Red Dragon

by Alloy Yachts, Dubois Naval Architects and Wilmotte & Associates

For the sake of sea, for the sake of art. New Zealand has an outstanding tradition of boat-building, and Alloy Yachts is the perfect representative of this tradition, creating splendid examples of the art such as the Red Dragon, which its Owners consider a true work of contemporary art, an extraordinary creation to be included in their private collections for the sake of harmony. The stupendous Red Dragon is the 24th sailing yacht to come out of Alloy Yachts International of New Zealand, and its fourth vessel over 50 metres; it is the 16th to be designed by the British studios of Dubois Naval Architects. Construction began in March 2006 and was completed with delivery to the Owners in February 2007.
In terms of overall design, the sloop Red Dragon is the sister ship of the sloop Kokomo, which Alloy Yachts launched in July 2006, but it is also the sister ship of the ketch Mondango, due to be launched this year, described in a lengthy article published last year in issue number 5 of Yacht Première.
The three grandiose 170-foot sister ships share the same aluminium construction with naval architecture and exterior styling by Dubois Naval Architects; yet there are significant differences in the sail plan, the design of the deck house and the layout of the interiors. Wilmotte & Associates are responsible for the interior styling of the Red Dragon, while Redman Whiteley Dixon Design designed the interiors of Kokomo and Raymond Langton Design those of Mondango.
The design of the three state-of-the-art vessels benefited from the designers’ and the shipyard’s extensive and intensive experience with yachts of this size, including Salperton, Tiara. Salperton and Tiara placed first and second respectively in the Rolex Trans Atlantic Race in 2005, a tough course presenting numerous perils and difficulties that also required the capacity to face strong gales. The double victory in this severe competition underlines Ed Dubois’ and Alloy Yachts’ skill and ability in designing and building boats of this kind, representing Red Dragon’s pedigree in terms of aptitude for transoceanic voyages and safety, seaworthiness and top performance, but also in terms of layout, with an emphasis on comfort at sea.
This is why the Red Dragon is technically the evolution of a successful theme; it perfectly incorporates the ideas that the Owners, people with their feet on the ground who are conscious of both design and decoration, contributed to the exclusive aesthetic value of their new yacht. The Red Dragon was designed for a pair of Owners who already had a 140-foot sloop built by a European shipyard to a design by Dubois Naval Architects, launched in 2001 for the previous Owner under the name African Queen. Very satisfied with the boat, which they renamed the Red Dragon, they decided to build a bigger and more powerful Red Dragon with a greater range that would make it self-sufficient at sea on long, non-stop voyages.
The Owners, Guy and Myriam Ullens, intend to pass at least three months a year aboard their yacht. This is why the new yacht had to meet the strictest requirements for a vessel to be sailed on all the world’s oceans, staying within the dimensional limits permitting it to travel through the Panama and Suez canals, but large in terms of both size and performance, with big enough tanks to cross the Pacific without stopping. Their positive experience with their previous yacht led the Ullens to appoint Ed Dubois to design their new yacht, with interiors by Jean Michel Wilmotte, commissioning
Alloy Yachts to build it. The Owners’ intention was that the Red Dragon should offer an outstanding place to receive and entertain family and friends, offering the perfect setting for meetings focusing on art and for conducting business negotiations: a splendid opportunity to combine business with pleasure. The Owners have an intense lifestyle and wanted a boat that would have a major impact on everything they do, but they particularly wanted a place to get away from it all, a place that would add a profoundly human dimension to their relationships and their plans, focusing on the decisions they repeatedly find themselves making in their lives. [...]

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