” which was in vogue at the time because of its renowned quality. The deck, on the other hand, was made of teak plywood, while the stern, foredeck and beams were made of laminated wood.

The assembly system used both adhesives and screws and, the hull, was monohedral deep-V development. The transom then offered an inclination of about 20°, a solution adopted in order to better withstand the weight of the diesel engines (an innovative introduction brought forward, among the few, by the shipyard itself) and thus have excellent performance, so much so that it touched 32 knots without problems.

Technical Specs

Length Over All (LOA) 8.40 m
Baglio Massimo 2.98 m
Maximum Immersion 0.80 m
Original Engines 2x Perkins 90 hp / 2x Perkins 160 hp / 2x Aifo (Fiat OM) 135 hp
Maximum Speed Motorized Perkins 160 hp x2 32 kn
Cruising Speed 24 kn
Construction site Mochi Craft


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