Zucchero

Launched in December 2015, this 44 foot custom performance cruising yacht comes from the drawing board of iconic New Zealand designer Ray Beale and is the second Beale boat for these very experienced Auckland-based owners.

The hull is built in strip planked western red cedar with e-glass laminates and epoxy resin either side, the decks and cabin are constructed from a combination of cedar, foam cores and plywood. The bowsprit and built in chainplates utilise carbon reinforcements. The exterior finishing is in Altex Paints products.

The interior layout features two double cabins and a twin cabin with a bunk infill to create a third double berth. The boat has two heads, the forward ensuite includes a good sized shower cubicle. The u-shaped saloon dinette has ample space for five with the opposing settee seating another three. At the aft end of the saloon on the starboard side is the navigation station and chart table, while to port is a spacious u-shaped galley with Force 10 gimballed cooker and custom fridge and freezer units driven by an Isotherm 12V refrigeration system. The engine is mounted centrally under the return of the Hi-Macs galley bench top, with the side panels removing completely to provide clear access for servicing and maintenance.

While the exterior of the vessel is reasonably typical for this design, the interior has some very traditional touches and creates an extremely warm and luxurious environment. All cabinetry is Burmese Teak, while the interior cabin coamings and deck beams are in NZ Kauri. The soles are solid Teak with a Maple inlay around the margin boards and the head liner is semi-gloss painted tongue-and-groove. The deeply buttoned burgundy settee upholstery compliments the timber craftsmanship beautifully.

Powered by a Volvo D2 55hp marine diesel through a sail drive unit and folding propeller, Zucchero also features a Spectra watermaker, B&G electronics and twin wheel Lewmar independent steering system. The keel is a fabricated steel foil-section with a 3,475kg lead bulb, the rudder is foam core frp over a stainless stock. The Southern Spars mast, Liesurefurl boom and Doyle’s sail wardrobe drive the boat extremely efficiently, while sail handling is made easy with electric two-speed Harken winches.

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  • SPECIFICATIONS:

  • LOA: 14m
  • Length on hull: 13.5m
  • Beam: 4.35m
  • Draft: 2.2m
  • Displacement: 10,900kg
  • Fuel: 280L
  • Water: 640L
  • Engine: Volvo D2 55/130S
this boat is beautiful in the water

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