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Lang Walker's top 6 tips for building custom yachts

Lang Walker's top 6 tips for building custom yachts

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Kokomo sailing yacht

Unforeseen challenges can lead to outstanding results

So much of the decision-making involves debate over which technologies to employ and how far to go. Building one of the largest carbon-fibre masts in the world was not one of our aims but loads increase exponentially as the boats get bigger and you have to work out how to safely harness the energy and power generated from larger sails and gear.

We pushed the limits but we never lost sight of safety as Kokomo’s sail plan and rig took shape. As a result, many of the features on Kokomo are leading edge. Others are perhaps better described as bleeding edge, with an inherently higher risk factor as they were not tried-and-tested in practice before being constructed.

I believe many other features of Kokomo are individually commendable as examples of stand-alone product development:

  • Her 130 tonne lifting keel is cleverly integrated and concealed within the interior design
  • The slide on/off mainsail cars allow the fully-battened sail to furl into the boom
  • We fly the largest asymmetric superyacht spinnaker in the world
  • Kokomo’s flush foredeck contains twin 6.1m tenders and an eight-person spa pool
  • The design incorporates large raise/lower glass windows around the cockpit
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