By Murielle Gonzalez Oisel
Montevideo-based shipyard Buquebus has launched Doña Francisca, a 52.5m (172ft) sailing yacht. She is a classic schooner with interiors and exteriors designed by Soto Acebal Naval Architects and is the biggest sailing boat built in carbon in South America.
“The lines are those of a fast yet very weatherly cruiser, below the waterline there is our racing boat heritage, above the water level our deepest respect to aesthetics and naval architecture of the past. This boat is not a past replica but brings up aesthetics elements from the golden era of yachting that have been carefully studied, processed and redesigned to produce a unique actual vessel,” explains Soto Acebal.
It was requested that the boat must be capable of sailing in shallow waters, Argentina’s River Plate included, hence the design draft was fixed at 3.6m.
The interiors are based on an Edwardian style featuring a mix of Honduras mahogany and white paneling. The owner’s cabin is aft of the deckhouse, separated and independent with an adjacent fully operative office. Forward from the deckhouse is the saloon with a living area on the port side. Following through a corridor are three en suite guest cabins to accommodate eight guests. The crew accommodation and galley is found forward.
Doña Francisca is a 210 ton displacement yacht built in carbon/epoxy. The yacht features an 82 ton ballast, 1100m sq sail area, and 8.6m beam. Her main engine is a Caterpillar C18 – 873 hp. She also carries two generator sets by Caterpillar C4.4 50kVA.