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Third Generation Llaüt is Star of Marina Estrella Roadshow

Published on August 14, 2012 by   ·   No Comments

Leading Spanish yacht distributor and broker, Marina Estrella, is midway through its summer “Roadshow” taking a mini armada of sail and motoryachts from its portfolio around some of Spain’s leading ports.  Amongst the sleek modern Azimuts, Cobalts, Maestros, Hanses and Apreamares emerged a surprising star – Minorchino’s Sasga 42.

A third generation “llaüt” (a traditional trawl fishing vessel of the Balearic Islands that first appeared in the Mediterranean around the 12th century) the Sasga 42 has a deep-rooted legacy derived from 30 years of Minorchino yacht building.  Craftsmen have taken inspiration from the traditional fishing form to design a modern yacht with high levels of comfort and navigational technology.

With classical lines and therefore a timeless image, the designers behind Sasga 42 have paid particular attention to interior volumes.  The master cabin in the bow has a walk around two metre by one and a half metre bed, with storage below, alongside a bathroom with separate shower compartment.  Meanwhile the guest cabin has twin beds, roomy wardrobes and an additional toilet with shower for use by guests and crew alike.  A u-shaped kitchen, accessed from the helm, is contemporary in design, fully equipped and immaculately crafted whilst a dinette and living area complete the inside experience.  Outside there is an oversized rear deck entertainment space and bathing platform, wide side decks and plenty of sunbathing cushions to the fore.

Peter Franklin, Director of The Islander Magazine, part of, took the Sasga 42 out for a sea trial.  “Quite simply you will either be a ’slow cruiser’ or the type of boater who wants to be up on the plane and leaving a big wake astern getting to the next marina in a hurry.  So no comparison or conflict here between the Sasga Minorchino 42 and a similar size Azimut cruiser, it’s just a matter of personality and preference.”

Peter continues, “Having said that, the first noticeable thing on the sea trial was that this particular ‘slow cruiser’ is no slouch when the throttles are pushed forward.  The response of the twin props to the increased revs is quite rapid and, before you know it, the boat has her head up and cruising at a respectable 19 knots.  With another nudge of the throttles she’s topping out at 23 knots.  Not bad at all for a robustly constructed displacement boat powered by a couple of 315 hp Volvo diesels with a consumption of around 40 litres of fuel an hour at cruising speed.”

“We had been looking forward to testing the Sasga 42 in a bit of chop but we only managed to find about half metre waves at best – or worst, depending on your view – in the bay off Puerto Portals.  Nonetheless the indications were that the Minorchino would be happy and relatively comfortable with a lot more swell.  The trim tabs seemed very responsive and easily pushed her bow down when punching upwind, keeping the pitching motion to a minimum.”

“As for the interior of the boat, the workmanship and fit out is first class as you would expect from the shipyard in Mahon which is renowned for the skills of its tradesmen.  With cherry wood as the chosen material on this boat, and lots of light coming through the twin glass roof hatches into the saloon, the designers have managed to combine a traditional looking interior with a slightly more modern brightness than is usually seen on boats of this type.”

The fully-spec’d model sea trialled by Peter Franklin, including twin Volvo 315hps, GPS/chart plotter, auto pilot, VHF, hydraulic passerelle, teak decking etc, was priced at 425,640 euros.

Having already covered Denia on the Costa Blanca and Mallorca’s Puerto Portals, the Marina Estrella Roadshow moves to Catalunya’s Empuriabrava, one of the largest marina’s in the world with 5,000 berths, from 6 to 20 August, down to S’Agaró from 22 to 24 August and finishes up at Marina Estrella HQ, Masnou, some 20km north of Barcelona, at the end of the summer.  For more information visit

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