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Alloy Yachts’ 44m IMAGINE, beauty and technology

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As yacht owners gain more experience, they often find that they want customized boats that match their unique needs. This always presents extra challenges for shipyards and naval architects because they have to develop new approaches to meeting client demands. That often means creating new technology or finding new ways to implement existing technology.

Imagine, by Allow Yachts, is a great example of a boat that pushed its builder to make bold, innovative approaches. The owner already owned one vessel from Alloy Yachts. He obviously enjoyed his first yacht, but he wanted something with a purer form and function. Alloy Yachts took that challenge. The result is a beautiful sailing yacht that can travel in shallow and deep waters while giving the owner and his guests access to the latest technology. 

Specifications for Imagine 

Greg Yeo, the project manager for Imagine, brought together some of the most talented people in the industry to make Imagine an excellent sailing yacht. Dubois Naval Architects Ltd worked with the shipyard to build a 40-meter yacht with a 9.38-meter beam and a 4.35-meter draft.

The rig consists of parts from Southern Spars. This is the first time that Alloy Yachts has used a continuous EC6 hybrid rigging system with a split continuous backstay on a superyacht. To make Imagine even more adept at sailing the open waters, Allow Yachts included a 38.3-meter mast and an 18-6-meter hybrid furl boom.

Imagine has a centerboard that can draw either 4.35 meters, when raised, or 6.- meters when lowered. Unlike most systems, which rely on the centerboard's weight to push it down, Imagine uses hydraulics that lift and lower the centerboard. To make the system as simple as possible, Alloy Yachts found ways to avoid fixed worm drives and underwater hydraulics.

At times, Imagine may encounter weather conditions that make it impossible to sail safely. Alloy Yachts has included state-of-the-art technology so the owner can continue traveling even when winds do not cooperate. She has a Caterpillar C18 ACERT "D" that churns out 872 horsepower. She also has two 67kW Northern Lights generators and two 90 horsepower TRAC thrusters.

Imagine has an 11-knot cruise speed. At cruising speed, she can travel up to 4000 nautical miles. If needed, though, she can max out her speed at 16.8 knots. Racing along at that speed, however, drains her 22,000-liter (3,170-gallon) fuel tank much more rapidly.

Imagine comes equipped with a water tank that can hold 9,200 liters (2,430 gallons) and two HEM 25/1400 water makers that produce a combine 10,000 liters (2,641 gallons) per day.

Inside Imagine

The owner wanted the latest technology throughout his new boat. Alloy Yachts took that demand to its extreme by including state-of-the-art tech inside as well as outside of Imagine.

Inside, guests will find that they can use a Kaleidoscope entertainment system to access everything from movies to night vision cameras mounted on the mast. Imagine also has several satellite communication systems that keep the owner and his guests connected to the rest of the world no matter how far they choose to travel.

Since the owner is an avid photographer, Imagine has high-tech color printers. These printers work so well that the owner can use them to print photographs clear and beautiful enough to hang on the wall.

Not everything aboard Imagine has to do with technology. Alloy Yachts has enough experience to know that comfort and aesthetics can make any boat a more attractive way to travel. The interior design team used light oak throughout the rooms. Pairing this light wood with satin finished hardware creates a unique look that lets rooms harmonize with each other.

Some of the interiors best rooms include the entertainment area, where guests can enjoy movies streamed from the boat's hard drive while they relax in comfortable chairs and a large dining room located in the lower saloon. 

Enjoying Imagine's Exterior Decks

Imagine has so many luxurious features that no one could restrain them below deck. The foredeck features a spa pool where guests can relax in warm, circulating waters as they watch the world pass. Those who prefer a little more adventure can use the sport fishing chair on the aft deck. The chair gives guests an advantage when struggling against the weight and power of large fish.

Guests will also find sun pads, tables, and comfortable chairs above deck. These features make it possible for the owner and his guests to enjoy practically any activity, whether that means lounging in the sun on a lazy day or competing in a high-speed race against other well-appointed sailing yachts.

Alloy Yachts always produces excellent boats for its clients. Imagine, however, has some special features that make it a unique fit for its particular owner. It has plenty of sailing power, technology, and luxurious comfort to meet the demands of a yachtsman who knows exactly what he wants from a premium vessel.

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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/

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