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Couach Yachts 5000 Fly: Ultimate Asset

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
At just under 50 metres, the Couach Yachts 5000 Fly trideck megayacht is the first of its kind to come from this venerable French yard. The first model in the 5000 series is called La Pellegrina, after a rare and magnificent pearl that’s said to be perfectly spherical and of surpassing luster. The builder calls the pearl a “covetous” object, and designed this super-yacht with transatlantic potential and sensational accommodation around that adjective. La Pellegrina is constructed of glass, Kevlar, and carbon fibre, to save weight and maximise durability, speed, and handling. Couach says this vessel, with its 9.3 metre beam, is distinctive because it combines the advantages of composite construction with the benefits of an aluminium build, which include space, stability, and comfort.

POWER UP: Twin MTU diesels produce a 25-knot cruise and a top speed close to 30 knots, according to the builder. For ocean crossings, the 5000 Fly runs most economically at a leisurely 12 to 14 knots for a range of about 2,400 miles. Couach reports La Pellegrina can cross the Atlantic in 10 days and reach speeds unequalled by any other yacht in its size range. Four gyroscopic Seakeeper stablisers will make for a more comfortable ride.

Big megayacht built by couach

LIGHT AND FAST: La Pellegrina’s V-hull is the largest the shipyard (in operation since 1897) has built with its one-piece infusion process, a technology the builder has employed for more than 30 years in both its pleasure boats and its military line of patrol and surveillance vessels.

La pellegrina motor yacht

FULL DECKS: La Pellegrina is 12 metres high (39 feet), with multiple decks for entertaining. The 5000 Fly can also be configured with a helipad on the second deck, which accommodates a wide-body helicopter. Aft at the stern is a sizable garage for a 5-6 metre tender and two PWCs.


C5000 interior

FINE DESIGN: The saloon is the heart of a contemporary interior designed by Jean-Pierre Fantini (jp-fantini.fr), the Cannes-based designer noted for his work on yachts, private jets and residential projects. Interiors were styled by Danièle Chopard.


interior of 5000 Fly

FINE DINING: Adjacent to the salon is a contemporary dining room surrounded by full-height glazing for exceptional views. Here, and throughout the boat, top-grade materials are used, including sycamore woods, white lacquers, leather, chrome and polished stainless steel.


owner master stateroom

OWNER’S SUITE: There are a total of six staterooms onboard, including the master suite on the top deck featuring panoramic views and access to a private terrace deck aft. There’s also an en suite bathroom with glossy slabs white Italian marble and an oversized dressing room.


guest stateroom la pellegrinia

GUEST ROOMS: The 5000 Fly can accommodate 12 guests in the six cabins, and each one—including the VIP stateroom forward shown here—is equipped with a high fog fire fighting system for added safety. Each cabin also features entertainment, lighting, and temperature control systems operated by iPad. In addition to guest cabins, there is room onboard for 10 crewmembers.

mtu diesel inboards

IRON SIDES: The view into the engine room, where there’s a pair of 5,300-hp MTU 20V 4000 M93s. Twin 5,800-hp MTUs are optinal, and will bring the expected top end up to 32-knots.

running shot of la pellegrinia

FORWARD THINKING: The 5000 Fly is designed to be easy to handle and to pilot. From the wheelhouse - where the elevated view atop two other decks obviously provides amazing visibility - there’s access to two Portuguese bridges to make for easier maneuvering.

In addition to impressive performance and incredible looking interiors, the 5000 Fly has a number of other noteworthy features, including a movie theater and a six-person Jacuzzi on deck. This megayacht only enhances Couach’s global reputation as a builder of some of the most luxurious yachts on the water. At this time, the yard is working on the completion of two more of these models—one slated for delivery in 2013, the other in 2014.

For more information, visit Couach Yachts.

-Jeanne Craig

SPECS: LOA: 162’ Beam: 30’5” Draft: 7’8” Displacement: 495 gross tons Fuel Capacity: 14,298 gal.

