Elegant




Brochure
MARI-CHA III is a Super Yacht of distinction aboard which her owner can cruise comfortably as well as entertaining his guests in style and luxury. She will turn heads at any anchorage with her sleek hull and huge ketch rig, which also confers enormous benefits in terms of speed, weight to sail area ratio and efficiency.

During the period preceding the construction, the interior designer John Munford produced his first drawings and sketches in a luxurious Edwardian style, sublime decor whilst Philippe Briand began his preliminary research to develop this amazing yacht.One of the main objectives was to conceive and build MARI-CHA III as light and stiff as possible, without compromising the safety aspects. Use of the latest technology was the only way to succeed in this aim and the toughness of the Carbon Kevlar sandwich hull exceeds that of comparable aluminium hulls.

During sailing trials, she reached 12,5 knots upwind at an apparent wind angle of 20 degrees with only 12 knots of true wind speed. On the reach, she sailed comfortably at 17 knots with only 14 knots of true wind.


CONCEPTION


MARI-CHA III presents a giant leap in design and technology. From the owner's brief to the naval architect's plan was certainly a major challenge - design a supremely comfortable yacht that is also the fastest of her type and size in the world.
MARI-CHA III's dual role of luxurious Superyacht and racing machine required a huge amount of research and development, ten months to ensure that she succeeded in both guises.

Hundreds of drawings, sketches, studies on hull shape and rig comparable to an America's Cup campaign (including computer hull flow studies, tank testing, wind tunnel sail development). This was completed by real life speed trials leading to ongoing developments. Will MARI-CHA III's "invités de marque", be able to imagine the saloon during a transoceanic race whilst drinking fine Champagne.

Super Maxi
MARI-CHA III's construction is at the cutting edge. MARI-CHA III is surely the finest high tech sailing yacht of her size in the world - and likely to remain so for some time.

MARI-CHA III, cruising or racing, guarantees her owner satisfaction, pride and honour. Forever...





SPECIFICATIONS


  • Launched
    Autumn 1997
  • Builder
    Sensation Yachts
  • Hull construction
    Marten Marine (carbon composite)
  • Architect
    Philippe Briand
  • Interior Designer
    John Munford Design
  • Project manager
    Jef d’Etiveaud
  • Certification
    ABS hull certificate
  • LOA
    146 ft 8 in (44.70 m)
  • LWL
    124 ft 7 in (38.00 m)
  • Beam
    29 ft 6 in (9.00 m)
  • Draft
    14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)
  • Ballast
    - Fin keel and bulb 90,000 pounds (41.000 Kg)
    - Water ballast 1750 Gal.
  • Displacement
    - Cruising 277,200 pounds (126,000 Kg)
    - Racing 240,000 pounds (110,000 Kg)
  • Rigging
    Rod, Riggarna and Aramid
  • Spars
    Southern Spars (carbon composite)
  • Sail Area
    - Upwind 1,000 m2
    - Downwind 1,680 m2
  • Water tanks
    5000 L
  • Fuel tanks
    9,000 L (2,500 nm range at 10 kts)
  • Main engine
    Caterpillar 600 H.P.
    max speed under power 14.8 kts
  • Bowthruster
    Max Power 50 H.P.
  • Generators
    - Northern Lights 40 Kw - Panda 15Kw
    - Hydraulic generator 15Kw
  • Water maker
    HEM 260 l/h
  • Air-conditionning
    Aqua air
  • Hydraulic system
    - HPS, Deck Winches, Bow thruster, 15 Kw Alternator


ELECTRONICS



  • Computer
    - Power PC Apple with Pentium II board
    - Ethernet throughout the boat
  • Central nav
    - B&G Hercules 790 interfaced to the rest of the instruments and to the computer (Max Sea)
  • GPS
    Trimble plus one manual
  • Radar
    Furuno 96 Miles
  • SSB
    Sea Co.
  • VHF
    Two Skanti and two portables
  • Intercom
    Through the PABX tel system
  • Auto pilot
    Segatron
  • Video systems
    In the saloon, owner’s, crew mess. CCTV exavision
  • Hifisystems
    In Saloon, owner’s, Pilot house, Guest cabins, Crew mess
  • Deck Gear
    Lewmar custom and Harken Custom
  • Dinghies
    - Custom Kevlar 15.5 hard bottom inflatable with
 50 H.P. Yamaha.
    - Zodiac Futura Mk II with 15 H.P. Yamaha


SAFETY


Complete safety equipment to the standards and British
regulations for 25 persons



Inventories


Cruising and racing full inventories by North and Voile Système/Incidence.
Garage for the tender located in the transom
Owner’s suite
Guest’s rooms and pilothouse above
Dining room and saloon
Galley and crew quarters

CRUISING


Magnificent MARI-CHA III is a Super Yacht of distinction aboard which her guests can cruise comfortably as well as entertain in style and luxury. She will draw attention at any anchorage with her sleek hull and huge ketch rig, that also confers enormous benefits in terms of speed, weight to sail area ratio and efficiency. Her speed under sail and power warrants fast passage making from one anchorage to the next, fun sailing, and allows for more time to explore, dive and enjoy all aspects of cruising.

Mari-Cha’s crew of 7 includes: An experienced captain who has worked on the boat for many years, a top class Chef, an engineer, a Stewardess and 3 deck hands each with their specialty. All have been on the boat for several years and are fully dedicated to making your cruise delightful.

