AGLAIA is a yacht that we know well. She is the second of the Phoenix 77 project, built in the UK for a very experienced owner, and combining great craftsmanship with 21st century technology and of course she comes with those Rob Humphrey’s slippery lines. Her layout provides for crew aft including a crew mess and access to the engine room and galley. Forward are cabins for owners and guests together with a great main saloon and entertaining cockpit. This also has a protective dodger which is well designed and which is perfect for night watches and for extreme heat or cold. She also has a great sailing cockpit aft with direct access from the crew accommodation and a dinghy garage.
For her first owner she was his second Phoenix 77. The structural engineering and hull and deck mouldings were executed by Goss Challenges. She was built using light weight techniques involving the extensive use of Kevlar and carbon laminates. She was then fitted out at Hamble Yacht Services where equipment was positioned for easy service and maintenance having learnt from her earlier sister design to provide a stiffer, lighter, faster yacht, which is easy to maintain. She cruises comfortably at 10 to 12 knots and 250 to 275 nautical mile days are the norm.
After the current owner purchased AGLAIA, she returned to Berthon for a significant refit. It was decided at that time to take AGLAIA back to her component parts and to renew, refinish and totally update. This process has produced what is essentially a 2016 yacht; refit started in 2015 and completed early summer 2016, with all the design and ideas that Rob Humphreys and her first owner developed, yet totally “zero houred” and with the very best of technology, engineering, systems and interior design available today.
The rebuild of AGLAIA took place at Berthon Boat Company and was accomplished over many months. Every system and detail of the yacht was reviewed and updated as needed. The interior was brilliantly reworked with the help of Lola Beuyukian Design to give AGLAIA a comfortable and contemporary feel. Since the refit she has been impeccably maintained.
Below are some of the highlights of this very detailed process:
Please ask us for the video and other material that catalogues this rebuild.
AGLAIA was always an exceptional yacht and she has exceeded her owners’ expectations since delivery. She offers a practical and sea kindly layout and fast, comfortable passage making. The investment that has been made in her means that she is totally ready for serious cruising now. The brief to Berthon was to replace rather than refit any equipment whose reliability they could not guarantee, and this means that there is no further investment now required for her new owner.