Vicem Vulcan: A New Line of Mega-Yachts

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Vicem Yachts has been developing the Vulcan line for over two years, with an eye towards creating fast yachts built with cutting-edge composites for both charter and recreational use. Built in Antalya, Turkey, this series is intended to have both high speed and long-distance oceanic capabilities—two traits which are often mutually exclusive in a mega yacht. The latest in design and construction, however, make it a reality in the Vulcan.

MEGAYACHT IN MOTION A Vicem team of over 400 craftsmen worked to get the first Vulcan 46 M prepared for launch. Though this is the first Vulcan to hit the water, its two smaller siblings are expected to be launched within a year.


mega yacht vicem 150

VERSATILE CRUISING The Vulcan’s hard-chine semi-displacement hull is designed to run at up to 25 knots. Just as importantly, at a displacement speed of 12 knots, expected range is 4,000 nautical miles. Low draft was also considered an imperative for cruising, and was kept to just over 2 metres.


vulcan 46m running

SPARE NO EFFORT The 46 M is built entirely of Core-Cell and epoxy resin, to ensure the best strength-to-weight ratio; it weighs in at 417 tonnes. The hull and superstructure were also post-cured with heat blankets, to ensure a fair, smooth appearance.


vulcan accomodation plans

MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES The tri-deck layout includes six guest’s cabins with accommodation for a dozen people, plus crew’s quarters. The Aft deck houses a tender garage. The engineroom houses a pair of 3,650 horsepower MTU diesel engines for propulsion, as well as a pair of generators.


sundeck third deck

VIEW FROM THE SKY The yacht is designed for entertaining large groups, with multiple indoor and outdoor lounges, a gourmet-worthy galley, and a dining area that seats 10. A sun deck sits atop the upper deck, providing unmatched views.


designer frank mulder

SLEIGHT OF HAND To bring together the best of modern technology and creative design Vicem brought in naval architect Frank Mulder, who has designed such iconic high-speed mega yachts as Octopussy, Moonraker, and The World is Not Enough. Additional collaborators include Wetzels Brown Partners and Ken Freivokh.


interior of the vicem vulcan 46m

EYE CANDY The interior décor is designed by Art-Line Interiors, and of course, is completely customisable. Vicem notes that interior and exterior colors can be fully integrated, since their construction techniques allow for the use of dark and/or metallic colors.


vicem cabin interior

YACHTOMINIUM The master is not a stateroom, but a suite, which runs the yacht’s entire 9m beam. Highlights include a Jacuzzi, a private gym, and a CEO’s office. Natural lighting is ample, as it is in the rest of the yacht, thanks to the open atrium design with 16.5m of unbroken natural lighting.


vulcan 46 m by vicem under way

LAUNCHED AND LOADED After launching, the first 46 M remained in Antalya for final fitting-out, until its world premier at the Monaco Yacht Show. It, as well as the soon-to-come 35 M and 32 M, are RINA classed and MCA compliant.

Vicem takes an important step with the 46 M, its largest composite mega-yacht to date. Though built on spec, it was sold before completion. And if the 46 M’s reception in the marketplace is any indication, it’s a fair bet the 35 M and 32 M will find homes just as quickly.

Maritimo M73 Cruising Motor Yacht: Passionate Relationship

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Why is it that two of Australia’s best-known yacht brands, Maritimo and Riviera, were both founded by the same man? It could be that Bill Barry-Cotter has more business smarts than other boatbuilders. It could be that he’s been just plain lucky. Or it could be that he has an understanding of what mariners want. And if what you want is the ideal mix of exterior entertaining space, interior luxury, and accommodation in a motor yacht that’s fit to be called a cruiser, the chances are you and Bill want the same things out of a yacht like Maritimo’s flagship, the M73.


