By Kim Kavin
The Yacht Insider: New Photos of Kokomo
This 191-foot Alloy is the largest sailing yacht ever built in New Zealand.
Alloy Yachts in December launched its third Kokomo, a 191-footer that is the largest sailing yacht ever built in New Zealand. After several months of sea trials in which she reportedly hit 18 knots while reaching with the genoa in 35 knots of apparent wind, the owner’s construction manager is now calling her “amazingly nimble and swift with the handling one might associate with a yacht one-third her size.”
And her size is impressive in many ways. In addition to being the current pride of Kiwi boatbuilding, Kokomo is the largest Dubois design ever to launch, has the biggest mast ever constructed by Southern Spars, and boasts the biggest sails ever crafted by Doyle Sails. When Kokomo cruises the world, she will have to sail around the Cape of Good Hope as well as Cape Horn because her mast height of 246 feet above the waterline (not including the 16-foot burgee pole!) makes her too tall to transit the Panama or Suez canals.
Kokomo is darn pretty, too, as you can see in the accompanying photographs. Redmon Whiteley Dixon handled interior design, with the owner’s brief calling for modern, but not hard-edged contemporary décor. Redmon Whiteley Dixon got the job because the owner was so pleased with principal Tony Dixon’s work on the previous, 170-foot Kokomo, which, like the new yacht, had project management by Marine Construction Management.
The 170-foot Kokomo chartered for 10 guests at a lowest weekly base rate of €175,000. No rate has yet been announced for the new 191-footer, which takes 12 guests and will welcome “a limited number of well-screened charterers” this summer in the South Pacific. They’ll be able to enjoy such features as a glass-enclosed cockpit with heat or air conditioning for inclement days, an eight-person hot tub, and larger social spaces than on the earlier Kokomo.
“This is without a doubt a yacht that sets the new benchmark by which others will be measured,” said Peter Wilson of MCM.
And with one heck of a measuring tape, for sure.
For more info, visit the Alloy Yachts website.
Editor’s Note: Kim Kavin is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer who specializes in marine travel. She is the author of six books including Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Vacations, is editor of the online yacht vacation magazine www.CharterWave.com, and writes the blog at www.BrokerageBoss.com.
- Kim Kavin is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer who specializes in marine travel. She is the author of six books including Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Vacations, and is editor of the online yacht vacation magazine www.CharterWave.com.