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|Alloy Yachts Starts AY46 Superyacht Ketch for Repeat Customer|
|Diane M. Byrne|
|Wednesday, 02 November 2011 09:52|
Come 2013, the owners of the Alloy Yachts-built Mondango will have another Alloy ketch to sail. AY46, the project name for the sailing superyacht shown here, recently began construction.
Similar to many megayacht owners, these owners are stepping up in size. While Mondango is 170 feet (51.7 meters), AY46 will be 185 feet (56.4 meters). The additional LOA and beam allow for technical improvements as well as lifestyle ones. (Beam is 36 feet, or 11 meters, vs. 34 feet, or 10.32 meters.) For example, two tenders will stow beneath a foredeck hatch, where as Mondango had room for one. There was also a foredeck Jacuzzi aboard Mondango, but AY46 will have one aft.
AY46 has some similarities to her predecessor, though. The carbon fiber mast and boom are from Southern Spars, and the same firm is supplying rigging, all as with Mondango. AY46 will also have sails from North Sails. The owners tapped the same design team, too, with naval architecture by Dubois Naval Architects and the interior by Reymond Langton Design.
Interior renderings have not yet been released, but if Mondango is any indication, there should be bold use of color and a mix of cultural influences. In addition, given that the owners have had Mondango cruise more than 55,000 nautical miles to date, AY46 should also become a serious bluewater cruiser. The swing lift centerboard will allow the owners to enjoy shallow-draft anchorages as well as deep ones, with draft being 13 feet (4 meters) with it raised and 36 feet (11 meters) with it down.