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The fabulous vessel Athena at the Monaco Yacht Show

The fabulous vessel Athena at the Monaco Yacht Show

Exhibited at the Monaco Yacht Show 2016, 90m yacht ATHENA is a classic schooner for modern times. This fabulous vessel combines the unique talents of Pieter Beeldsnijder with Dykstra Naval Architects. She is one of the largest sailing yachts ever delivered, and exudes grace and majesty. This three mast schooner provides some 2,500 sqm of sail power. She is complete with in mast furling for the topsails and in boom furling for the carbon fiber gaffs. ATHENA blends traditional yachting arts with modern yachting technology.

Athena, four years of spirited teamwork

Athena combines the unique talents of Pieter Beeldsnijder for exterior and interior design with the flawless naval architectural skills of Dykstra Naval Architects. With these two talented legends and the shipyards” own group of dedicated craftspeople the perfect shipbuilders “dream team” was created. Athena, at 90m overall, will undoubtedly become part of yachting history.

For the interior, Beeldsnijder selected a lightly stained Mahogany to enrich an air of classic comfort. Appreciating that Athena”s sheer size could literally overwhelm, Beeldsnijder cleverly divided accommodations and living areas into human size proportions. They create a feeling of welcome and old world charm. Designing a reappearing scalloped corner detail, Beeldsnijder fine tuned these areas as he worked closely with Californian Rebecca Bradley, responsible for selecting soft furnishings and fabrics.

On deck Athena”s custom array of Rondal deck hardware is set against an expanse of varnished teak cabin tops and seating areas. Again Beeldsnijder elected to provide intimate proportion to these otherwise expansive areas whilst maintaining a high regard for Dykstra”s requirements for sail plan, deck layout and classically inspired design influences.

The three mast schooner rig by Rondal provides some 2,500 sq. m of sail power and is complete with in mast furling for the topsails and in boom furling for the carbon fiber gaffs. Some 55 Rondal captive and drum winches allow lightning fast tacks under full sail whilst sails can be set and stowed at the press of a button (or two!)

Using “Alustar” plate mast construction the tallest of Athena”s three masts fits snugly, at low tide, through Panama”s controlling bridge height of 62m. And to give a sense of scale to all this, a trip up one of Athena”s mast top hydraulically operated crow”s nests gives the adventuresome a bird”s eye view over an expanse of teak decking as Athena presents herself – a resurrection of the spirited golden age of sail.

For more information, please contact Burgess Yachts.

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