Maritimo M73 at sunset

Don't let the M73 model designation fool you; this yacht is over 24 metres long, has a beam of over 6.5 metres, and displaces over 50,000kg. It also has a fuel capacity topping 9,500 litres, so you don't have to make the big range-for-speed sacrifice that many relatively fast motor yachts in this class require.


cruising motoryacht caterpillar C32

The M73 is powered by a pair of twin 1,527-HP Caterpillar C32 diesels. With a nine-degree shaft angle and a variable-degree deadrise hullform, they provide a cruise of 30 knots.


galley maritimo yachts

Like others in the Maritimo line, the M73 has a galley aft in the salon, on the starboard side. Though unusual on boats of this nature, this layout allows everyone to participate in conversation during meal preps and places the galley in one of the most stable areas of the boat, reducing spills and messes. The entire port side of the salon is dedicated to seating and dining areas.


state room

The four stateroom/four head layout includes a full-beam master. Two of the other three staterooms feature queen berths, and all have unusually large hanging lockers. Thanks to a combination of large hullside ports and overhead hatches, they also enjoy plenty of natural lighting.


running shot of maritimo m73

Thanks to a deep recessed walkaround, the bowdeck is a useable area and transitioning from bow to stern is safe and comfortable. Once you get where you're going, transitioning from yacht to land is also easy - a tender stows in a garage, under the cockpit.


flying bridge flybridge

On the M73 the enclosed flybridge is more than a place to run the boat, it's also an entertaining area. In fact, there's even a day-head on the bridge - a rarity on any cruiser in this class.


helm station electronics

The helm has plenty of room for a multi-screen electronics suite, and is finished in a glare-reducing black matte. When equipped with Twin Disk Quickshift transmissions, the bow thruster can be integrated with the engines for complete joystick control. Dockside manoeuvring with this system is as easy and intuitive as it gets.


cockpit exterior

Cockpit space, often sorely lacking on motor yachts, is plentiful on the M73. Note the extensive LED lighting, over-sized stainless-steel rails, cleats, and table supports, and the beefy sliding doors.


M73 motoryachts

Engine and fuel tank placement is designed to locate as much weight as possible over the boat's centre of buoyancy. This maximises stability while reducing bowrise and trim variations due to changing loads. The M73 also meets ISO 9001 standards - Maritimo is the only production builder in Australia with this accreditation.

Some will want less space dedicated to the cockpit and walkaround, and more cabin for the LOA. Others will care less for speed, and more for efficiency. But those in search of a cruising motor yacht which finds a way to mix all of these characteristics together without sacrificing one iota of luxury may well end their search with the M73 – and that’s probably just what Bill has in mind.

Sunreef 82 Double Deck: Twice as Nice

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Sunreef Yachts of Gdansk, Poland, has just launched its first 82 Double Deck, Houbara, and the colossal sailing catamaran is making a sensational splash as the first model in the series to be manufactured in fibreglass—light, high-tech composites, to be exact. The company has other Double Deck designs, including the 102-foot Ipharra, which inspired the European owner of this 82 to build a Sunreef of his own. But up until now, these luxury yachts have been constructed of aluminium. Like other Double Decks the 82 has a huge flybridge (35 metres) to rival that of any superyacht, and on this build with a beam of 11.25m, integrated stepped hull chines are designed to maximise both interior space and performance.

Sunreef 82 at sunset

SLOW BURN: With a draft of just under two metres, the Sunreef is engineered for low fuel consumption from the twin 355-hp Cummins main engines and twin fuel tanks (4,000 litres each). The green footprint is further enhanced by the fact that you can sail this baby: the 82 features the canoe-type boom and carbon mast that are trademarks of the Sunreef brand.


launching sunreef 82

SPLASH-DOWN: Upon its launch, the 82 Double Deck became the first of its kind to be built with advanced composites. Just 10 days later it was sea trialed on the Baltic Sea, and prepared for the voyage to Cannes.


