Dubois 130

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Designed by Dubois Naval Architects, this 130-foot aluminum sloop was built for an experienced American owner, who was planning to buy a large motoryacht until he saw another Dubois design similar to this one in Auckland. Janice, like many Dubois designs, has a low profile and spacious accommodations for owner and crew, but this design, says Dubois, has an even lower superstructure than its predecessors. This improves the aesthetics and emphasizes the importance the owner is placing on sailing performance. The design, which started out at 110 feet, was gradually enlarged to make room for the expansive crew’s quarters and an engine room similar to those found on large motoryachts.

Designed principally for family world cruising, there are only two guest staterooms, both with ensuite heads, located aft of the main saloon. The owner’s multilevel suite takes up most of the yacht’s after sections and has its own private access to the cockpit.

Despite the yacht’s low profile, the enclosed two-level saloon has good views in all directions. The interior is finished throughout in walnut paneling with detailed moldings; the carpets, and upholstery are in muted colors.

There are five watertight bulkheads, and two 55-kilowatt generators provide lots of electrical capacity. The 600-horsepower diesel engine will yield a cruising speed under power of 12 knots, and the yacht’s cruising range should be 2,500 nautical miles.

The owner asked that Web cameras be installed in the build shed so he could watch the work progress; the cameras were able to zoom in so close that a detail like a screw on a fitting could fill the entire screen. A similar system will be installed onboard Janice so the owner can keep an eye on her from wherever he is in the world. Talk about staying in touch.

Alloy Yachts Box 21480, Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand, tel. 011-649-838-7350

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