Pinta 52 KOA E KEA is a unique, luxurious and truly fast bluewater tri-maran. She was built in 1986 on a Philippe Briand design at the legendary Pinta yard in La Rochelle, France. Pinta is known for having built the most successful racing yachts of the 80s and 90s. Mono-hulls and multis that won all of the major ocean races: Ostar, Route du Rhum - single-handed and short handed races.
The current owners purchased the boat in 2012, gutted the interior, conserved the hull, rig, dagger-board and rebuilt her from the inside out. Every system, fitting, wire, hose, engine, generator, sail, halyard, electronic display is new 2013. Her new owners, a couple with rare, blue-water experience on an 80 foot maxi mono-hull (KIALOA III), spared no effort to enhance the performance potential of the yacht: a sail wardrobe that includes main, genaker, genoa, solent on three furlers, two spis, electric winches. They chose to recreate a luxurious interior using the noblest materials: teak and sycamore woods, natural stone, italian leather...
Drawing from their extensive cruising experience, they outfitted the boat with the best amenities: generator, air-conditioning, watermaker, washer, solar, windgen. The navigation, communication and entertainment electronics are state-of-the-art and include plotter, 27 inch iMac, radar, AIS, Iridium sat-phone. The boat was entirely rewired and re-plumbed of course. Mastervolt batteries, chargers, alternator.
This yacht is an elegant cross between a thoroughbred tri-maran and a luxuriously appointed Scandinavian yacht. This is not camping on a wet platform that careens along in the teens. Its refined, push-button sailing on a machine that sails to windward faster, flatter and dryer than a Swan. And when you head off the wind and crack the sheets, she delivers the exhilarating reward of fast, seakindly tri-maran sailing.
Currently in Greece and available for showings. Please read the extensive sailing history and refit brief below for more information on this exceptional yacht.
After sailing our previous yacht an 80 foot Sparkman and Stevens sloop, “KIALOA III” in California waters and into the Sea of Cortes and on down to Puerto Vallarta for several years we decided we wanted a new boat and one which my wife and I could handle easily alone. So, we sent her back to Los Angeles to be sold and started looking for a new boat. After much searching it became apparent we would not find a production boat that made us excited. We found this trimaran in Tunisia, she was an excellent design by the prominent French designer Philippe Briand and well built, seeing the potential to make her as we wanted we purchased her and sailed her to Malta where we immediately put her on the hard and began what turned out to be a two year refit. We gutted her completely, in the end saving only the hull, mast, boom and dagger board. After contracting with a Dutch company “EDM Vedder” to build her new interior we coordinated with the various electrical engineers and mechanical engineers to create what we have today. Everything we did was done with only quality in mind, a “no expense" spared” attitude prevailed throughout the build. In the end we had a very luxurious and comfortable yacht with enough space for my wife and I to live easily, and equally important...to sail easily.
We designed her to be handled one hundred percent from the cockpit, single line reefing in the main, all headsails on roller furlers, all but the jib furled with an electric winch. Since launching her in October of 2013 my wife and I have been sailing KOA ‘e KEA in the Mediterranean, from Malta to Sicily, on to Albania, and back to Sicily, this last summer we sailed through the Cyclades Islands in Greece and wintered her on the Island of Leros in the Dodecanese. She is a joy to sail, performs so well under a headsail that we often just roll out the genoa, it is not uncommon to be cruising at around 10-12 knots on a broad to beam reach with only the genoa set, sailing flat and relaxing in the cockpit! For real performance with the daggerboard down and main and genoa set she can point as high as 30 degrees and we have achieved speeds in the high teens.
With the board up she can sail through waters barely one meter deep. We included many creature comforts as she has been our home for 8-9 months out of the year, we have created a nice balance I believe, between performance and luxury.
Some unique features:
Because the saloon area is unusual with a couple of different levels of sole and the “horse shoe” shaped settee does not allow a lot of “floor space” we designed the table as a small oval cocktail type table which turns and splits to accept two leaves becoming a dining table for four. When more space is wanted a push of a button drops the table on its electrical pedestal to disappear under the sole, leaving open space. The entire interior space was designed to be “organic” ..no corners, all round shapes and curves.
Aside from the obvious advantage of no corners to bruise body parts, it creates a tranquil environment...a flow. Combined with all the natural materials, Teak and Sycamore woods, natural stone, soft Italian leather...the inside feels safe and comforting.
