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September 2004

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The historic Italian boatyard CCYD, once based in Venice, has recently been brought back to the height of its power in Miami, Florida by Cristina Padoan, daughter of the original owner. In confirmation of the desire to re-launch the CCYD yard the new management will be presenting, at the Monaco Yacht Show in Monte Carlo, a 50 metre ketch designed by famous architect Ron Holland. It's a modern yacht in light yet tough materials: aluminium for the hull and composites for the superstructures. The deck gear is on the same wavelength with the masts in aluminium and the booms in carbon fibre. Clearly, since this is a yacht in line with modern owners' trends, the deck is designed for sailing with a minimum crew. Again with regard to the technical solutions for this yacht we mention the drop-keel which can be lowered to a depth of 9.5 metres maximum thus considerably reducing heeling on a reach and, most importantly, can be retracted to only 4 metres in order to easily negotiate roadsteads and enter most ports. As for the layout, the main deck has a relaxation area aft with facing sofas and double steering station for ideal visualisation of the sail plan on all points of sailing. There's an outdoor dining area in the cockpit and a spacious pilothouse. The lower deck houses the owner's suite, a VIP suite and four guest cabins. The crew has four cabins to sleep eight. On the same deck are the saloon, which is a relaxation area, and the dining room. Right at the stern there is a capacious hangar for the two 15 foot tenders. Sailing performance is guaranteed by a sail area of 13.000 square metres while the engine ensures optimal manoeuvrability and performances appropriate to the type of vessel.

For further information: CCYD, 1717 North Bayshore Drive, Suite 3545, Miami, Florida 33132; tel. 305 374 4393; website; e-mail

LOA: 50 metres
Length on waterline: 42 metres - Beam: 10.10 metres
Draft with drop-keel retracted: 4 metres
Draft with drop-keel lowered: 9.5 metres - Displacement: 400.000 kilos
Sail area: 1.300 square metres
Auxiliary engine: 1.400 HP Caterpillar.