News just in that Andre Barbier and Sandra Totten of Dolphin Yachts have sold the 23.6m sailing yacht Moonraker, with David Routledge of Ancasta Palma bringing the buyer.
Moonraker is a Van de Stadt 78 and was custom built in New Zealand to Lloyd's class in 2000 for worldwide cruising. The builder, Kelly Archer, was chosen for his international reputation for high-quality yachts, and for his policy of building only one yacht at a time, providing total focus on one project.
Construction is in aluminium (welded marine grade), combining light weight and great strength. She accommodates seven guests in four cabins. The interior, designed by UK designer Andrew Winch, is pleasant, spacious and light. The joinery is beautifully crafted in Anagrea, a light honey coloured wood creating both light and warmth.
She underwent a refit in 2006 by US builder Hinckley's yard in Rhode Island. Major work was carried out to improve the cockpit area, including making two new helm positions, putting seats at the helms, repositioning all engine controls and navigation aids to the helm positions, relocating foresail furling buttons to the winches and adding a larger cockpit table with refrigeration. Most of the electronics were updated and other equipment replaced wherever necessary.
Her 250hp John Deere 6076 AFM30 engine gives a range of 3,000 nautical miles.
Megayacht Moonraker was asking €1,495,000.