The Abeking & Rasmussen-built sailing yacht, 40m Alithia, has been listed for sale with John Schiavo of Yachtzoo and Marc Haendle of Ocean Independence. The 2002 build is currently based in Palma, Spain, and has an asking price of €8.75 million (VAT paid).
Alithia is constructed of Alustar aluminium and was built to an architectural design by Tripp Design, whilst Winch Design completed the exterior and a light, spacious, minimalistic interior. “She is a thoroughbred and a proven round-the-world cruiser”, began Schiavo. “I’ve sailed on board and she handles like a 50-foot yacht because she doesn’t use hydraulics and has direct steering. When you sail upwind you get a real feel for the boat – a feeling that can often be absented when sailing larger yachts.”
Jens Cornelsen was assigned project manager to handle the original design brief – which called for a state-of-the-art cruising yacht that could accommodate five children, teachers and a classroom – and resolve the apparent contradictions of building a yacht with world-class speeds and a worldwide reach.
The team’s efforts were evidently effectual; Alithia is said to have travelled approximately 15,000 nautical miles in her first 8 months on the water and the original owner, a German businessman, travelled the world with his family on board for two years. He also clarified that 80 per cent of her travelling was under her 775m2 sails.
She has flexible guest accommodation that consists of four en-suite staterooms: a master suite, two double staterooms and a library that can be converted into an additional double stateroom.
On the yacht’s refit work and upkeep, Schiavo said, “There was some maintenance work in Palma, which included: the rearrangement of the aft cabin; a silent battery-running system; the rigging has been checked and tested; the sails are new; the boom has been upgraded; she has new generators; the deck was reconditioned; and there is a new hardtop. She has evolved into a very modern boat."
The German shipyard has only delivered one sailing yacht in the past 21 years, Alithia in 2002, yet sailing yachts retain 42.4 per cent of Abeking & Rasmussen’s delivered fleet, proving its aptitude at building both motoryachts and sailing yachts.