Aglaia is a spectacular 66m sloop-rigged aluminium yacht with low superstructure and a clean deck. The large sloop rig is all carbon with EC6 rigging and gives a sail area to displacement ratio equivalent to a racing yacht. This Dubois design breaks new grounds in several areas – not just the length of this sloop but in the design and all the engineering, innovation, technique and craftsmanship coming together. For us as a yard, Aglaia is the confirmation that it’s kind of fun to do the impossible!
Aglaia started off her second Mediterranean season with a spectacular novelty: she now carries a Code 1 artwork by the Norwegian artist Magne Furuholmen. This is the worldwide largest artwork on canvas. Though one can hardly call a 3600 sqm painting a detail, this is yet another confirmation of nearly every single detail of this yacht being extraordinary. More info on Magne Furuholmen: www.magnef.org.
Aglaia’s design brief asked for an all-weather performance sailer with sleek and clean lines. In addition, requirements were stated for sailing, steering and manoeuvrability. With the motto to develop a 60m+ yacht that sails like a dinghy, the design team set specific targets like hoisting the main sail in less than two minutes and tacking the boat within 30 seconds. The 83m carbon mast is the largest ever produced by Southern Spars and had to be transported to The Netherlands in two pieces. The three-dimensionally curved glass in the deckhouse has a spectacular light effect and gives undistorted panoramic views.
For performance reasons, the Owner and Naval Architect Dubois chose to avoid a double headstay. The size and weight of the Staysail and Code 1 implied difficult manual handling. This challenged us to develop an innovative storage system.
Photo’s by Christopher Scholey and Rick Tomlinson
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