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Meet the Alloy Mondango 170'

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In the early 1980s, a group of dreamers from New Zealand tenaciously initiated a project aimed at building a 38-meter aluminum yacht. When vessels half as long were considered large according to existing standards, when the focus was placed mostly on austere, light displacement sailing yachts, these brave men resolved to build an unprecedented megalith named Chanel. Two years after such anachronistic determination, Alloy Yachts was established. The project was developed on a leased site on the banks of Henderson Creek, in west Auckland. The work team remained close and, some time later, bought a neighboring plot of land where their chimera would be created. Starting from scratch, the rising empire of Alloy Yachts Ltd achieved glory.

Many of the people involved in that project are still members of the Alloy team, such as Tony Hambrook, who has been the company director since 1990. During that decade, Tony led a process of technological and manufacturing growth which turned the company into one of the world-wide leading yachtbuilders. What was the key to their success? They were pioneers in several aspects related to naval architecture, such as building a yacht over 30 meters in length, planning the first concealed anchoring system, using carbon fiber masts, among others. A great deal of records for those times, which derived in prestigious prizes, such as the ShowBoats International best interior award granted to Atlanta in 1996, due to her original cherrywood finishing.

alloy170IntIn the following decade, the avant-garde vision of Alloy strengthened its position, especially last year, when the impressive ketch Mondango was launched, with almost 52 meters in length. This yacht was crowned with another ground-breaking achievement by Alloy: an exotic curved glass window in the aft cockpit, which just by pushing a button, displays or conceals the immensity behind the sweep of glass. An unprecedented circular design, created by the brilliant minds of Dubois Naval Architects, provides the perfect scenario for an unforgettable dinner in the rolling waves of the ocean.

When it comes to the outer appearance of this sailing yacht built in Auckland, the Marten Spar carbon fiber masts rise mimetically over the elegant white and blue combination of the hull. In turn, the inimitable sails of North Sails fly with the wind, with their 26 winches created by the steady hands of Alloy Yacht. In the interior, thanks to Reymond Langton’s meticulous work, the wool and silk carpets as well as the oak and macassar ebony joinery create a deliberately contemporaneous style.

With the award received this year for the “best sailing yacht over 45 meters” in the prestigious ShowBoats International ceremony, Alloy Yachts won its 24th award in the 24 years since its creation, thanks to Mondango, the 5th yacht over 50 meters in the yacht-building company, equipped to accommodate 10 passengers and 10 crew members. These may be just random numbers foreboding perfection, or a string of mere coincidences happening on a sailing yacht that lies peacefully in some port of the Cayman Islands.

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  • 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.

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