Semi-custom yacht building is not always successful because of the challenges of planning prior to build in terms of usability, performance and systems. LA LUNA has delivered on the brief given to designer Bill Dixon to provide a fast, capable and easily handled world cruising yacht. Her signature is the spacious deck saloon and flush deck forwards, together with a carbon spar and easy to use in-boom furling. It was key for the owner that she had really good accommodation and this was delivered with a galley and eating area forward and superb crew quarter forward of this. Aft of the deck saloon which also houses a good navigation station, a vast owners’ cabin, excellent VIP double with en-suite and a large upper and lower berth cabin. The engine room is accessed from the corridor leading aft to guest and owner accommodation. Reducing sound was also a key part of the design brief and this has been accomplished by effectively soundproofing the interior accommodation and engine room.
The owners’ representative was at King Marine for much of the build and the detailing of joinery and systems is superb. There are many lovely additional features that only become apparent during a detailed inspection.
The cockpit offers good access for control of the yacht under sail as well as being a great entertaining space with a central cockpit with fridge for alfresco entertaining either at sea or at rest. With her flush hatches and clear decks, the decks are both easy to work and also look fresh and contemporary.
The construction of LA LUNA is carefully executed and high tech, making her light, yet very strong and her Hall carbon Spar is light and the in-boom furling completes the picture with the weight in the right place.
She has been in the same ownership since build. She has been used for private use and has sailed fast and safely, crossing oceans without fuss. She has always been stored when not in use in a totally decommissioned state to ensure that the systems and structure are properly preserved, and her overall cover has been put to good use.
LA LUNA sailed from Buenos Aires to Palma via Rio and then through the Caribbean, She then cruised the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. In 2010/11 she sailed to the Caribbean and back. On the return she made passage from Antigua to Palma in only 19 days which included several days when there was no wind. She was laid up in 2012 and 2013 and was used only lightly in 2014. In 2015 she left Northern Europe for the Mediterranean, then did the winter season in Antigua & BVIs. She has been based in the Western Mediterranean since then being used for relaxing family use. When not in use she was stored ashore.
LA LUNA’s interior was refreshed in 2016 and she is now offered fresh from a small refit carried out by Berthon Spain’s service department in early 2019. Work has included a full engine service and exhaust replacement, generator service with the fitting of a new heat exchanger, full winch service, refurbishment of the hydraulics, refit of her fuel tanks and a refresh of her dinghy. The steering has also has a service. She has been detailed inside and out including new Oceanair blinds and she is now ready for more reliable, fast and comfortable sailing with her new owner.