News: Sailing yacht Salperton IV

June 19, 2009 by john
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Sailing yacht Salperton IV is a fast cruising sloop of 45 meters in length which was built by Fitzroy Yachts of New Zealand and designed by Dubois, with an Adam Lay interior. The superyacht Salperton IV has now been launched by Fitzroy in New Zealand for a repeat owner and client of both Fitzroy and of Dubois.

At 45 meters in length sailing yacht Salperton IV is the latest superyacht so far to be built by Fitzroy Yachts, being onemeter longer than Salperton III at 44 m.

Salperton IV is owned by a European owner who also built the award winning Salperton III. With that yacht being so successful it was logical for the owner, a keen and experience yachtsman, to again engage the Fitzroy Yachts and Dubois yacht design and new build team, for Salperton IV.

Pictured: The managing director of Fitzroy Yachts Rodney Martin is standing proud at the wheel of Salperton IV before launch at Port Taranaki. He said there was a huge sense of pride to see each project finished. “It is an amazing accomplishment to build one of these things in a small shed in New Plymouth and it takes a dedicated team of tradesmen.”

Three cranes were used to lower super yacht Salperton IV into the Tasman Sea off Port Taranaki’s Blyde Wharf. The yacht costs an estimated $30 million and she is 215 tonnes, took two years to build and is the eight superyachts that Fitzroy has built in the past 12 years.

Salperton IV is a luxury yacht with accommodation comprising four ensuited state rooms, each and three crew cabins. For extra luxury she also has a gym and a spa pool.

260,000 hours have gone into the construction of the superyacht. She is fully air conditioned, has its own sewage treatment station, can make 15 tonnes of water per day, carries 30 tonnes of fuel and has a 850-horsepower Cat engine in case there is no wind.

More from Rodney Martin:

“When you get a chance to stand back from it all, it is pretty special.”

It is the second yacht the company has built for British owner Barry Houghton the Salperton III was launched in 2007, the company’s 10th anniversary, and won two international super yachts awards the next year.

“There is just no question that we have produced the best super yacht launched in that year.” Another of the company’s success stories is In Motion, a 41-metre yacht launched last year and a finalist for the 2009 awards.

Fitzroy Engineering’s Peter White-Robinson set up the yacht business in 1997 after New Zealand won the America’s Cup.

“He got interested after seeing all of those super yachts in Auckland,” Mr Martin said.

The company started with 30 staff and launched its first $6 million, 24-metre, 74-tonne luxury yacht Spirit of Fitzroy in January 2000.

Mr Martin said the company now employed 190 staff and liked to have two projects simultaneously on the go launching a new yacht every two years.

A 50-metre luxury craft is now half-finished. Mr Martin said the company hoped to have another under way in the next few months.

“We have been in negotiations with a couple of different clients for a while now and we are still just trying to nail that down,” he said.

“Winning the world super yacht award last year was a boost. If you are looking for benchmarks or indicators no one was better than us.”

The design concept for Salperton was for a superyacht which sails and performs even better than III, which is difficult. The brief also stressed long range cruising capability as well as luxury and comfort.

45 m length on deck is matched with a 61 m Southern Spars rig, with Future Fibres PBO rigging. Her ig holds an impressive 573 square m of mainsail and a total sail area of 3752 square meters.

As with the earlier Salperton Adam Lay Studio was also asked back to create the yacht’s interior design work. It has been reported that Salperton IV departed New Zealand today for a three month Pacific cruise. The sailing yacht will then show up in the Mediterranean next season, after first cruising the Caribbean.

Yacht Salperton IV Specifications:

Designed by Dubois Naval Architects
Interior Designed by Adam Lay Studio Limited
Project Management by Contract and Project Management Limited
Built by Fitzroy Yachts Limited

Length Overall: 45 m
Length Waterline: 39 m
Beam Max: 9.3 m
Dagger Board Raised: 4.75m
Dagger Board Lowered: 7.0 m

Displacement: 215 tonnes
Construction: Aluminium
Classification: MCA LY2, Lloyds +100 A1 SSC YACHT MONO G6 LMC

Engine: 875 HP Caterpillar Engine Type C18D
Rig: Southern Spars
Accommodation: Owners Cabin,
3 x Guest Cabins, 3 x Crew Cabins

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