Launched in 2014 at the Astilleros Bequebus shipyard Dona Francisca is one of the largest carbon fiber schooner ever built, at 52.5m.
Designed for an extremely experienced owner, who wanted a sailing yacht that was capable of cruising the world’s oceans in comfort, but still offer exhilarating performance. Naval Architect, Javier Soto Acebal was tasked with the challenge and the results are a stunning yacht taking design inspiration from the early English Cutters of the early 20th century, a very modern classic.
Launched in 2014 at the Astilleros Bequebus shipyard, Dona Francisca is one of the largest carbon fiber schooner ever built at 52.5 m.
Designed for an extremely experienced owner, who wanted a sailing yacht that was capable of cruising the world's oceans in comfort, but still offer exhilarating performance. Naval Architect Javier Soto Acebal, was tasked with the challenge and the results are a stunning yacht taking design inspiration from the early English Cutters of the early 20th century, a very modern classic.
Dona Francisca is a fully custom, state of the art superyacht assembled by the sailing worlds luminaries. The owner required that only the leading experts in each field were hired to implement the most advanced hardware and components during a four-year build process. This collaboration highlights the exceptional quality and full-custom design which truly place her in the league of iconic superyachts such as Meteor (Royal Huisman), ELFJE (Royal Huisman) and Marie (Vitters Shipyard), yet with a total displacement that is 25% lighter. Dona Francisca's hull and deck were constructed in carbon fiber using a 'sandwich' method, which sees carbon fiber skins impregnated with epoxy resin over a rigid PVC foam core- a proven build technique that delivers a light yet incredibly strong structure.
An amazing amount of care went into the design of each component and piece of hardware installed onboard, including the request of a special hue of bronze alloy for the winches and windlass bodies, which house Harken systems. Even the colors of each line and rope on board were taken into careful consideration to make sure the yacht maintained the classic look of her counterparts from the past.
Performance is ensured with the use of carbon fibre rigging from Carbo-Link, Americas Cup style construction of carbon masts and booms and the most advanced sails from the famous Doyle Sail Loft in New Zealand.
Dona Francisca's clever interior configuration allows for a four-cabin layout, featuring a full-beam master suite with his and her bathrooms as well as a large separate private study, two VIP suites and one guest double. The remaining living space is comprised of a large deckhouse, an elegant and comfortable salon with both lounge and dining areas, and an ample-sized galley, all paneled in mahogany with cherry and chestnut flooring. Forward of the galley are three crew cabins.
Hull and deck built in a vacuum bag sandwich process utilizing rigid PVC foam core and carbon fiber skins impregnated with epoxy resin.
Bulkheads and stringers built in strengthened carbon fiber.
Deck finished in Burmese teak (12mm thick) and deck superstructures (cabin tops) finished in Mahogany.
The keel is an inverted "T" with a hollow body and a solid iron bulb, totaling 80T of ballast. Mast and booms are carbon fibre.
Master Cabin- occupies total beam, with a private bathroom and an office with a closet and a private bathroom.
Control Bridge- leather armchairs and mahogany table.
Living and Dining Room- occupies maximum beam.
Guest Cabin (stbd side)- 2 beds with private bathroom.
Guest Cabin (port side)- 2 beds with private bathroom.
Galley- 3 refrigerators, 2 freezers, wine storage, dishwashers, microwave, oven, portable stoves (all brand Miele).
Crew Mess- has navigation monitoring system and camera circuit.
Laundry- washing machine and Miele industrial dryer.
Captain's Cabin- double berth with private bathroom.
Mariner Cabins (2)- each with 2 bunks and private bathroom
Naval Architect: Javier Soto Acebal
Vessel Type: Sail
Sail Cockpit: Aft
Hull Type: Mono hull
Configuration: Long keel
Hull Material: Carbon fiber
Superstructure Material: Wood
Deck Material: Teak
LOA: 52.4 m / 172 ft
Min Draft: 3.5 m / 11.5 ft
Beam: 8.6 m / 28.4 ft
Bridge Clearance: 48.8 m / 160 ft
Ballast Type: Lead
Engine: Caterpillar C18 Acert, 873 hp
Cruise Speed: 10 knots
Max Speed: 14 knots
The Hundested set of line of axis and crunk-box, consists of a system of a variable transit of propeller to transmit the torque of the engine in an efficient way. The transit control is obtained with a hydraulic bomb that activates a pinion, allowing a permanent adjustment of the transit of the propeller according to the returns of the engine.
Bow Thruster & Sternthruster
The total surface of the sails is approximately 1.126 square meters.
The sail inventory includes a full batten main sail, a full batten schooner sail, a storm sail, a Gennaker and two rolling Genoas:
Black and Grey Water Treatment Plant
Bridge & Navigation Equipment
Owner's Office Navigation Equipment
Crew Mess Equipment
Rudder Exterior Equipment