Santa Maria 183

by Perini Navi and Ron Holland

Santa Maria is the second of the Perini Navi 56 metres series (the first born is Burrasca) designed by Perini Navi Design Dept (headed by Franco Romani) and Ron Holland. An impressive aluminium hull with a 58-metre main mast and a 48-metre mizzenmast that can carry 1,500 sq. metres of sails for a top speed of 15 knots provides the kind of performance that has enabled Santa Maria to excel in regattas such as the Perini Navi Cup 2004. The sail plan control system is based on 13 electronically controlled electric captive reel winches, custom-designed by the shipyard, which are one of the revolutionary features initiated by Perini Navi. The keel weighs 30t and at the bottom of the lower deck there is a base weight of 50t. The keel can be raised and lowered to ensure optimum navigability in all conditions. A special system has been designed to conceal the two front anchors. The 432 square metres of living space and a 128-square-meter stern trap add a truly distinctive element to this ketch.
Santa Maria is noteworthy for its combination of technological details and classic interiors, endowing it with a look that will not easily go out of fashion, thus guaranteeing the Santa Maria’s lasting value.
Another salient feature is the partition of the craft into three levels, a solution made possible by the creation of an ample superstructure that offers generous living space. The sleeping quarters are located on the lower deck, whilst the living quarters are on the main deck. A well furnished, protected flying bridge with double sailing control panels are the direct consequences of this. As a result, the cockpit is apparently free of technology (although there is a hidden screen with cinema audio), and this area is intended for use as an exterior space for guests whether while sailing, in port or at anchor in an inlet. The main hall is distinguished by a precise, rigorous style. Natural lighting comes in from the wide superstructure’s side windows.
Antique paintings, cherry wood and light-coloured couches combine to create pleasant contrasts, while skilfully laid out scenic openings lead towards other leisure areas: here the television set is lodged behind a sliding panel. The attractive interior dining area boasts a dining table placed astern and is equipped with padded chairs and walls in a soothing shade of blue that create a quiet, contemplative atmosphere.
Those who wish to enjoy sailing in peace or simply desire a bit of solitude may take advantage of the ample stern area, made even more enjoyable due to the fact that the 21’ tender is out of sight, encased in its lodging. Crew quarters are, as tradition commands, astern, and the large swimming platform obtained from broadside is among the most interesting design features. Back in the sleeping areas, the Owner’s suite consists of a roomy cabin with central bed, suffused lighting, reading lamps, and a chat area. In addition, it is connected with a “his and hers” bathroom as well as two wardrobe cabinets. Light-coloured flooring, bedclothes and cushions in fine fabrics, and wall coverings made of precious woods are skilfully combined with paintings and a few well-chosen decorations. The four guest cabins are identical and come furnished with double or twin beds-the latter are also equipped with additional pullman bunk beds. In addition to the guest cabin, the unusual presence of a roomy cabin for the nanny (on the Burrasca) is here replaced by a gymnasium with its own bathroom. [...]

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