All of the interior structure was built using a lightweight cored panel material called “Artkonboard” and it is covered in either teak or sycamore veneer, the solid bits of teak for the trim and bits of furniture came from a Burmese teak log that I went to Holland and picked out myself at the wood merchant.
Comforts of “home” include central air conditioning and heating, a “Candy” clothes washing machine, a built in Siemens microwave oven, force 10 gas oven at chest level (no getting on your knees to see inside) three separate refrigerator drawers each with their own compressor and temperature controls.
A drop in style 35 liter deep freeze..and ice maker and liquor cabinet. Fusion Marine sound system with remote control at nav station and via ipod/iphone app...it plays through four “Orb” speakers in the saloon area with a subwoofer under the nav seat, two more “zones” in the cockpit with waterproof speakers (four) and another subwoofer under cockpit seating. The zones can be controlled from the ipod or nav desk, separate volume controls for each. The 27” Imac computer at the nav station was special ordered with the “chip” style hard drive so there are no moving parts, it has almost one terabyte of memory on it, also there are two 2 terabyte remote hard drives with over 1000 movies and television shows, it all plays through the Imac,the sound for this is routed to an external amp that drives five “exciters” built into the overhead ceiling panels in the saloon giving true surround sound when watching movies.
All the interior lighting is LED on dimmers, the saloon, galley and master cabin have flush mounted frosted glass Italian round lights, in the saloon there is micro strip lighting under sole overhangs and at steps, this creates a lovely indirect soft light on the sole. There is also micro strip lighting under the side windows, softly illuminating the sides of the cabin. Even in the cockpit, there are tiny LED lights sewn into the bimini that are on a dimmer.
The interior can be kept clean by use of the “Atomik” central vacuum system, there is a hose outlet central in the san and a “kick plate” under refrigerators in galley. Also we have one vacuum hose outlet inside the port side deck storage for use outdoors.
From the cockpit, there is a remote control (wireless) for the Raymarine autopilot as well as a wireless remote for the anchor windlass and the bow thruster, this is particularly nice as these can be used anywhere on board. The two cabin top mounted Harken winches are easily reached standing in the cockpit, the portside winch is a “Unipower’ electric winch. Each winch has a bank of five Spinlock clutches that control....on portside..
The mainsail hoist
Code zero furler
Dagger board up
Dagger board down
The starboard side is a manual 2 speed winch, it controls through its clutches..
Number one mainsail reef
Number two mainsail reef
Mainsail topping lift
This boat has running back stays; they are easily controlled from inside the cockpit, there are Lewmar winches for setting the RBS one to a side, there is a 10 mm line to haul the RBS out board on each side with a deck mounted line lock. All easily reached from the cockpit.
The mainsheet is controlled by a big Harken 70 three speed winch mounted in the cockpit on top of the aft cabin. We designed the new bimini so that the mainsheet clears it during its entire travel. This way she can be sailed with the full bimini in place for sun protection, there are isinglass viewing panels to see the set of mainsail through the bimini. The cockpit is completely covered by the bimini. The top is a round design with the two sides being articulated to flip up to make easy ingress and egress from the cockpit to the deck. For bad weather we have a complete set of canvas that attaches to the bimini to enclose the cockpit. Also, there is a four panel deck shade system so that in the summer heat the entire deck of the boat can be shaded.
My wife and I have been sailing full time on various yachts for almost ten years now, after completing this refit we have enjoyed almost three years of sailing aboard her and this is the last year we care to be in the Med. Our plan is to focus more time and energy on our new home we just purchased in the US and spend time closer to family...grand children etc...as well as work on some art projects and spend time with our horses...This, we decided, will take all of our time and attention and we are very comfortable with the idea of not sailing for the next several years. We are currently aboard in Greece and will sail this summer towards the Canary Islands, if we still have KOA ‘e KEA by January next year we will sail her across the Atlantic and bring her to Florida...we think.
As far as accidents and mishaps...our first season out (2014) we entered the harbor at Marzamemi, Sicily and turned the wrong direction, putting us into water that shoaled to two feet. The only part of the boat that was damaged was the rudder, it sustained a bit of a crunch on the bottom trailing edge (we had turned to face out and almost got off but for being blown backwards) we went from there directly to Porto Palo where we had her hauled and had a complete new rudder including a new machined aluminum post fabricated and installed.
She is as good as new now.