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Sailing Yacht KOKOMO III

October 21, 2009 by Yacht Designer
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As the new Sailing Yacht KOKOMO III is being built by the now famous New Zealand superyacht builder, Alloy Yachts, and is to be launched in 2010 it is time to reflect on and savour the splendor of the 2006 KOKOMO II. S/Y KOKOMO received many accolades in the first year after launch, as one would expect with such a high quality and innovating sailing sloop. These included finalist in the 2006 Boat International World Superyacht Award, ShowBoats International Award and International Superyacht Design Award. However KOKOMO was more than this. She was the evolution of large sailing Alloy Yachts as taken to a far higher level boasting an elegant low profile – and a pedigreed hull form born to perform… It will be very interesting to see how far this evolution is taken once again with the launch of the next KOKOMO III in 2010. For more info on Alloy Yachts and KOKOMO please see: http://www.alloyyachts.com/our+fleet/Kokomo.html

With a passion for racing, luxury yacht KOKOMO III is the second Alloy Yachts-built Dubois Naval Architects sloop he has owned. Intended for extensive cruising and for competing in a range of superyacht regattas around the world, style and performance were key requirements. Kokomo’s clean lines and elegant low profile represent a perfect balance of form and function. The flybridge configuration leaves the main deck area completely dedicated to relaxation and entertainment. Kokomo continues the steady progression in the design and construction of large, easily handled high performance sailing yachts for which Alloy Yachts has gained an international reputation. Kokomo also expands the yard’s repertoire of custom components designed and built in-house. For example, this is the first yacht with the entire package of vertical and captive reel winches designed and built by Alloy Yachts. She also has a telescopic three station passerelle designed and built by Alloy Yachts.

The Redman Whiteley Dixon designed interior features walnut joinery with wenge detailing. The interior styling is thoroughly modern, with clean, uncluttered lines both in the joinery and furniture. The sense of space is further enhanced by the fact that the main deck aft is entirely devoted to lounging and entertaining areas, without the customary interruption of helm-stations. The principal helm station is up a level on Superyact KOKOMO’s flybridge, which also offers alfresco entertainment options. The cockpit well is protected by the overhang of the flybridge. The sides can be open for the breeze to waft through, or at the push of a button, monolithic glass panels emerge from the side coamings to enclose this area. Pneumatic sliding glass doors admit guests from the cockpit directly into the main saloon. The saloon décor features dark timber flooring, grooved to resemble deck planking. A silk rug in the lounge area and upholstery fabrics in soft, earthy tones complement the modern ambience. By day, light streams into the saloon from the expansive side windows, which also afford extensive views. In the evenings, a private, intimate atmosphere is created with the pleated silk roman blinds drawn down at the push of a button. Forward of the saloon and still on the same level is the navigation area arrayed across the full beam of the yacht with views out through the raked forward windscreen at the base of the mast.

Flexible accommodation arrangements in superyacht KOKOMO’s allow for up to 12 guests in five staterooms. Access to the aft accommodation area is by a stairway situated on the starboard side of the main saloon. It leads down to a T-shaped lobby with a day head on the port side, opposite the stairwell. Two identical double cabins side by side and divided down the centerline occupy the full beam of the yacht at the top of the T-shaped lobby. Each has a queen size bed with a side settee that can be converted to an additional single bed. Silk oatmeal carpets are soft and luxurious underfoot in the bedrooms. The bathrooms feature white marble and green glass finishes, with wenge detailing.

Flanking the leg of the T-shaped lobby are two mirror-image cabins with twin single berths, each with an additional Pullman berth and ensuite bathroom. The aft end of Superyacht KOKOMO’s lobby gives access to the owners’ suite, which spans the full beam of the yacht, making for a very spacious arrangement. A king size bed is on the centerline with a leather top desk to starboard and a leather top chest of drawers on the port side. A rise and fall TV is concealed behind artwork to the right of the entranceway. The ensuite bathroom is situated up a couple of steps and behind the aft bulkhead. All the guest suites have expansive portholes, electric blinds, climate control, mood lighting and music systems.

Vital Specifications of Sailing Yacht KOKOMO

LOA 51.70m (170ft)
LWL 44.80m (147ft)
Beam 10.20m (33.5ft)
Draft 4.90m (16.1ft)
Displacement 340 tonnes
Sails 3DL by North Sails
Sail Area 2,500m2 (27,000ft2)
Mast and boom Carbon fibre five spreader mast with furling boom
and crows nest by Southern Spars
Furlers Reckmann
Winches Captive reel and vertical by Alloy Yachts
Main Engine Caterpillar diesel 3412E
Gear Box ZF 1960 reduction gearbox with 4:1 ratio
6 The Concourse
Henderson, Auckland, 0610, New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 838 7350 • Fax +64 9 838 7393
Propeller Hundested variable pitch
Range 5,000nm @ 12 knots
Bow / Stern thrusters TRAC II 90hp
Generators 2 x 90kW Northern Lights generators
Fuel 36,334 litres (9,598 US gallons)
Water 10,740 litres (2,837 US gallons)
BUILDER Alloy Yachts International
DESIGNER Dubois Naval Architects
INTERIOR DESIGNER Redman Whiteley Dixon Design
OWNER’S REP. Marine Construction Management (MCM)
CLASSIFICATION Lloyds Register of Shipping 100 A1 SSC Yacht
Mono G6 LMC
Large Yacht Code

Her expansive aft deck can be left clear for sun-bathing, or an evening cocktail promenade. Alternatively, a removable aft-facing settee provides a great spot for contemplating the view at anchor, or under way.

Kokomo is now also available for yacht charters here.

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4 Comments - Share Your Thoughts

  1. kbgordon01

    kbgordon01 on December 7, 2009

    I’m not particularly experienced with all things sailing-related, but I thought the correct term for a single-masted yacht like Kokomo is “sloop”, not “ketch”?

  2. john

    john on December 8, 2009

    “S/Y KOKOMO received many accolades in the first year after launch, as one would expect with such a high quality and innovating sailing ketch.” Thanks for your comment. That is refering to the first KOKOMO (or KOKOMO I), a sailing ketch.

  3. kbgordon01

    kbgordon01 on December 11, 2009

    Thanks for your response. I thought I’d look up Kokomo I and based on the images seen on http://www.alloyyachts.com/our+fleet/Kokomo+of+London.html, you’ll see Kokomo I is also a sloop.

  4. john

    john on December 11, 2009

    I think you are indeed correct – all Kokomo yachts are sloops, and certainly the latest one, number III! I have editied the article accordingly. Here is another link that may be of interest over at Yacht Forums: http://www.yachtforums.com/forums/alloy-yacht/8252-kokomo-iii.html Thanks for your comments Gordon, please feel free to post anytime…

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