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Alloy Yachts 47 Loretta Anne, quality, design and experience

Published in Navis June / July 2013
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Loretta Anne stands out as an accomplishment built by quality materials, innovative designs, and the demands of an experienced yachtsman. Alloy Yachts worked closely with Dubois Naval Architects and Donald Starkey Designs to build a yacht that would match the expectations of an owner who already owns two vessels from Alloy Yachts. Loretta Anne exceeds those demands while managing to express an aesthetic sensibility that looks appropriate all over the world.

Loretta Anne's Specifications

At 47 meters, Loretta Anne is the largest yacht built by Alloy Yachts. Her size became even more complicated because the owner wanted a yacht that could travel through the shallow waters of the Bahamas. That meant a draft of 2.2 meters or less.

Loretta Anne has two AY/American Bow Thrusters that create 140 hp each. One is located at the bow. The other is positioned on the stern. She gets her power from two Caterpillar diesel C32 ACERT engines rated at 1600 hp.

This is enough power for her to reach a maximum speed of 17 knots. She can maintain a cruising speed of 14 knots.

Two Caterpillar C6.6 125kW generators provide electricity to the yacht's systems.
All of this power means that Loretta Anne needs a large fuel tank. She can carry 57,6000 liters (15,216 gallons) of fuel.

She also has a water tank capable of carrying 13,600 liters (3,593 gallons) for long journeys.

Life Inside Loretta Anne

Loretta Anne has all of the modern conveniences that the owner and his guests could possibly want. In addition to spacious areas designed for socializing, she offers a personal gym, well-appointed cabins, and uniquely crafted dining spaces.

Her interior was inspired by the aesthetics of a Bahamas beach house. Light-colored woods and fabrics create an open feeling while dark wood furniture provide stability. One could compare the dark end tables and coffee tables as rocks in a Zen garden. The rest of the room flows around them seamlessly while they provide points of focus and interest.

Floor paneling throughout the inside was inspired by hewn bleached planks. They have a certain roughness that adds texture to the environment. The paneling is just another example of how the designers paid special attention to every detail when building this wonderful yacht.

Other details worthy of mention include stunning shell mosaics, pebbled shoreline carpeting, seagrass paneling, and bedspreads inspired by coral shapes.

The most interesting aspect of Loretta Anne's interior, however, is the fantastical underwater painting commissioned by Vaclav Vaca in Canada. As guests follow a spiral staircase that leads them below sea level they encounter a large painting that wraps along the wall. This painting shows a sea turtle swimming through the ocean amongst numerous fish and plants. Even if Loretta Anne didn't have a noteworthy interior aesthetic, this painting would make her famous.

Enjoying the Ocean Aboard Loretta Anne

Loretta Anne has a remarkable interior, but the owner and his guests don't travel the world just to enjoy the comfort of a well made home. While the interior might offer the kind of luxury that you only find in the world's finest hotels, it's the ocean that makes yachts special.

Loretta Anne has plenty of deck areas that offer remarkable views of the water and surrounding landscapes. A covered deck features abundant seating that the owner's guests can use during parties and other social gatherings. This area also has a dining table that sits eight guests comfortably and a bar that will keep any party going well into the night.

Guests who want to enjoy the sun and water can venture down to a diving deck. The deck has plenty of space for those who want to lounge in the sunlight while watching others frolic in the water. Getting in and out of the water is easy thanks to a ladder that drops into the ocean. No one ever has to struggle to get aboard. It's just a simple climb back to deck.

The owner's guests can also enjoy an outside hot tub positioned behind the bar area. The exposed hot tub is great for relaxing during the day. Combining the warm sun with the swirling water could cause anyone to drift off into sleep. At night, the hot tub becomes a way to escape cool breezes while enjoying a drink or conversing with other guests.

Loretta Anne exceeds the demands of any experienced yacht owner. Her engineering and aesthetics make her both practical and beautiful. Since she rides on top of the water, she always makes a statement when pulling into a harbor.

She is the perfect place for the owner to enjoy life to its fullest while exploring the world in comfort.

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Alloy Yachts

  • What started out as an ambitious project to build a 28m aluminium yacht by a group of New Zealand boat builders in the early 1980s led to the creation of Alloy Yachts just two years later. 

During the 1980s, a 12-13m yacht was considered large by New Zealand standards where the focus was on light displacement, relatively austere, high performance sailing yachts. The use of aluminium for the 28m Chanel (right) and the greater attention to the owner’s desired luxurious finish created a new level of skill and performance amongst the local boat builders involved.
The Chanel project took place on a leased site on the banks of the Henderson Creek in West Auckland, and when completed in 1985, the decision to keep the team together led to the purchase of nearby land and the establishment of Alloy Yachts Ltd. With the next project – the tender launch for the 1987 New Zealand America’s Cup challenge – the foundations for today’s highly-rated aluminium superyacht building team were laid.

Many people involved in those first two projects remain as key members of the Alloy Yachts team, including Tony Hambrook who joined the company as production manager and was asked to take over as managing director in 1990. Through the ‘90s Tony led the team through a period of massive expansion. A series of innovative developments in technology and engineering moved the company up the hierarchy of the world’s superyacht builders. Several yachts mark the advances achieved by the Alloy Yachts team, including the completion of their first yacht over 100ft in length in 1991.
With the first carbon-fibre mast and an efficient fully-battened mainsail, 32.6m Esprit featured the transfer of technology from America’s Cup design into the superyacht cruising domain. Sailing performance on 33.2m Espada was enhanced with pioneering in-boom furling systems. Alloy’s ground-breaking marine power system featured on 33.6m Imagine, allowing the use of any shore power system around the world and for long periods of total quiet onboard. Launched in 1994, 34.75m Corinthian was the first to have a concealed anchoring system.

Website: www.alloyyachts.co.nz/