Mirabella V

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Mirabella V at Rinia.jpg
Mirabella V at Rineia, Cyclades in 2008
History
Isle of Man
Name: Mirabella V (rechristened M5)
Namesake: Mirabella I, Mirabella II, Mirabella III
Port of registry: Isle of Man
Builder: VT Shipbuilding, Woolston, Hampshire
Yard number: 4322
Launched: 27 November 2003
Completed: May 2004
Refit: 2013
Identification: IMO number: 8979374
Notes: largest single-masted yacht ever built
General characteristics
Type: flybridge sloop
Tonnage: 1,017 GT (2013)
Displacement: 765 tonnes (half-load) (2013)
Length: 77.60 m (254.6 ft) (2013)
Beam: 14.82 m (48.6 ft)
Height: 88.5 m (290 ft)
Draught: 10.20 m (33.5 ft) maximum (2013)
Propulsion: 2 × Caterpillar 969 kW (1,299 hp) (2013)
Sail plan: triple-headed sloop
Crew: 17
Aircraft carried: float-mounted Carbon Cub

M5 is sloop-rigged super yacht launched in 2003 as Mirabella V. She is the largest single-masted yacht ever built.

Ownership[edit]

Mirabella V was built as part of a fleet of large sailing charter yachts owned by former Chairman and CEO of the Avis car rental company, Joseph Vittoria, and used for luxury private charters. She was named after Mr. Vittoria's previous yachts. Mirabella V now belongs to Rodney Lewis[1]and has been rechristened M5.

Vittoria grew up on Long Island and worked as a "launch boy" at a yacht club in Sea Cliff, New York, where he developed a love for sailing. Two of his sisters married sailors who helped him learn and continue his enjoyment of sailing. Vittoria lived in Greenwich, Connecticut from 1980 to 1991 and still has a home and membership in the Belle Haven Club, there, although he and his wife, Luciana, later moved to Palm Beach, Florida.[2] Vittoria made his fortune helping organise the buyout and resale of Avis in the 1980s.[3]

Design[edit]

The owner specifications combined fast sailing with motoryacht amenities.[4] The righting moment of sailing vessels makes them more seakindly than powerboats and M5 has achieved speeds in excess of 19 knots in 8ft-12ft seas.[2] To achieve the amenity requirements, a single mast was preferred to other rig types in order to maximize interior volumes in keel-stepped sailing yachts; To achieve the performance requirements, the higher aspect ratio of the single mast sail plan was also preferred in order to provide a better speed potential . A final demand was that the yacht be able to use the harbour at Palm Beach, Florida. This required the use of a lifting keel to reduce draft.[5]

Mirabella V was designed by New Zealander yacht designer Ron Holland. Load and structural calculations of the hull and rig were carried out by Hamble-based firm High Modulus Europe Ltd, (now part of Gurit).

Technical challenges[edit]

While vessels of M5's size are typically made from steel or aluminium, an aramid foam core/vinylester sandwich build was chosen to achieve a shorter delivery date, reduced maintenance (regular repainting to inhibit corrosion is not required) and better acoustic thermal insulation.[6]

Historically, large yachts were built with more than one mast in order to divide the sail area for easier handling. Today's technologies in spars, rigging, sailmaking, powered winches and electronics enable rigs with larger sail areas, higher aspect ratios, larger loads and simpler handling, allowing Mirabella V to be constructed with the tallest mast and largest jib of any sailing craft ever built at the time. One of the procurement challenges was finding sheets strong enough to trim the sails.[2]

Construction[edit]

Mirabella V was constructed at the former BVT Surface Fleet yard (formerly Vosper Thornycroft) at Woolston, Hampshire. Luciana Vittoria specified to naval archited Ron Holland her wishes for interior decoration.[7] After changing hands and being rechristened M5, she was handed over for refit to the Pendennis Shipyard in March 2013. She was relaunched in September 2013 with an extended stern and reverse transom, a lighter ballast arrangement and carbonfiber standing rigging.[8]

Particulars of Ship[edit]

  • LOA: 77.60 m (254.6 ft) (2013)
  • LWL (full load): 61.00 m (200.13 ft)
  • Beam: 14.82 m (48.6 ft)
  • Displacement (half load): 765 tonnes (753 long tons; 843 short tons)
  • Ballast: 100 tonnes (98 long tons; 110 short tons) (2013)
  • Draught (keel up) 3.80 m (12.5 ft) (2013)
  • Draught (keel down): 10.20 m (33.5 ft) (2013)
  • Air draught: 88.50 m (290.4 ft) (cannot pass under any bridge that she can navigate to[9])
  • Sail area (mainsail+working jib): 2,385 m2 (25,670 sq ft)
  • Sail area (mainsail+reacher): 3,380 m2 (36,400 sq ft)
  • her 1,833 m2 (19,730 sq ft) UPS genoa is the World's largest sail, excluding spinnakers.

Accommodation[edit]

The boat has a master suite on the main deck and six cabins for as many as 12 guests. The boat's lazarette stores a 29-foot (8.8 m) tender, Lasers, jet skis, ski boats, kayaks and three remote-controlled models of Mirabella V. The foredeck has two recesses that serve as swimming pools and as storage for two launches.[2]

Launch[edit]

Mirabella V was launched on November 27th, 2003 and her mast was stepped at the Southampton Empress Dock on December 30th, 2003.[10] Her first sea trial took place off Portsmouth on April 14th, 2004.

Operation and financing[edit]

Under Vittoria's ownership, Mirabella V was chartered for up to $420,000 per week and about 12 weeks per year, with a balanced operating budget if chartered for 14 weeks per year.[2]

Service[edit]

After dragging anchor and running aground in Beaulieu-sur-Mer on September 16th, 2004, Mirabella V was towed into La Ciotat for a survey and subsequently returned to Vosper Thornycroft in Portsmouth for repairs.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David A. Kaplan (2012-05-25). "Tycoons are dumping their superyachts". Fortune. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Frank MacEachern (2010-05-03), "World's largest single-masted yacht anchored in Greenwich", Greenwich Time 
  3. ^ "Mirabella V - Vosper's super-sloop", The Yachting World, 2003-11-10 
  4. ^ Ron Holland; John Stott (2003-10-23), Presentation to the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-16 
  5. ^ Tom Walsh, "Mirabella V: meeting a superstar", BYM News 
  6. ^ George Marsh (December 2002), "Engineering a composite hyperyacht", Reinforced Plastics, archived from the original on 2006-10-28 
  7. ^ Ron Holland outlines design philosophy for Mirabella V, 2004-05-24, archived from the original on 2011-07-14 
  8. ^ "M5 - Magnificence Reborn" (PDF), Pendennis Voyage, December 2014 
  9. ^ Boot.de: Mirabella V - the largest sailing sloop ever
  10. ^ "Historic launch of world's largest sloop, Mirabella V", The Yachting World, 2003-11-27 
  11. ^ "Mirabella arrives in Portsmouth", The Yachting World, 2004-10-22