460 Explorer Moka

by Sanlorenzo

Simply transatlantic – that’s how Sanlorenzo aptly and effectively summarises Moka, the first hull of the Sanlorenzo 460 Explorer model, which was delivered to her American Owner last year. A second hull was delivered to a Mexican Owner this year and a further three hulls are currently in the advanced phases of construction, ready for delivery next year and the year after to their respective Arabic, Russian and Chinese Owners. These five hulls, sold in quick succession on all the world markets, confirm the global success of this new model created by Sanlorenzo in association with Francesco Paszkowski. Paszkowski is the creator of the exterior design, whose look is perfectly aligned with the instantly recognisable family feel of the Sanlorenzo brand’s traditional style. The Sanlorenzo 460 Explorer was devised and developed by the Italian shipyard after carrying out a lengthy, in-depth study of the explorer vessel type, which has formed an active, constantly growing market segment of its own on the international stage for some time now. It is a vessel inspired by the large transoceanic exploration ships capable of offering complete autonomy on long ocean crossings and ensuring flawless seakeeping in any and all weather conditions. The advantageous characteristics offered by the Sanlorenzo 460 Explorer are genuinely numerous, with particular strengths including a high level of safety, low consumption, a full displacement hull combined with efficient propulsion, and systems suitable for long stays on board. These are accompanied by other important elements such as deliberately compact dimensions to allow for greater manoeuvrability when in the roads and in port, and intentionally generous volumes that allow for the creation of huge external spaces and capacious interiors. Even the spaces for technical facilities, storage, services and the crew have dimensions somewhat larger than are usually found on vessels of the same size. Most importantly, however, the Sanlorenzo 460 Explorer is an outstanding interpretation of the renowned Italian shipyard’songoing technological commitment to the continuous improvement of the quality of its creations, with the greatest attention paid to comfort on board and ever-increasing respect for the natural environment. The fact that this vessel has obtained RINA Comfort Class certification and Green Star Plus notation in addition to the usual construction approval should therefore surprise nobody. The first of these was awarded in the light of the excellent results achieved in terms of noise and vibration reduction, the second for the advanced technical content with deliberately chosen environmentally friendly systems. In summary, then, the Sanlorenzo 460 Explorer is a distillation of the Italian shipyard’s experience and flair for innovation in a robust metal case of high-strength steel and solid aluminium, with an overall length of just 42.8 metres and a total gross tonnage of 460 tonnes. This 460 GT value is the source of the number in the name of the model, Sanlorenzo 460 Explorer, a motoryacht expressly designed to appeal to owners with a tangible love of sailing along little-known courses to explore geographically remote places. This is certainly the case for the Owner of Moka, who wanted a style for his new vessel’s interior design – created by Francesco Paszkowski with the Sanlorenzo Style Centre – that was perfectly in line with the philosophy of rationality and functionality that has always been typical of pure explorer vessels. However, this had to be achieved without compromising on exclusiveness and luxury, interpreted through contemporary, timeless furniture that is simple and linear yet never minimalist, characterised by a calm elegance that puts the accent on relaxation in a warm atmosphere imbued with serenity. Exquisite woods have been used extensively for the welcoming interiors throughout the yacht, including classically naval woods such as teak and mahogany, paired with selected natural leathers in attractive solid, intense colours. Moka’s layout is distributed across five decks, as shown on the design for the basic model of the Sanlorenzo 460 Explorer, but naturally its spatial organisation has been customised to meet the Owner’s personal requirements. On the sun deck, protected by a large hard top, there are three different sections with varying functions: an observation lounge with chairs, a bar and barbecue area with small tables, and a sunbathing area with sun pads. On the upper deck, the aft deck is partially covered by the overhanging deck above and features both an open air lounge with chairs and an alfresco dining area with a table to seat ten diners. Inside, there is a salon featuring a relaxation area with sofas and a bar area with a bar and a small table, while amidships there is a pantry and a day head, as well as the captain’s cabin next to the wheelhouse. The foredeck has open air storage for a rescue boat, a waverunner and a jet ski. On the main deck, the aft deck can be used in two different ways. When the yacht is underway, it acts as a space for storage of the main tender and service tender, with the option to store additional waverunners, jet skis, speed boats, fishing boats or sail boats, not to mention sea bobs, windsurfing equipment and even quadskis. Meanwhile at anchor, when it is cleared of equipment, the aft deck transforms into a sunbathing area that can be laid out with sun beds, next to the swimming pool which has its own hydraulic system for counter-current swimming. Inside, there is a salon with a living area laid out with sofas and a dining area with a table to seat 12 or 14 diners. A pantry and the galley are located amidships, with the Owner’s suite occupying a forward position and consisting of a private study, the master stateroom and two bathrooms. On the lower deck, a very well equipped gym is positioned amidships together with the five guest staterooms, while the beach area occupies the stern. This space has a folding hatch to form a sunbathing terrace overhanging the water, and features a large lounge bar area with chairs, a day head and a shower cubicle. The crew quarters, meanwhile, are located in the forward section, comprising a crew galley, crew mess and three crew cabins. The under lower deck is home to a laundry with ironing facilities, as well as the service and storage areas.

