Mari-Cha III, the record-breaking 147ft Sensation Yachts Super Maxi sailing yacht, has left the Derecktor Connecticut facility after a five-month makeover. She arrived on somewhat short notice, according to Paul Derecktor, the company’s CEO. “The Mari-Cha people wanted to take advantage of the current favorable exchange rate in the United States.”
Derecktor stripped Mari-Cha III down to give access to all systems and prepare for an in-depth preventative maintenance program and systems upgrade, including upgraded air conditioning and new generators. The yard performed a complete check of hydraulics, the electrical system, and electronics, and service manager Steve Shaw supervised a repiping of the entire boat. Simultaneously, Derecktor repainted topsides, the superstructure, bottom, and rigs in the ventilated paint shed. Captain Damien Durchon and his crew stripped down the masts, and new standing rigging was installed. The three headstays were upgraded to Future Fibres PBO stays with carbon furling foils by Solution. Clear Group International of Connecticut handled Mari-Cha III’s interior refit. The firm returned the wood surfaces to a clean white top joinery finish and redesigned the bathroom with vanity marble covers to upgrade the vanities without tearing out the existing joinery.
Durchon, who has been with the Mari-Cha program since 2003, explained the reasons for choosing Derecktor. “We are quite demanding when it comes to our boats. We expect the work to be perfect. Crossing the Atlantic was well worth the effort to take advantage of the quality workmanship at Derecktor.”
Launched in 1997, Mari-Cha III was designed by Philippe Briand with a traditional interior by John Munford that can be removed to save weight when racing. In 1998, she broke one of sailing’s most prized records when she went from New York to the Lizard in eight days, 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 41 seconds, shattering the existing record. She is still the fastest yacht in the Sydney to Hobart race since December 1999 when she covered the race course in one day, 18 hours, and 27 minutes.