Recently, a sailing ketch with a capacious name Q has been restored and is ready to conquer the sea again - this time the yacht will go on a trip around the world!
Graceful lines and an interesting story
The sail ketch Q was launched in 2008. This two-masted piece of art was created by Alloy Yachts and designed by Ed Dubois of Dubois Naval Architects. Alas, the shipyard has already ceased to exist. The original name of the boat is Mondango.
At the time of construction, Q was one of the largest sailing yachts in the world with a length of 54 meters. However, until now, the boat periodically occupies quite high places in a wide variety of ratings. When she was still a Mondango, the yacht regularly won prizes in regattas.
That all changed in 2016, when a Danish yachtsman who wished to remain anonymous did not purchase the Mondango. His other sailing yacht Parsifal III (the brainchild of Perini Navi) proved so popular in the charter market that a need arose for a personal boat. The choice fell on the Mondango.
However, this yacht soon became available for charter. The owner says: “Alloy Yachts are so well built that they are legendary in sailing. Even as a child, I went to the "Optimists" and other small dinghies. Since that time I love to refit and upgrade boats. For the last 30 years I have been buying and converting sailboats and ketch boats. Q stands out from the rest - low hull profile, graceful deck lines and speed. She is really very fast. This ketch is perfect for racing.”
Among the interesting design solutions is a large cockpit, which has air conditioning and electric windows. This attracted the owner: “We keep the windows open when the weather is fine and we close them when it's windy. Air conditioning is also a very nice option.”
The deck is almost exemplary. All rigging is in its place, does not interfere with movement, there is a lot of free space for rest. The cockpit and deck are the areas that have undergone the least changes. The interiors and sails were reworked.
In total, the yacht survived two repairs - in 2016 and 2021. One of the biggest upgrades was the installation of a tricky carbon sail system. With its help, it is possible to raise the sails in a matter of minutes with the help of automation. Q is capable of speeds up to 19 knots.
A heated jacuzzi was installed on the tank, and there are sun loungers around for sunbathing. The engines and generators have been overhauled and the exterior has been repainted. The transom has a huge bathing platform that can be easily lowered and enjoy the warm waters of the Caribbean or Mediterranean.
Updated interior and plans for the future
The interiors have been redesigned to more closely resemble the interiors of Parsifal III. The interior of this boat was designed by Remy Tesser. The Q owner says: “The decision to make Q's internals look like Parsifal III was a conscious one. Remy, with whom we have been friends for many years, helped me in the implementation of this project.”
All furniture has been restored. A whole separate team of designers conjured up her appearance, adding dark wood veneer and Fendi sofas. The main saloon now has a more efficient and reliable air conditioning system.
It's scary to imagine - the boat is already 15 years old! During this time, she managed to visit such regattas as Loro Piana and St Barth's Bucket, as well as many others. So far, the yacht is available for charter and there is no preparation for new races. However, the owner said that soon Q could send a real around the world! It will be interesting to see such an adventure of one of the biggest sailing ketch!
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