Archipelago Yachts in Bodrum, Turkey, tell us that their 40‐metre, modern classic schooner which is currently in build, is now about 70% complete, and will launch in the third quarter of 2012. This distinctive and unusual project is characterised by a light and exceptionally spacious interior that is unusual in traditional‐style wooden craft.
Naval architecture is by Alparslan Tekogul, supported by Paul Spooner of Fairlie Restorations. Exterior and interior styling is by David Wright Design.
The modern systems referred to include everything from air conditioning, CCTV, WiFi and a full Lantic entertainment system to NavTec rod rigging, Stratis™ sails by Doyle, hydraulic winches by Lewmar and Harken and comprehensive navigation, electrical and hotel systems.
The accommodation is spread over two decks, with a spacious deckhouse containing the saloon and covered dining area offering spectacular views, and a lower deck with the guest cabins, crew quarters and service areas.
The interior design can be described as colonial in style with teak, burr oak and zebrano veneers accented by bronze and nickel fittings to create a rich effect dominated by natural tones reminiscent of an earlier and more leisured era. Use of woven rattan and leather add to the overall impression of natural luxury and tactile, three‐dimensional textures.
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