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Back to the future with Colonial Chic

Published on November 16, 2011 by   ·   No Comments

WITH shipyards across the globe delivering endless variations on the super yacht theme – white hull, cinema room, full beam owner’s suite, jacuzzi on the sundeck, helipad, garage full of toys – it’s hugely refreshing to discover what’s being built in an unremarkable shipyard in Bodrum, Turkey.

Although at 40 metres ZanZiba is certainly super yacht- size in length, she is as far from the present mould as possible.

With the very mention of ZanZiba conjuring up images of sultans, spices and white sand beaches, this schooner certainly lives up to her moniker. Defined as a ‘modern classic’, she is crafted in wood, topped with creamy sails and has a suitably colonial interior finished with teak, burr oak and zebrano veneers accented by bronze and nickel fittings to evoke a sense of yesteryear.

Yet, for every nod to the past, ZanZiba compensates with a giant leap into the future in terms of marine and lifestyle technology. As the ZanZiba company says: “She will evoke an earlier age of adventurous Mediterranean and tropical voyaging, but without the accompanying hardships.”

Taking full advantage of the sophisticated techniques being honed in Turkey, ZanZiba’s hull is being built using the cold-moulding process whereby a laminate hull is built-up using thin, resin-infused wood planking. The end result is rigid, with an excellent strength to weight ratio, and requires little maintenance as it’s impenetrable to both marine parasites and resistant to osmosis.

When it comes to gadgetry, ZanZiba is packed with electronic gizmos from the expected air-conditioning and wifi through to CCTV and a full music/movie/TV entertainment system from Lantic – the specialists in integrated systems for luxury Yachts.

Then, to keep her happily underway, the design team have provided for a Navtec rod rigging system, Stratis sails by Doyle that have great performance and durability, hydraulic winches from both Lewmar and Harken as well as comprehensive navigation systems.

Contraptions aside, the team of Naval Architect Alparslan Tekogul, supported by Fairlie Restorations’ Paul Spooner, alongside the people at David Wright Design have put together some superb interior and exterior styling.

Her light and spacious interior has no less than six en-suite guest cabins, the kind of volume you’d expect onboard a motoryacht not a traditionally-styled sailing yacht. This makes for some serious entertaining for a large group of people as well as an attractive proposition for charter. ZanZiba also has crew quarters for eight with their own mess. Atop, the spacious deckhouse has a stunning saloon and covered dining area with impressive views plus plenty of outdoor lounging sofas to soak up the sun and the sight of the sails at work.

ZanZiba is scheduled to launch in autumn of this year and is planned to be the first in a series of such yachts. The owner concludes, “When she is completed, she will undoubtedly stand out as a lifestyle cruising super yacht that combines the best in maritime traditions with modern building techniques and equipment.”

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