Sunreef 82 cabin

HOT SPOT: The mezzanine floor is one trademark feature of the Double Deck design. It consists of a secondary lounge area that’s set up above the main saloon. This lounge is opposite the helm, and passengers here share the same excellent views as the captain. This raised area also provides more space belowdecks for stowage.


Sun reef master suite

SIGNATURE SUITE: Another hallmark of the Double Deck design is the master suite forward, a full-beam space that encompasses two levels. On the top level there’s the master cabin with king-size berth, vanity, and an LED-lit Jacuzzi surrounded by an orchid jardinière. On the lower level of the master suite is the walk-in wardrobe and bathroom in the port and starboard hulls respectively.


Double deck 82 guest suite

GUESTS WELCOME: The Sunreef Double Deck 82 has overnight accommodation for up to seven guests, and two or three crew. In this VIP suite that’s located in the starboard hull, there’s a queen-size berth, private head with shower, wardrobe, and a complete entertainment system.


guest cabin

FLEXIBLE PLAN: Another guest cabin is set up with twin berths, although this space can be reconfigured for a double berth, and there’s room to add a Pullman.


cockpit of Sun Reef 82 yacht

GREAT OUTDOORS: The full-beam cockpit holds a dining table for up to eight guests, wicker armchairs, and stowage for diving equipment. Beneath the sunpad in the cockpit is space to stow a tender and PWC.


Sunreef 82 under sail

FOR CHARTERING: The 82 DD will accommodate up to 12 people and there’s plenty of space and amenities for entertaining a group of this size. On the flybridge, for instance, there’s a wet bar, barbecue, icemaker, tables and chairs for guests

When Houbara ties up in France for the Cannes boat show in September, it will mark the official public debut of this Sunreef model. The builder is eager to prove that luxury catamarans have what it takes—in terms custom finish and detailing, performance, accommodations and sheer size—to be the superyachts of the future.

For more information, visit Sunreef Yachts.

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 25m (82ft) Beam: 11.28m (37ft) Draft: 1.98m (6’6”) Displacement: 57,999kg (127,868 lbs). Fuel capacity: 8,000 litres

5 Top Affordable Bluewater Cruisers

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

When I was asked to highlight five top affordable bluewater cruising yachts, about 30 models popped into my head. How do you pick just five? You can whittle down the list by setting some parameters: boats that cost £150,000 or less when they aren’t much more than 10 years old, are under a half a million new, and are still in production in one form or another today. With these considerations in mind, here are my picks—five top choices for affordable bluewater cruisers (in alphabetical order).

Caliber 40 LRC

Caliber 40 LRC under sail

The Caliber 40 design appeared in 1991 and through its evolution into the 40 LRC, remains a very attractive cutter. It has a fully encapsulated, elongated fin keel, and the ballast to displacement ratio is a very respectable 44 per cent.


caliber 40 lrc

The Caliber 40 design appeared in 1991 and through its evolution into the 40 LRC, remains a very attractive cutter. It has a fully encapsulated, elongated fin keel, and the ballast to displacement ratio is a very respectable 44 per cent.

caliber cabin

A cruising couple will find plenty of room below; water tankage is good (590 litres) but fuel is only 174 litres, which may need to be modified for cruising.

Caliber 40 lrc cockpit

The T-shaped cockpit is roomy and excellent for entertaining, and also deep and safe at sea, with three large cockpit drains and high back rests.

Hylas 46

Hylas 46

The Hylas 46 is a cutter-rigged sloop with a centre cockpit and a modern underbody.


hylas bow

These cruisers are low, sleek, and fast, with almost no exterior teak and a great multi-step transom for easy boarding.

hylas 46 stern

Serious cruisers will find the Hylas meets their needs inside and out; the interior is outstanding with two cabins and two heads, and a nifty feature is the way the companionway steps swing out to reveal engine access.

