Zanziba a new Turkish built sailing superyacht entering the final stages of its build is now being offered for sale by Hutch Wright at €7.9 million.
Just a few months away from completion at Archipelago Yachts in Bodrum, she offers a new owner the opportunity to specify the fit-out of the interior but still have a brand new yacht ready for the start of the 2013 season.
She was originally ordered by a British businessman with many years’ yachting experience who has since moved on to other projects. Designed in the UK by David Wright Design, the brief was for a yacht that would be able to defray a large part of its annual running costs in what was recognised as a highly competitive charter market.
Rather than take the fractional ownership route, the original owner decided that he wanted a boat that would reflect his own tastes and personality, but which would at the same time be attractive to sociable charterers with large families or lots of friends.
With that in mind the design brief was that the yacht should be externally attractive in a classical way with plenty of deck space for relaxation and toys, while below it should be capable of accommodating up to three families in comfort with a high crew-to-guest ratio.
After looking at a number of design and build options the decision was to take the modern classic route, which delivers graceful and distinctive lines thereby avoiding the generic look of many modern sailing yachts of this size.
The selection of a schooner rig allows a choice of manageable sail configurations while twin diesels deliver a maximum cruising speed of 13 knots for passage making on light air days.
A beam of nine metres allows accommodation of six double and twin cabins, all with en-suite facilities, in the forward section of the yacht, plus four twins aft of the engine room for the crew. For any owner that wanted a spacious master suite using the full beam of the yacht, converting two of the existing cabins into one would be straightforward and still leave for four guest cabins.
A deckhouse holds the saloon and dining area and flows seamlessly into the spacious cockpit area, allowing a range of entertainment and relaxation options.
Built to MCA and RINA standards and with the full range of comfort, navigation and sailing systems, the yacht is now ready to begin her final interior fit-out, giving the purchaser the advantage of being able to specify his or her own interior style.
With owners looking to charter their boats as a part of moves to control costs, it is only to be expected that the more astute will start to factor this in at the design stage.
Proven attractiveness to the charter market will also improve resale values. This project demonstrates that planning for this at the earliest stages can create yachts that will delight both their owners and the accountants.