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May 2004

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On the 10th of March last year the New Zealand boatyard Alloy Yachts launched "Tiara", a modern 54 metre sloop and the largest yacht ever produced in New Zealand. "Tiara" was designed by the Ed Dubois studio, which developed a hull capable of offering fast yet comfortable sailing. This sloop is developed over two decks plus a pilot house and flying bridge. Interior design by the John Munford studio features elegant rooms finished with flashed mahogany panels, Vavona walnut and Honduras mahogany. The sleeping zone is on the lower deck with the spacious owner's suite amidships, leading directly to the private ante-room and office, this too private, located on the main deck. The area astern on the lower deck houses the guestrooms. This area is divided up into four cabins, of which two have twin beds and two are VIP suites. The two twin cabins can be converted into doubles while the VIP suites can be transformed into one large comfortable room by simply sliding a dividing wall. When opened up into a single room one of the double beds can be turned into a comfortable sofa. All the cabins have private ensuite bathrooms with details in onyx. In the bows on the same deck there are the crew's quarters, finished with cherry wood panels, offering six cabins with a total of ten beds, all equipped with private bathroom. The main deck, as well as housing the owner's private quarters, also has a large saloon for relaxation and an area for lunches and dinners seating up to twelve. On each side of the yacht there are lobbies giving access to the pilothouse and flying bridge, this too equipped with steering controls and cutting edge instrumentation, the latter set into new control panels designed by Alloy Yachts. Astern there is a garage with electric-hydraulic hatch for storing the tender. The hatch can be lowered to below sea level to make launching and heaving aboard easier. The sloop fittings include a Southern Spars carbon mast and a North Sails spectra carbon spanker. The sailing power behind "Tiara" is guaranteed by 2,500 sq./m sail surface aloft. Deck equipment includes new vertical winches in stainless steel by the same boatyard, mounted for the first time on "Tiara". To ensure correct stability during sailing and the possibility of sailing in shallow water, the yard has equipped its yacht with a mobile keel, 8 metres long when fully extended and 5.2 metres when lifted. Alloy Yachts will be presenting "Tiara" ads a preview at the upcoming Munich boat show.

For further information: Alloy Yachts; PO Box 21480 Henderson; Auckland (NZL); tel. +64 9 838 7350; fax +64 9 838 7393; website; e mail

Overall length 54.2 m
Maximum beam: 11.00 m
Maximum draft: 8.00 m
Minimum draft: 5.20 m
Displacement: 437,000 kg
Motorization: 1,400 HP Caterpillar 3412E
Sail surface (Spanker, Staysail, Gennaker): 2,500 sq./m