Island Packet 420

Island Packet 420

Island Packet builds distinctive, full-keel boats that have almost a cult following. They’re solid glass, heavy cruisers that won’t set any speed records but will get you there in safety and comfort.

bluewater island packet

These sturdy, aft cockpit boats boast good water and fuel tankage, a nice two cabin, two head layout. Beneath the waterline, there's an optional shoal keel (1.37m/4’ 6”) for shallow water destinations.

Island packet cruising

The 420 is not offered as a new build anymore, having been replaced by the 460/465, which carry on the Island Packet tradition of building solid bluewater boats that aren’t all things to all people, but have it all for some.

Tartan 3700

Tartan 3700

The Tartan 3700 is a design that has stood the test of time, and is still being built new today more than a decade since its launch. Although Tartans have been around since the 1970s, Tartan’s current designer, Tim Jackett, brought some unique features to the latest mix.


Tartan offshore cruisers

The 3.83m beam is carried well aft, providing good stability and plenty of room both above and belowdecks. For stress-free singlehanded sailing, there’s a self-tacking jib for when the wind is up and a 150 per cent reacher on a roller furler which will keep the boat moving in light air.


tartan cabin

Below, the Tartan 3700 has two cabins and one head with a stall shower. The saloon has the space of a much bigger boat and there’s a full-sized nav station which is perfect for long-distance cruising.

Valiant 42

Valiant 42

Valiants are tough as nails, double-ended, cutter-rigged sloops. Their traditional looks belie a nimbleness that more or less started the idea of a “performance cruiser.” Not much has changed on these boats over the years so going aboard is a bit like stepping back in time, which is exactly what appeals to many of their buyers.


valiant 42

Tankage (water and fuel) is pretty light, with both being under 100 gallons. However, the boats are extremely practical with little exterior teak, a very versatile aluminium toe rail, and a compact, ocean-going aft cockpit.


valiant 42 accomodations

The design concept grew out of the hugely popular, Bob Perry-designed Valiant 40, and the forward cabin comes in multiple arrangements.

If you ask three sailors what the best cruiser of all time is, you’ll get at least five opinions. These five were selected because they are affordable, recent, and in one form or another, still built. There are older and less expensive models that are still plying the water today—and newer and more expensive models that have taken cruising to a new level—but these five affordable bluewater cruisers certainly merit your attention.

-Zuzana Prochazka

Monte Carlo Yachts 76: A Flybridge Yacht with Pedigree

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The 76 is one of two Monte Carlo Yachts (there’s also a 65), both of which were conceived around a dual mission: to create a cruiser with understated, classic style that will never be obsolete; and a forward-thinking yacht engineered to be a technologically advanced alternative to the current range of inboard-powered cruisers on the market.

monte carlo 76 flybridge yacht

The Italian lines are clear at a glance; hidden from view is a pair of pod drives plus Kevlar, carbon fibre, and resin infusion construction. Top end: 31 knots.

To achieve all of that, Monte Carlo designed the 76 with a few key features. Among them are pod drives, which are offered as an option. The Monte Carlo 76 is one of the first large production motor yachts to employ them and the pay-off is improved fuel efficiency plus more precise handling. The ZF joystick at the helm will be a welcome addition for those owners who plan to operate the boat, and hope to do so as well as the professionals. The boat is also available with V-drives and a stern thruster, but even with that propulsion, a similar joystick is installed at the helm to make handling easier.

Because the boat is built light (carbon fibre, Kevlar and the resin infusion process are all in the mix), performance is solid. The company reports a top speed of 31 knots when powered by twin MAN 1,200-hp engines, and a cruising speed of 26 knots. But this yacht is built for serious cruising, too, so if you want to go the distance, you could back down to 10 knots and achieve a range of about 616 nautical miles. Standard tankage is 4,000 litres, but bigger tanks are available if you want to increase this range.

monte carlo 76 flybridge

The Monte Carlo 76 puts an emphasis on outdoor entertaining, with multiple open-air spaces.

