At the beginning of spring last year, in issue 27 of Yacht Première, we presented a preview of the Mondango 3 project, then in the advanced phases of construction. Completed some time ago, the yacht now makes its debut in this issue as a magnificent reality. A few lucky individuals recently had the opportunity to appreciate this stunning yacht to the full in person during her maiden cruise in the South Pacific, with a lengthy tour of Fiji and the archipelago of French Polynesia, flawlessly organised by Burgess. Mondango 3’s Owner has entrusted charter management of the sailing yacht to the latter company, and the vessel will soon be getting ready for a schedule in which she will circumnavigate the globe. Her course includes some of the world’s most exotic locations, with an uninterrupted sequence of destinations over the next two years that begins in the Andaman Sea before sailing along the coast of Malaysia and Thailand to the Indian Ocean – via the Maldives and Mauritius – on the way to Madagascar. After rounding the legendary Cape of Good Hope, the yacht will cross the South Atlantic to Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia, then go up the coast of Brazil. Finally, she will cruise the waters of the Eastern and Western Caribbean, not to mention Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico: from the Panama Canal that cuts the New World in two to the silent desert scrubland surrounding the Gulf of California. However, even before joining the exclusive Burgess Charter Fleet, the brand new Mondango 3 had already completed her first long journey: from the drawing board to delivery. The yacht, with yard number AY 46, reached three key milestones: first plate cut on 18 July 2011, launch on 5 December 2013, and finally delivery on 27 February this year.
All of this took place under the ongoing professional supervision of three key figures: boat captain Andrew Burridge, the Owner’s representative, Godfrey Cray, and yard project coordinator Chris Brown.
At the New Zealand-based shipyard, the kiwis are all hugely satisfied with the yacht, as the yard’s managing director Tony Hambrook explains: “Alloy Yachts is very proud to have built Mondango 3. It is a great compliment to us that her owners chose to return to the yard to build for a second time. As the latest in the fleet of individual custom yachts built by Alloy Yachts, Mondango 3 is a striking sailing yacht that perfectly reflects the vision of her owners.”
The new ketch flybridge was created by Alloy for expert Owners who, after several years and thousands of miles aboard Mondango 2, came back to their favourite shipyard to have a new, larger version built with every possible improvement. At the same time as coming back to Alloy Yachts, the Owners also wanted to entrust the naval architecture and exterior design to Ed Dubois once again. The renowned British designer had this to say about his second collaboration with the Owners:
“I first met the owners in 2005, to discuss the design for the previous Mondango. Hopefully, after a period of extensive cruising, the owners will feel that we have managed to build on this earlier success. To continue my close relationship with these knowledgeable clients, and the wonderfully capable team at Alloy Yachts, has been a great pleasure.” Almost 5 metres longer than her predecessor, the new Mondango is immediately striking for her sleek, elegant design. However, it is not just the aesthetic factor that Ed Dubois finds highly satisfying, describing his awareness of the high level of added value from a technical point of view as compared to the previous vessel: “It has been a great privilege to have been entrusted with the design of the 56.4-metre ketch Mondango 3. She has exceeded my expectations in all respects, which is I think is largely due to the huge experience that the owners were able to share during that design process. Recent sea trials have provided a glimpse of what this truly exceptional ocean-going ketch will be capable of under the command of her seafaring owners.”
As with Mondango 2, specialist companies Southern Spars and North Sails have worked together again to design and create the masts and sails, respectively, for Mondango 3. The hull has a swing lift keel centreboard which reduces the maximum draught from 11 to 4 metres. This makes it possible to achieve high levels of horizontal stability and to reach high speeds in rising winds, but also to enter and anchor in shallow coastal waters. The yacht also features retractable, rotatable bow and stern thrusters, allowing multi-directional movement during manoeuvring. However, although the naval design placed great emphasis on high performance on the water, together with complete stability and safety in navigation, the overall design was primarily focused on comfortable long range cruising, to offer the ultimate seagoing experience through a flawless combination of versatile space and luxurious style.
All the large external areas are carefully maximised and optimised for enjoyable sailing and outdoor living. For example, the flybridge offers an alfresco dining area that is perfect for relaxing in total privacy while at anchor, as an alternative to the open air dining area
in the aft deck cockpit. Meanwhile, the latter can be protected with glass panels that can be lowered or raised as necessary to ensure that the diners are protected from the wind during navigation.
A spa pool is conveniently located in the aft section, ingeniously concealed in the deck; similarly, the two tenders are stowed out of sight beneath the foredeck, in twin sub-deck wells.
On water access is provided by the transom, which folds down to create a swimming platform, and alternatively by the side boarding platform pocketed into the hull which serves as a tender dock. Inside the yacht, excellent use of space means that every area has been carefully designed for the most exclusive hospitality and top-level entertainment, whether in charter or private use. The focal point of the social spaces is the imposing salon, located amidships on the main deck, which is illuminated with copious natural light and harmoniously subdivided into a living area and a dining area by a floor-to-ceiling wall.