Under sail, she reaches 12,5 knots upwind at an apparent wind angle of 20 degrees with only 12 knots of true wind speed. On the reach, she sails comfortably at 17 knots with only 14 knots of true wind.
MARI-CHA III has moderate draught for a yacht of her size, giving her the ability to explore most of the world’s magnificent anchorages.

MARI-CHA III is a Super Yacht of distinction aboard which her owner can cruise comfortably as well as entertaining his guests in style and luxury. She will turn heads at any anchorage with her sleek hull and huge ketch rig, which also confers enormous benefits in terms of speed, weight to sail area ratio and efficiency.

During the period preceding the construction, the interior designer John Munford produced his first drawings and sketches in a luxurious Edwardian style, sublime decor whilst Philippe Briand began his preliminary research to develop this amazing yacht. One of the main objectives was to conceive and build MARI-CHA III as light and stiff as possible, without compromising the safety aspects. Use of the latest technology was the only way to succeed in this aim and the toughness of the Carbon Kevlar sandwich hull exceeds that of comparable aluminium hulls.

INTERIORS


Elegant

Designed by John Munford, her accommodation is superbly executed by Sensation Yacht’s skilled cabinetmakers, it includes a large master cabin with ensuite and a smaller cabin with upper lower berth. In addition there are two double ensuite guest cabins.
The living and dining room is forward of the pilot house and large enough to cater to 10 people. Forward are quarters to accommodate eight crew.
Mari-cha III’s pilot house includes not only the navigation and communication equipment but also provides shelter with two comfortable benches to relax while enjoying the outside view.
Marble surfaces, beautiful fabrics, “objet d’art” and luxurious accoutrements have been carefully selected to enhance MARI-CHA III’s interior. The interior of the boat has been refited in 2010 by Clear Yacht Interior and her state of the art entertainment system has been updated to reflect the latest technology.
On MARI-CHA III you will experience the comforts of a large yacht without sacrificing performance.

MARI-CHA III represents a giant leap in design and technology. From the owner’s brief to the naval architect’s plan was certainly a major challenge: Design a supremely comfortable yacht that is also the fastest of her class. During the period preceding the construction, the interior designer John Munford produced his first drawings and sketches in a luxurious Edwardian style, sublime decor whilst Philippe Briand began his preliminary research to develop this amazing yacht. One of the main objectives was to conceive and build MARI-CHA III as light and solid as possible, without compromising safety aspects.

A large master cabin with ensuite and a smaller cabin with upper lower berth. In addition there are two double ensuite guest cabins.
  • Elegant
  • Magnificent
  • Record breaker
  • Awesome
  • Comfortable superyacht

RACING


Record breaker 
MARI-CHA III is a Super Maxi whose hydraulic sailing systems may be converted to manual operation to comply with the rules stipulated by the World Speed Sailing Record Council.
The interior can be dismantled to reduce weight for racing programs and give room to the racing crew of 25. However, the full width owner's suite with its adjoining study and large shower room remains largely intact, as do the crew quarters.
MARI-CHA III, in racing mode, became the new Atlantic record breaker on October 24, 1998, when she crossed the finish line at Lizard Point in southern England at 12:08:17. MARI-CHA III sailed from New York to Lizard in 8 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes and 41 seconds. She averaged 14 knots.

Sydney/Hobart 1999 Hobart Dec 28, 1999
07:32 am
Mari-Cha III, Bob Miller's 147' Ketch, holder of the fastest time accross the Atlantic, beat this morning the Sydney to Hobart record. Sailing the 627 course in 1day 18h 37' at an average speed of 14.75 Knts Mari-Cha beat Morning Glory's record by 19h30'10" a gain of 46.The crew lead by the owner Skipper Bob Miller and co-skipper Jef d'Etiveaud included 3 watch leaders: international top sailors Michael Sanderson, Tom Dodson and Herve Jan who arrived in Sydney after his victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre. Prince Pavlos of Greece and Prince Alexander Von Furstenberg were members of the crew. On a rough course with wind averaging between 25 and 40 knots, the ketch showed running superiority often hiting speeds in excess of 30 Knts best speed recorded is 32.45 Kts in winds favoring lighter boats such as Nokia which arriving two hours after Mari-Cha took the official race 1st place. Mari-Cha however established a new class record. She also becomes the fastest boat on this course. Bob Miller who found the race "too short"... comments: We trust we set a hight level of performance for the next superyacht race on the same course.







AWARDS


1997 winner of the Superyacht Society's award for the Best Sail Yacht over 36 metres as well as the award for the Best Sail Yacht Interior,

MARI-CHA III has been awarded on July 1st, 1999 as the Most Innovative Sailing Yacht by: Showboats For more informations see ShowBoats issue Volume XVII Number 3 dated July1999


Crédits :
All the images are copyrighted, The photographs have been shot by:
Neil Rabinowitz - Guy Gurney - Roger Lean-Vercoe - Ivor Vilkins - PPL Oxbow - Nicolas Claris (Sydney/Hobart race and mooring) - Melanie Lust (Interiors)

The video have been shot and edited by: Nicolas Claris (Sydney/Hobart race) - Barry Pickthall (Arrival of the Atlantic record)


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