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Alloy Yachts and Dubois Yacht Design Presents Sailing Yacht Kokomo

October 6, 2009 by Superyacht Design
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Builder: Alloy Yachts
Designer: Redman Whiteley Dixon
Yacht Type: New Sailing Yachts
Engine: 2 x Caterpillar C18 \'D\' rated
LOA: 58.40 m (191.6')
Draft: 4.95 m (16.2')
Beam: 10.94 m (35.9')
Naval Architect: Dubois Naval Architects
Yacht Class: Sailing

It is extremely difficult to find spaces for improvement in something that is absolutely perfect. However, Alloy yacht seems to do this impossible task almost every time. The 58.4 meter long Kokomo is the upgraded version of the earlier Kokomos (an absolutely perfect sailing yacht) by the company. Supposed to be the largest of the three Kokomos the company has yet made, the new Kokomo will be one of the largest sailing yachts in the world when launched in 2010.

Kokomo will feature Alloy yacht’s forte – lifting keel technique, which will provide the yacht with high stability and speed. Moreover, lots of research and time has went into developing and upgrading the lifting keel feature of the yacht, which will ensure safe and smooth sailing without affecting the people on board. Various tests such as tank testing, which included a study done by the Wolfson Unit at Southampton University that explained the different forces involved if the vessel hit an immovable underwater object with the keel. Exhaustive tests have also been carried out to ensure damage limitations.

Technically, Kokomo is said to be quite a complex project with Dubois Naval Architects designing both the bulb as well as a lifting keel. When raised, the keel makes her draft 4.95 meters, or 16 feet, and when lowered to 8.10 meters, or 26.5 feet. The mast and boom, by Southern Spars, will be made of carbon fiber. Moreover, the mast will rise 71 meters (233 feet) into the sky, giving an opportunity to the lightweight yet strong material to act full of its strength. According to Alloy, the selection of carbon fiber for the mast in combination with composite for the entire standing rigging package saves about 60 percent over conventional steel rigging.

In addition to this, the winch package, which includes vertical winches and captive reel winches, is being created by the in-house team of Alloy Yachts. The yacht will also have twin 872-hp Caterpillar engines with variable pitch propellers.

The interior of the yacht will comprise of four guest staterooms along with an owner’s suite. The yacht will also have saloon and storage spaces. Apart from this, there are four crew cabins plus a single-berth engineer’s cabin (with a Pullman) and a double-berth captain’s cabin.

Kokomo is expected to be delivered in December 2009. The yacht will be built to Lloyd’s X100 A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6 MCH classification.

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