For sale: A marriage of speed and splendour on board Mbolo

29 March 2021

To pick up serious speed at sea, designers must sometimes forgo the space required for luxury amenities in favour of a streamlined profile. But the 40 metre Mbolo is a nimble beauty with luxurious living spaces that have been perfectly optimised to keep her sailing swiftly.

Delivered in 2004 by pedigree Dutch shipyard Jongert, Mbolo’s design by Tony Castro gained instant recognition in the year of her launch, scooping the ShowBoats International award for best sailing yacht.

A custom development of Jongert’s 2900M model platform, this sloop-rigged sailing yacht was constructed with a monochromatic hull in aluminium which offers modern cruising efficiency. Her interiors, meanwhile, artfully embrace traditional sailing design.

Mbolo has been the recipient of a number of refits throughout her life; her most recent included new sales and overhauls of the rigging, winches and furlers. Four crewmembers make light work of Mbolo under sail with a top speed of 12 knots and a range of 1,600 nautical miles.

Alongside her crew, there's accommodation for up to seven guests with each cabin designed for total comfort at sea. Highlights include a forward Jacuzzi on the exterior deck, a sheltered sunbathing area behind the cockpit and a convenient swimming platform for easy access to the water.

The foredeck also features storage for an ample collection of water toys and a 2012 Williams turbojet 385 tender for exploring Mbolo’s cruising grounds.

Mbolo is listed for sale with Camper & Nicholsons International with an asking price of €2,800,000.