From a German Frers’ design Maxi Dolphin 118’ is the buttonhole of Maxi Dolphin’s new production line now ranging from 65’ up to 118’ for semi-custom boat series. The boat was realized by the Erbusco’s Boatyard “by itself” and made its “entry into society” on the occasion of the Rolex Cup at Portocervo 2001, with Gigio Russo at the helm and Vittorio Mariani as tactician, and was admired immediately after at the races in Saint Tropez, too. After an exhaustive test series, of which the above mentioned races were an integral and of prime importance part, the boat was finally put on the market.
Constructed with composite material, 36 metres length overall for 8 metres with maximum beam, Maxi Dolphin 118’ has a sloop rig with mast and boom in Carbon fibre by Southern Spars from New Zealand, deck gear and winches by Harken and sails by North Sails Italia.
The sail plan and the entire rigging have been designed to make handling the yacht as easy as possible; and a crew of four is really sufficient to comfortably sail it on a cruise. The bulb sliding fin is mobile and can be adjusted to obtain a maximum draft of 5.50 metres during the sailing and a minimum of 3.50 metres when sailing in shallow waters. Besides the 550 hp main engine Maxi Dolphin 118’ uses also a 130 hp auxiliary engine which supplies power to the hydraulic circuit that handles the fin piston, the sail plan rigging and the stern hatch; to the auxiliary engine is driven the bow propeller, which can be used both to help manoeuvring and to provide extra thrust, if necessary, when under power.
The very modern and stylish interiors have been designed by Maxi Dolphin and are based on maximum simplicity. The light coloured wood – maple and pear – makes the interior full of light and brings a pleasant contrast with the on sight construction details in Carbon fibre. The interior compartmentation is centred on a forward sleeping area – including the large owner’s cabin with its annexed studio, two guest double cabins and one guest cabin with three beds – and on a living area in the middle of the yacht, composed by a large saloon taken up in the deck-house, leading to the dining room located towards stern on the starboard side. The crew’s quarters, two cabins and a bathroom, are located in the stern area.