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January 2004

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The English boatyard DML was set up in 1961 as a support structure for the marine activities of the British Navy. In 1987 its name was changed from DML to its current one of Devonport, a decision in line with a company development programme that included expansion of their interests in the military sector to the civil and private one. Since 1987 the boatyard has undergone an important development thanks to its commercial business, covering design and production of pleasure boats like the one illustrated, the Devonport 76 metres. At present the boatyard provides maintenance and refitting for the British naval fleet, also participating in ambitious projects such as the modernisation of English nuclear submarines. Devonport's structures are in line with their daily projects and tasks, for example no fewer than 11 dry and 5 floating docks, five km of work quays deep enough for any boat, all surrounded by backup workshops, laboratories and companies capable of working on any system or structure. Devonport can therefore design, produce, test and develop any kind of boats, from the most complex military ones to pleasure boats. The Devonport 76 metres is a boat characterised by an original aesthetic profile and five deck design, where the second upper deck houses a fly bridge big enough for a helicopter. Design is to MCA standards for up to 12 passengers, 20 crew members and four members of the owner's personal staff. On the main deck and on the first upper deck, where lots of space is dedicated to relaxation, there is also a large gym with sauna and the cabins for the owner and his guests. On the upper deck there is a heated pool and each deck is linked to the next by two lifts, one for the owner and guests and a service one The main and upper decks both have spacious lounges with ceilings at least three metres high, and the owner's study and office which have been specially designed to offer all necessary comforts for management activities, including a high speed communications and data transmission system capable of operating all over the world. The owner's suite is in the bows of the main deck with windows all round three sides as well as every single comfort possible for even the longest periods spent at sea. Guests have seven double and two single cabins at their disposal. Spaces in the open on the Devonport 76 m are very flexible in use, from areas dedicated to intimate dinners to those created for large parties, from the sun deck to entertainment areas. The lower deck is completely dedicated to the service areas and houses the engine room, a control room for the on board systems, storerooms equipped with refrigerating and heating systems and humidity control to store enough provisions for 40 people on very long cruises. On this deck there are also the quarters and other rooms dedicated to the crew. The Devonport 76 has room for various auxiliary means including a helicopter, a 43' tender, two 25' tenders, a rescue boat and a 3,000 kg davit for manoeuvring a mini-submarine.

For further details please contact: Devonport Yachts - Devonport Royal Dockyard; Plymouth PL1 4SG United Kingdom; tel. +44 1752 323311; fax +44 1752 323247; website; e-mail

Overall length 76.00 m
Waterline length: 69.00 m
Maximum beam: 13.00 m
Maximum draught: 3.4 m
Maximum speed: 17 knots
Cruising speed: 12 knots- Fuel tank capacity: 200,000 litres
Water tank capacity: 80,000 litres
Motorization: 2x2,448 HP Diesel Electric.