A boat built to be a serious cruiser needs serious space, which is why the 76 has a robust beam of 5.6 metres (18’5″). That width makes for big, open areas all around the yacht, from the engine room to the salon to the accommodations. The Monte Carlo is offered with four or three staterooms, each with an en suite head. While the four-cabin version is best for those who cruise with a sizable crew (or have plans to put the boat into charter), the three-cabin version has a palatial master stateroom that the company says is among the largest in its class.

Monte Carlo Yachts 76 specificationsIn addition to spacious outdoor entertaining areas (flybridge, foredeck and cockpit), the Monte Carlo has a lovely, open salon, also available in more than one configuration. The builder designed one particular version for the U.S. market. It puts the galley and dining area at the aft end of the salon near the sliding doors to the cockpit, so diners can take in the ocean views while enjoying a meal. Another version of the boat puts the galley down and forward; a layout preferred in parts of Europe. Because the 76 can be customised in this way, Monte Carlo can design the boat for a variety of regions. But regardless of which  port it glides into, this yacht is sure to register on everyone’s radar.

Sherman Zwicker: Last of Her Kind

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

The fishing vessel Sherman Zwicker is a 142-foot wooden, two-masted dory schooner that was built in 1942 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia by Smith and Rhuland Shipyard. Like others of her kind, she was used to catch fish off the Grand Banks. Today, there are no others of her kind left. She’s a unique working vessel, turned museum—and she’s for sale.

Sherman Zwicker dory schooner

The dory schooner, once used for fishing the Grand Banks, is now a part of floating history.

Working on a dory schooner was a tough life. The ship sailed to cod fishing grounds and launched small dories that set out miles of line with hooks. Several times a day, the small boats returned to the Sherman Zwicker and offloaded fish that was then salted, because there was no refrigerated hold to keep the catch. The schooner made three trips a year to the Grand Banks, each time staying out a month or more until her hold was full. During the winter, she sailed to South America carrying a cargo of salted fish and returning with a hold full of salt.

F/V Sherman Zwicker has a similar hull design to her famous racing sister ship, Bluenose, but she also has a diesel engine so she was never solely reliant on sail power. That massive Fairbanks Morse 6-cylinder 320 hp auxiliary was rebuilt in 2010 and still drives the ship today, at a cruising speed of 9 knots. The Sherman Zwicker plied the northern waters until the early 1960s and in 1969, George McEvoy brought her to Maine, restored her, and made her into a moving maritime museum.

Still fully operational and seaworthy today, the boat often makes visits to tall ship festivals along the eastern seaboard. Visitors can tour her wheelhouse, main cabin, forecastle, and engine room, where volunteer crewmembers offer tours and information on gear, winches, generator, and the fishing trade of yesteryear.

The Sherman Zwicker is for sale in Boothbay Harbor, Maine for $325,000. Given her historic significance and her good condition, that’s a steal—and the price is reportedly negotiable. The seller is looking for a home for this classic schooner, where she will be able to introduce future generations to maritime history and be kept in the manner to which she has become accustomed.

For more information, go to the Yachtworld Sherman Zwicker listing.

NISI Yachts 2400GT: Bigger, Better, and More Customized

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The NISI 2400 grabbed attention for NISI Yachts a little over a year ago, and where that innovative 78-footer left off, the NISI 2400GT promises to start.

Nisi Yachts 2400GT

The new 2400 from Nisi Yachts gets a GT added to the name - as well as two feet more LOA, a larger bridgedeck, and a four-person hot tub.

As a reminder, the NISI 2400 combined an open, beach-house-like interior and a high level of engineering atypical for a yacht of her size. NISI Yachts builds all of its offerings, from 72 to 85 feet, to RINA Charter Class, with optional MCA Code compliance. Most yachts up to 100 feet LOA aren’t officially classed, nor do they meet MCA standards. As a result, the NISI 2400 has enhanced fire-protection features and automated systems in machinery spaces, among other things. Further, the fiberglass and Kevlar-reinforced hull, designed by Setzer Design Group has a plumb bow, intended to part the waves.

