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Summer 2006

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Article by
Angelo Colombo


Mustang Sally's Owner has clear ideas about sailing on board his motoryacht and this led to a very close relationship between himself and the Trinity Yachts yard during the yacht's design and construction phases.


LOA: 47.90 m
Beam: 8.50 m
Maximum draft: 2.15 m
Lightweight displacement: 275 ton
Maximum speed: 22 knots
Cruising speed: 19 knots
Fuel capacity: 63,216 l
Freshwater capacity: 10,220 l
Engine: 2x2.250 HP 3512B Caterpillar
Interior styling: Dee Robinson Interiors.

For further information contact Trinity Yachts, LLC, 13085 Seaway Road, Gulfport, Ms. 39503; tel. (228) 276-1000; fax (228) 276-1001; e-mail; website

Trinity Yachts managers boast a long experience in the construction of custom motor yachts and in the design of special models for they come from companies involved in the production of military vessels and high performance ships. The first yachts signed Trinity Yachts date back to 1988 when the shipyard started its activity. The first model was followed by other three between 1990 and 1995, by other seven between 1996 and 2000 and by other sixteen from the year 2000 onwards. These numbers point out to the scope of Trinity Yachts, but other circumstances as well are witnesses to the yard's capabilities, in particular the existence of several faithful clients who are by now owners of their third, fourth or fifth yacht built by the American yard. One Trinity Yachts Owner, for example, ordered two custom yachts over 100' long and another one is waiting for the launching of his fifth yacht, built in the yard's factory along the Mississippi River. Since 1995 Trinity Yachts has been operating together with Victory Lane Enterprises, a partnership born with the aim of building especially modern motor yachts as regards esthetical solutions and performance. The combination of the know-how resulting from the partnership of the two companies and of their managers effectively led to the construction of vessels capable of appealing even to the most exacting Owners. As regards the operational areas of the yard, these too have been conceived and created to suitably meet the group's needs, that is ample spaces where to build pleasure megayachts with structures capable of supporting design evolution. Among the main features of the Trinity Yachts production there is the choice of materials, almost always aluminum for the hull apart some rare exceptions where steel was preferred. As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, the Owner of Mustang Sally put forward very specific demands on esthetics - such as the choice of color combinations, materials and lighting for the interiors - and technical features. His technical requests included reduced draft to safely sail in shallow waters like the Bahamas, 20-knot or so cruising speed (his preferred), high range and drastic noise and vibration insulation. To solve these requests naval engineers and architects worked together as a team combining the results of each individual project into one accurate research study. In particular, Van Capellen succeeded in reducing noise and vibrations to the minimum in all spaces thus offering greater comfort for guests and crewmembers. Among the special design features of Mustang Sally, we note the very large aft platform, by now a distinctive element of the yard's production and thus an integral part of each model. This feature offers a sort of hospitable private beach at sea level that can be rapidly set up with mobile elements turning it into a sort of living area in a privileged and discreet position. As mentioned above, the Owner put forward specific requests regarding performance and draft and these were met by fitting two 3512B Caterpillar engines in the large engine room and by designing waterlines that allow a reduced maximum draft of 2.15 meters. Hull and superstructures are in aluminum and everything was made to meet the necessary requirements so that the yacht could be classed ABS Maltese Cross, A-1 Yaching Service and be AMS and MCA Compliant. From the esthetical point of view, the yacht's rakish line contributes to a pleasant look notwithstanding the considerable depth of hull and superstructures. The forward part of the yacht, from hull to upper deck, is based on the wide body concept. Interiors were styled combining dark woods with soft-hued cladding. On the lower deck astern there are to port a service area with direct access to the engine room, to starboard the cabin for the crew engineer with private access and double bed. Slightly astern of the amidships area, also accessible from the main deck there is the engine room which includes all main systems. Amidships there are four guest cabins, three with double beds and one with twin beds, all have en suite bathroom and plenty of space for long cruises. The crew quarters lay in the forward part of this deck and include three double cabins with Pullman beds and bathrooms and a large crew dinette with galley and laundry. The main deck features aft an ample open-air dining area accessible from the aft platform through two ladders and also accessible forward, from the main saloon, which in turn is preceded by a bar area and is followed by the dining room. Proceeding forward there are the ample galley, service room and daytime bathroom and fully forward the beam-wide Owner suite which includes an office, a relaxation space and two ample bathrooms, one with shower stall and the other one with whirlpool. The suite is very extensive and also includes walking closets and a vanity. In the upper deck aft there is a large open-air dining area with table and chairs sitting ten, proceeding forward there is a covered relaxation area with bar counter, sofa, arm-chairs, coffee tables, card table and multimedia entertainment systems. On this deck there is the double-bed captain cabin, with separate access and directly connected to the helm station and the captain's office. The helm station is modern with centrally positioned wheel and excellent visibility thanks to its raised position. The systems and plants fitted onboard were conceived for absolute safety during all sorts of ocean crossing. The sundeck is almost exclusively dedicated to open-air relaxation with a dining area, an open-air bar and a sunbathing area with chaise longues and pool. The dinghy and the PWC's are fitted on the sundeck aft; launching and hauling is by means of a suitably sized davit, perfectly integrated in the overall esthetics of the yacht.