Walter Douglass

Photos by Maurizio Baldi

From the Moka ship’s log:


Moka, the first explorer motoryacht built by Sanlorenzo, was launched and tested by the shipyard at the end of summer 2015 in time for her presentation in September at the Monaco Yacht Show. In the weeks that followed, the finishing touches were applied and she was tested further by the technicians in the presence of the new crew, before final delivery on 11 December 2015. A few short hours after the toasts to celebrate her delivery, Moka immediately set off on her maiden voyage which was successfully completed through the end of last year and the beginning of this year. It was a long, non-stop voyage from the Mediterranean coast until landfall on the American coast. Below, we set out the Italian shipyard’s preliminary remarks and summary of the first crossing, taken from the ship’s log.

Usually, yachts – even at this size – are loaded onto one of the many specialist ships that transport them around the ocean nowadays, whether because they do not have the necessary range, they are not considered suitable to take on an ocean crossing, or simply for reasons of convenience. The Sanlorenzo 460 Explorer, however, has a transoceanic range and the reliability and seaworthiness to allow her to cross the Atlantic under her own steam, and she was in fact designed and built precisely to take on crossings like this. Encouraged by these considerations and confident in his yacht, Moka’s Owner did not hesitate to tackle an Atlantic crossing as the vessel’s maiden voyage so that he could immediately enjoy his brand new yacht during the winter 2016 season on the shores of the US. It was at the very least an unusual decision, given that the crew was almost entirely new and had only had a few weeks to get used to a yacht that, although well built and tried and tested, is nonetheless still a prototype. The crew consisted of eight plus the captain. On 11 December, Moka set sail from the port of Viareggio towards Palma de Mallorca, where she docked on 13 December after 500 miles through the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Gulf of Lion that did not hesitate to provide the first stormy seas of a long journey. In Palma, the crew loaded supplies, on-board equipment and the bulk of the stocks ready for the crossing. Moka was entirely at ease on a friendly sea.

On 21 December, with the weather on her side, Moka set off again, this time for Gibraltar, the gateway to the Mediterranean. Another two days’ sailing covered 450 miles. On the same day she arrived, after refuelling, the crew finally sailed Moka into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The next stop was the Canary Islands. The season was not ideal for taking on this stretch of sea, and Moka ran into the offshoots of a major low-pressure area centred further to the northwest, which loosed its huge rolling waves against the African coast. The predominant cross winds and beam seas did not cause particular concern, however, and the yacht reached Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Christmas Day after 750 miles of sea. This stop in Santa Cruz allowed the tanks to be topped up and the last fresh stocks to be loaded before the big jump. Over 2,700 miles now lay ahead before the next stop on the American continent: Saint Martin, the Antillean island divided into a French and a Dutch half. On 28 December, Moka set sail from Tenerife. The seas were dominated by trade winds and the days passed peacefully thanks to Moka’s extraordinary soundproofing, which meant that the crew did not suffer from the over 2,600 HP of her two Caterpillar engines, nor from noise or vibration from other systems. The wind and the sea sometimes got up, both astern and abeam, but the control and stabilisation systems effectively counteracted the ocean waves. Then on 6 January the captain caught sight of the dark silhouette of Saint Martin on the horizon. Moka had completed her Atlantic crossing smoothly and effortlessly. After a member of the crew had disembarked, on 7 January they set off once more for Florida. There were still 1,100 miles left to go, more than a third of the Atlantic crossing, sailing off the coast of the British and US Virgin Islands and through the channel between Cuba and the Bahamas. On 10 January, Moka finally reached the shores of the stylish city of West Palm Beach. After more than 5,600 miles travelled and a month at sea – including 19 full days of sailing at an average speed of around 12.5 knots – Moka showed no signs of fatigue, and had not suffered damage of any kind. The hull, the deck equipment and all the systems were entirely unaffected by the long journey and the constant motion of the waves.

460 Explorer Moka

Gross tonnage460 GT
Overall length 42,78 m / 140’354’’ ft
Length at waterline38,20 m / 125’328’’ ft
Maximum beam 9,20 m / 30’183’’ ft
Draught at full load 2,50 m / 8’202’’ ft
Displacement at full load 435 t
Guest cabins 5-6
Crew cabins 4
Engines Caterpillar C32 Acert or MTU 8V 4000 M63
Power output 2 x 970 kW (1.319 cv) or 2 x 1.000 kW (1.360 cv)
Maximum speed 15,5 knots
Max range+ 4.000 mn a 11 knots
Fuel 50,000 litres / 13,208 US gallons
Water 8,000 litres / 2,113 US gallons
Hull Steel
Superstructure Aluminium
Hull configurationDisplacement
Exterior Design Francesco Paszkowski
Builder Sanlorenzo S.p.A.

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