Turkish yard Archipelago Yacht has revealed that work is in progress on a 40 metre schooner, due to launch this autumn, after which she will be delivered to her British owner and christened ZanZiba. A wooden craft in the traditional mould, she has been styled inside and out by David Wright Design, with naval architecture by Alparslan Tekogul, supported by Paul Spooner of Fairlie Restorations.
The charm of her colonial-style interior, finished with teak, burr oak and zebrano veneers, rattan and leather, will be discreetly complemented by modern climate control, entertainment, communication, electrical and navigation systems.
Accommodation will be spread over two decks, incorporating a deckhouse saloon and dining area, with six en suite guest cabins – configured without an owner’s cabin for greater flexibility with large groups of family and friends as well as charters – and crew quarters for eight on the lower deck.
For the hull, a cold-moulding process is being used whereby a laminate base is built up using thin, resin-infused wood planking. The resulting structure will be rigid, strong, impervious to marina parasites and proof against osmosis. Modern technology is also going into the rig and gear with NavTec rod rigging, Lewmar and Harken hydraulic winches and Stratis sails by Doyle.
ZanZiba will be a superyacht that delivers the romance of maritime tradition with all the convenience and support of modern technology.