The living area has a 103” TV screen, while the dining area includes a display niche holding a valuable ancient oriental artwork. The single point of access to the private spaces is an impressive hallway on the lower deck, which can be reached via a spectacular staircase that provides coordinated access to the night accommodation. This comprises five staterooms, each with a pale marble en suite bathroom: one master stateroom, one VIP stateroom, one guest stateroom with a queen-size bed and two guest staterooms with twin beds. Sophisticated furnishings and refined decoration played a key role in the luxurious beauty of the interiors, skilfully created by the professional duo of Reymond Langton Design.
After the interiors developed for Mondango 2, this is the second consecutive occasion when the famed pair of yacht designers has worked with the same owners, as Pascale Reymond explains: “The design of Mondango 3 builds on the successful relationships and themes forged during the construction of the client’s previous sail boat. The original layout is re-imagined with many elements carried over into the new design – the dramatic radial pattern of the floor and ceiling in the salon, the combination of oak and leather are familiar, but in a lighter, refreshing character that goes hand in hand with an organic and sweeping architecture, that adds both beauty and soft-edged practicality to a sailing boat that will be used for extensive open water cruising.”
Through Reymond Langton’s design sensibilities, the very concept of navigation on a sailing super yacht achieves an unexpected new level here, tangibly expressed through a style that is contemporary yet magically suspended in a timeless atmosphere, suffused with refined eclecticism. It is almost like a personal signature of the charming Pascale Reymond herself, an expert in archaeology who comments on the choices made for the materials and various finishes as follows: “The main feature wood, oak, now in a brighter, bleached finish, is combined with delicate palm wood inlays, and contrasts with the rich ziracote furniture. Leather is very prominent throughout the yacht; bespoke textured taupe leather accents the main architecture, dramatic carved leather artwork panels by Silverlining are a bold highlight of the salon and intricate stitching on the main balustrade emphasises the attention to detail found throughout.” In addition to the refined details of the finishes and the main materials, which include selected varieties of marble and onyx, the bright touches of coloured glass also catch the eye, more importantly along with the bold colour contrasts, as Reymond explains: “Colour adds the finishing touch, the guest suites are carefully coordinated to give each one its own identity; striking, full-height backlit glass art panels by DKT feature in the salon and lobbies, whilst the arced, overlapping wall panels of the owner’s suite, with a bespoke Based Upon finish, create eye-catching lighting features.”
The fittings are serene, airy and light throughout the yacht, but each has its own individual character to create original, unique interiors, emphasising their complete exclusivity. As a result of her extraordinary stand-out technical and aesthetic characteristics, it is not at all far-fetched to say that Mondango 3 is destined to become one of the most sought-after vessels on the charter market. However, it is also easy enough to predict that, further into the future, she will also be a highly desirable property on the market for the most prestigious pre-owned yachts, as has always been the case with Alloy’s motor and sailing yachts.
Photos by Chris Lewis
Mondango 3 Technical Specification
|AY project number||AY46|
|LOA||56.4 m / 185’03’’ ft|
|LWL||50.2 m / 164’70’’ ft|
|Beam (max)||11 m / 36’ ft|
|Draft||4 m / 13’12’’ ft|
|Draft (Centreboard down)||11 m / 37’ ft|
|Displacement (design)||525 Tonnes|
|Fixed ballast||122 Tonnes|
|Speed - max||15 knots (motoring) 16 knots+ (sailing)|
|Speed - cruise||12 knots (motoring)|
|Range under motor||4500+ Nm at 10 knots|
|Guest accomodation||11 Guests in 5 cabins (3 Double cabins, 2 twin cabins 1 with a pullman berth) with 5 ensuites
|Crew accomodation||10 Crew in 6 cabins with 6 ensuites|
|Primary finish materials||Ziricote, Roasted Oak, Palmwood, Bleached Oak, Elm, leather, marble, onyx
|Main engine||Caterpillar C32, A Cert, ‘C’ rated 1450hp @ 2300 rpm|
|Gear box(s)||ZF 3310 @ 4.47:1|
|Propeller(s)||Hundested VP10 FR-HP, ø1600mm Propellers|
|Bow / stern thrusters||ø28” 150 HP TRAC thrusters on custom Alloy Yachts retracting units, incorporating 45° & 90° rotation to allow ahead/astern or athwart ships thrust
|Sail areas||Main 495 m2
Mizzen 372 m2
Genoa 759 m2
Blade 455 m2
Staysail 178 m2
Mizzen staysail 407 m2
Gennaker 1350 m2
|Water makers||2 x HEM|
|Water maker capacity||2 x 15000 litres per day|
|Water filtration/sterilisation||HEM silver ionisation steriliser|
|Air conditioning system/capacity||480,000 BTU/hr|
|Waste treatment system||Technicomar|
|Flag State||Cayman Islands|
|Port of Registration||George Town|
|Classification Society||Lloyds Register of Shipping|
|Classification||✠ 100 A1 SSC YACHT MONO G6 MCH UMS & LY2|
|Charter||Burgess as Central Agents|
|Project Coordinator||Chris Brown|
|Designer/Naval architect||Dubois Naval Architecture|
|Interior Designer||Reymond Langton Design|