SuperYacht of the Week: Mondango, simply breathtaking
Photos by Ivor Wilkins (Sailing) & Martin Fine (Interior)
Mondango, the stunning Dubois 52m ketch from Alloy Yachts has been meticulously designed and built by dedicated owners who have been involved in every aspect of her development. Mondango was built for an International Businessman, and is the fifth yacht over 50m built by Alloy Yachts.
She has a beam of 10.2m (33.5ft), draws 4.9m (16.1ft) and a displacement of 350 tonnes. She was launched in the traditional way with champagne across the bow and then made its way under the control of two tugs from the yard to the Viaduct Basin in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.
She has been built to Lloyds Classification and complies with the Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2. The design from Dubois Naval Architects is for a high performance aluminium ketch which represents a world luxury cruising yacht with the ability to stay operational for extended voyages without shore based support. The topsides are a majestic blue with a Matterhorn white superstructure.
This vessel takes advantage of her earlier sisters' design development and the now extensive experience of Salperton (launched 2002), Squall (also 2002), and Tiara (launched 2004). Her superstructure extends further aft than other Alloy-Dubois designs, creating a large cockpit area that’s curved and side windows can be opened or closed allowing for climate control.
Mondango's modern and fresh interior, design by Reymond Langton, offers luxury accommodation for 10 guests. The interiors in light grain English white oak panelling with trims of dark brown leather create a contrasting fresh interior. The saloon furniture is a combination of Macassar wood, soft fabric and leather with the flooring cut in a unique radial design with a wool and silk carpet for the utmost of comfort. Soft curves combined with bold colour choices and lighting give the interior a voluptuous ambience.
Hidden behind artwork inspired by a Japanese Suo design, a garment for Kyogen performance around 1700, is the TV. The middle panel, with its bronze, zinc and copper coatings, retracts to reveal the 65" screen. Two of the three papier-mâché panels made by London artist Andrea Maflin slide to the centre to allow a clear aft-to-bow view if desired. An imposing Inuit sculpture in white Arctic marble compliments the free folating balustrade structure leading down to the guest areas.
The accommodation on the lower deck comprises of a full beam Owners stateroom, two VIP cabins and two twin berthed guest cabins.
The owner's ensuite furnishings include a carved once piece vanity in rare pink onyx with a hammered stainless steel sink and a Japanese-style-toilet combining both bidet and toilet functions. Each guest stateroom is themed in distinctive colours with the throws, cushions and bed covers designed in London to coordinate specifically with each atmosphere and a unique onyx bowl in each bathroom adds to the distinctive feel of each cabin. Set into the window bays of each VIP cabin is a contemporary chaise-longue.
Another Inuit sculpture in Serpentine stone by Niviaqsi and a unique glassblown/metal piece named the "Tear Drop Vessel" by Australia artist Brian Hirst can also be found in the Master stateroom. The spacious guest lobby features a beautiful glass panel, designed and crafted by London artist Julia and a unique interwoven leather and metal clad mirror. The day head leading from the lobby is decorated in green onyx and also boasts a Japanese-style toilet.
Much research has gone into the harmony and comfort of the yacht and the result is simply breathtaking.
Mondango is fitted with carbon fibre masts by Marten Spars with fully battened in-boom furling. Sails by North sails are handled by 18 captive and 8 vertical winches. The entire winch package designed and built by Alloy Yachts.
The main engine is a 3412D 1200hp Caterpillar and she is fitted with two 90kw Northern Lights generators. Two water makers each supply up to 16000 litres per day. Bow and stern thrusters will assist maneuvering in confined space. Her range is 7.200nm at 10 knots.
The Alloy Yachts custom SeaTouch system is installed with six touch screen monitors to indicate systems and alarm status. The CCTV operates with four cameras located throughout the yacht.
Mondango is available for charter, through Edmiston from €185.000 per week.