Launching this summer, the NISI 2400GT will feature more customization. Some of the changes were purely comfort-oriented. These include a larger flying bridge and a four-person hot tub aft on the main deck. There’s also two extra feet of length, making her an 80-footer. But, the NISI 2400GT also has engineering changes. Her twin-pod propulsion package featuring Cummins diesels should permit a top speed approaching 30 knots. The owner liked the fuel savings offered by pod propulsion, even with a swift turn of speed. He also liked the ability to run the yacht without crew if so desired. And the forward helm is not enclosed in its own room, instead remaining open to the saloon and even the aft deck, if the glass doors are kept open.

NISI Yachts 2400GT specificationsSpeaking of open, NISI Yachts’ open and airy general arrangement really appealed to the owner. NISI Yachts eschews the use of non-structural bulkheads to create a stronger connection between the indoors and outdoors. Renderings of the interior of the 2400GT reveal light tones, which enhance the bright ambiance created by big windows.

The NISI 2400GT should be delivered to her owner in September. She’ll also be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.

For more information, visit

Rainbow Rides Again

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

From the original Js that ruled the oceans in the 1930s, only Shamrock V, Velsheda, and Endeavour survive as restored vessels. For quite some time they’ve sailed against each other, upholding longstanding rivalries. But at the beginning of the new millennium, J-Class yachting became en vogue, so much so that several replicas have come online since, including the likes of Ranger, Hanuman, which was inspired by Endeavour II , or Lionheart, another replica of the Starling Burgess-designed Ranger.

The new Rainbow, designed by Dykstra & Partners in Holland. Photo: Marloes van der Haagen.

The latest addition to the resurgent J-Class fleet is a replica of Rainbow, which was designed by the Dutch firm of Dykstra & Partners in 2007 and built by Holland Jachtbouw in Zaandam. The original Rainbow was designed by Burgess and won the 1934 America’s Cup for Harold Vanderbilt. Three years later Vanderbilt came back to defend the Cup, but did so with a new boat, Ranger, which had defeated Rainbow in the US trials. While Ranger went on to trounce Endeavour II in the 1937 Cup, the defeated Rainbow was headed for the scrap heap.

Rainbow J Class specificationsUnlike the original Rainbow, which was built from steel by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in Bristol, Rhode Island, the modern version has an aluminum hull with a wooden deckhouse. Other updates for the 21st century include a carbon mast, North 3D-sails, and a 350-kW  diesel-electric propulsion system. A permanent crew of seven grows to 25 or 28 when sailing in racing mode, since she carries nearly 1,500 square meters of cloth that need to be tamed.

To further enhance competition, the class association has developed a new racing rule which includes a handicap system based on velocity prediciton programs (VPP), so older vessles like Shamrock V, Velsheda or Endeavour, which are kept closer to their original configuration, stand a fighting chance against their modern cousins.

For more information and photos, read Rainbow, Newest J-Class Sailing Yacht or visit the Rainbow website.

Dieter Loibner


Seaton Yachts Expedition 83: A Steel Turnkey Experience

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

When you look at the recently unveiled plans from Seaton Yachts for a massive new 83 foot steel expedition trawler, you see a classic-looking, aft-pilothouse yacht. Designed by the prolific Stephen Seaton, it carries classic Seaton trawler lines, with an understated clipper bow, long, gentle sheer, and tri-deck plan.

From the stainless breastplates to the reversed rake of the windshield, this Seaton Expedition 83 is a yacht that screams “ship”.

But it’s what you don’t see on the surface that will make all the difference to the buyer: this is a Lloyds Ice-Classed, steel-hulled luxury home, designed to take its owners to the farthest reaches of the planet.

With an LOA of more than 83’, a displacement of nearly 200 tons and a range of more than 4,200 miles at nine knots, no ocean-kissed destination will be too distant to visit in comfort and safety. Beyond the impressive capabilities of this yacht, the delivery experience may be one of the most unique in the industry. The Seaton Expedition 83’ will be delivered “turnkey” in a fashion only hinted at by other builders.

