Sale Yachts Salperton

Salperton

Salperton is the third yacht of the same name and like her predecessor, now called Drumbeat, she is an exceptional performance yacht.

Built to MCA/Lloyds' top standards at Fitzroy Yachts in New Zealand, the 44 metre sloop was designed by Dubois Naval Architects with an interior by Adam Lay.

With a maximum draft of 7 metres, a high aspect sail plan was calculated to maximise the long waterline hull design. The 60 metre, high modulus carbon fibre mast has the highest sail to displacement ratio yet seen and towers over similar sized yachts. 3DL North Sails were selected and, to remain independent of a shore base, seven metre lockers with pneumatic seals hold the entire collection in perfect condition.

Decks are kept flush using captive winches and even the anchors are stowed below deck.

Top performance was designed to be achieved in all conditions. On her maiden voyage from New Zealand to Spain, she made good headway through 60 knot headwinds and eight metre seas.

A hydraulic carbon-fibre rudder responds to the lightest touch and the aluminium hull holds firm and true to a line.

The comfort zone is handled with great sensitivity. This may be a performance yacht but relaxation is very much part of the agenda.

The forward tender store is also a spa pool and, for those who would rather sunbathe than be gripped to the wheel, aft of the twin steering positions are two large sunbeds. Considerable entertaining space is available.

Emphasis has been placed on uniting in and outdoor space. The pilothouse has a large opening skylight and six, massive, curved glass panels, four of which retract and lead out to the cockpit.

Interior style is neat and contemporary, but far from minimalist. Oak floorboards and white cotton carpets, oak panelling with wenge inlays make up the colour palette. Detailing uses leather, bronze, granite and onyx to create simple but immensely stylish atmosphere.

The pilothouse is a haven of dining and seating areas and it is hard to over emphasise the degree of light that pours into this magnificent living space.

On the lower deck, eight guests sleep in a full-beam master, a VIP double, a double with an additional single bed and Pullman and a twin that is currently set up as a gymnasium. Flexibility is the word.

Salperton is unquestionably one of the finest large sloops with ocean going capability. She would take four years to replicate and it would be hard to improve on her performance or comfort. She is available now and if the best is available, the question is simple. Why wait?

Salperton, Fitzroy Yachts, 2007, 44m/144'4", 10 guests, €21.5m