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Kiwi classics: 6 of the best Alloy Yachts

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Vertigo

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In memory of the late Tony Hambrook, we’ve been through our archives and picked out six of his yard Alloy Yachts’ finest creations.

Where better to start than with the yard’s flagship, the monumental 67.2 metre ketch Vertigo? Launched in 2011, she was met with widespread critical acclaim, being named sailing yacht of the year at the 2012 World Superyacht Awards. Legend has it that her designer Philippe Briand came up with the shape of her dramatically sloped coachroof after sketching on the tablecloth of an Italian trattoria.

Her 837GT interior, designed by Studio Christian Liaigre, saw the yard break through the 500GT mark for the first time. The result is six-star luxury accommodation with room for a plethora of sports equipment, meaning guests can work out and stay in shape during extended stays on board.

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Tawera

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An early example of Alloy Yachts' burgeoning prowess in the superyacht sector, 28.1 metre Tawera was launched in 1995. She has gone on to establish herself as a mainstay of the New Zealand Millennium Cup, which Hambrook helped to found in 2000. Tawera scooped first place in 2016 and 2017 before being pipped to the post by regatta newcomer Ammonite in the 2018 edition of the cup.

Inside she boasts almost two metres of headroom and accommodation for six guests and four crewmembers all set in a welcoming décor by Peter Sijm.

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Tiara

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Delivered in 2004 boasting sleek lines by Dubois Naval Architects and John Munford interiors, 54.27 metre Tiara holds the distinction of being one of the few sailing yachts in the world with an aft-deck helipad. Her innovative design and technical achievement was acknowledged at the 2005 Showboats International Awards.

Her key features include a split-level master suite, a 12-person dining table and a forward tender locker that can be converted into a Jacuzzi, while the interiors have been updated by Adam Lay Studio.

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