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Seriously cool and swift yacht building from Italy

February 28, 2014

The Solaris One 60 is a great looking yacht.  We are listing a 2010 built for a British owner, and called not surprisingly THE ITALIAN JOB. Here is the story of how she was born….

Having owned a number of yachts previously, the owner had very specific requirements for a 60’ -65’ performance cruiser, although was not interested in commissioning a one-off due to lengthy build periods and low residual value.

Italian Job III - Solaris 60

The overall brief not only required a very fast, beautiful and high quality yacht, but one that could genuinely be handled by a husband and wife for cruising the Mediterranean (no skipper) with shallow draft flexibility of 2.4m that would enable access to favourable anchorages, but also have competitive race performance requiring a deep 4.1m draft.

Most semi-production yards did not have the experience or capability to consider a lifting keel option but Solaris in Italy had a 35 year history of building large custom yachts and had recently announced their latest semi-production design by Bill Tripp, the Solaris One 60, with the first two sold off-plan.

Merging Bill Tripps performance design with the high quality and flexibility of Solaris proved a winning formula and the boat was put into build in late 2009 with a one year build period.

To keep the boat light, the hull and deck are laminated using a resin infusion process with an Airex foam core. Major bulkheads 40mm thick in composite, fully laminated directly to the deck and composite reinforcing structure, provide a rigid, quiet and well-insulated yacht.

Full-width chainplates and other high stress locations include carbon fibre for strength.

To achieve the necessary maximum to minimum range on the keel required a custom design and APM were chosen for their unrivalled superyacht experience. A 30mm thick carbon trunk was installed from canoe body to deck head with strength to accommodate high speed grounding. The high aspect steel blade and lead torpedo bulb are raised and lowered by two hydraulic rams, with maintenance access via a removable panel on the coachroof.

With much other equipment requiring push-button functionality to meet the two-handed criteria, a central hydraulic system was developed by Cariboni that could operate everything including the lifting keel. Two hydraulic power packs instead of one were specified to provide safety margin and operate the; lifting keel, in-boom furling, bow thruster, anchor winch and concealed rotating anchor arm, Reckmann code-zero below-deck furler, Reckmann below-deck jib furler, passarelle and the opening transom door to the tender garage.

To maximize performance, weight and stability, a Hall Spars carbon mast was chosen, with a Leisurefurl composite in-boom. All sails are by North and include Marathon 3DL for cruising and 3DL for racing, with various asymmetric downwind sails.

The interior layout was specified with a large open plan main saloon and forward galley, with the owners’ suite forward, a pullman en-suite crew cabin opposite the galley and two double guest suites aft. The result is a relaxing, flexible and contemporary living space.

THE ITALIAN JOB III was delivered to Mallorca in January 2011 and has been cruised and lightly raced mainly locally.  She has offered sparkling sailing and maximum ear to ear grin factor too.   She is maintained to the nth and is looking superb.

For further information and yacht details – THE ITALIAN JOB III


Italian Job III Solaris 60 in MarinaImage of Solaris 60 Italian Job III under sailSolaris 60 SaloonSolaris 60

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