Mondango 3, a 186-foot ketch built by Alloy Yachts, was designed for serious sailing, but it offers passengers the trappings of the most glamorous superyachts.
With its dramatic rig and low-riding navy-blue hull, Mondango 3 is drawing a lot of attention on its maiden voyage from New Zealand—where it was built by Alloy Yachts from a design by England’s Dubois Naval Architects—through the South Pacific toward the waters off of Southeast Asia. But the 186-foot ketch’s sleek hull and towering masts and sails are designed to do more than just turn heads. They enabled the yacht to reach nearly 16.5 knots under sail during its sea trials early last year. This was quite a feat for a yacht that displaces 525 tons. “She sails beautifully, even in light air,” says Andrew Burridge, Mondango 3’s captain. “Unlike many sailboats of her size, the performance is exceptional. We sail her as much as we can.”
A swing keel that can be reduced to 16 feet enables Mondango 3 to access shallow harbors. When fully extended, the keel reaches 36 feet, ensuring that even in rough water the sailing is smooth.