Turnkey Vessel

To be built by Burger Boat Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, the new yacht will be “bring-your-toothbrush complete,” says John Clayman, Seaton Yachts President. Not only will all systems be fully installed, including navigation and monitoring systems, but even the primary tender – an 18’ Nautica Widebody – will be in her chocks on the foredeck. All china and silver will be safely ensconced in specially-built drawers and cupboards. The equipment suppliers are the best in the business, with emphasis on commercial-quality gear from OEMs like Furuno, Simrad, Krill Systems and KVH. The yacht will even have an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and an emergency oxygen supply aboard, as befits a vessel intended for voyage to uninhabited, remote places.

The final delivery to the customer will be at Seaton Yachts’ home at the Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island. The yacht’s first passage, however, will be from the Wisconsin shipyard over the Saint Lawrence Seaway and down the East Coast, providing the builder a chance to thoroughly wring out all the systems and equipment aboard. John Clayman says the first oil changes on engines and generators will have taken place, so that the owner is taking delivery of a yacht that can leave immediately for parts unknown. Even the tools for the engine room are already aboard.

This yacht is ship-like, from stainless-steel breastplates that protect the hull, to Navy-style anchors, to reverse-raked pilothouse windows. The steel, Ice-Classed hull itself suggests a focus on rugged durability on voyages where flotsam and jetsam can include everything from whales to semi-submerged steel cargo containers. High bulwarks, covered exterior walkways, and premium, commercial-rated hardware and systems also speak to the expedition nature of her mission.

Deck Layout

The main deck layout includes a comfy saloon, separate dining area and forward galley fit for a professional chef. The foredeck stows the tender and lots of water toys, with a hydraulic crane to deploy them to either port or starboard. The aft cockpit has room to sit and dine, or fish, or just plain relax. Just to highlight the true ship-like quality of the design, the above-deck air vents have automatic closures to prevent water ingestion in heavy seas.

The lower deck features three main staterooms, with additional self-contained crew quarters. The owner’s cabin is amidships, with a VIP forward and a guest with twin singles between the two. The upper wheelhouse deck features a large “sky lounge” aft of the helm area that would be the perfect place to enjoy a little al fresco dining, or just watch the world go by when seas are calm.

The Seaton is going to be delivered in turn-key condition, with all of its systems and even the tender already in place and operational.

Power and Systems

The yacht is powered by two keel-cooled John Deere 6135 AFM75 565-hp diesels, driving 52” nibral props. There are two 40kW Northern Lights generators, which also power the central hydraulic system, which drives everything including the crane, windlasses, mooring capstans, emergency bilge pump, anchor washdown pump, and continuous-duty thrusters. The Naiad stabilizers are driven by a main engine PTO.

Two commercial-grade fire hydrants, with 100’ of lay-flat fire hose in a deck locker, are supplied by engine-drive fire pumps on each of the mains. Naturally, given the turnkey go-anywhere philosophy, a full SOLAS commercial safety package that includes flares, PFDs, offshore liferafts and 406 GPIRB is part of the deal.Seaton Expedition 83 specifications

Cruising Range

With 8,250 gallons of fuel aboard, the Expedition 83 will travel 4,260 NM (with 10% reserve) at nine knots, and 3,160 NM at 10 knots. Top speed is in excess of 12 knots. Her draft of 7’4” will keep you out of some skinny Bahamian anchorages, but truthfully, that isn’t the mission of this yacht—think more about being able to comfortably anchor in the Magellan Straits, with the twin 330 lb Lloyds-certified HHP (High Holding Power) anchors and 400’ of steel chain.

Burger has one of the longest yacht-building histories in the business (since 1863) and recently upgraded facilities in the Wisconsin yard mean that construction of this steel and aluminum yacht will be done in a modern environment but by old hands who know how to build in steel.

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