On deck with the dragon’s mates
There are scores of superyachts in the world that appear crowded when the full complement of guests is carried. Montigne is almost the complete opposite, especially on deck; she could accommodate twenty or so and no one would notice. Huge expanses of teak decks allow for stacks of sunbathing potential and perhaps the only surprise is the smallness of the two person Jacuzzi pool on the sun deck set into a plinth that clearly could accommodate a much larger plunge pool. Perhaps it was meant for two only…
Undoubtedly, the main deck outside is the most popular place to lounge and eat. A huge circular dining table with a lazy Susan is perfect for a large group to enjoy the chef’s Chinese banquets, while the entire aft end is the ultimate cushioned lounging pad to snooze or watch the outdoor TV in the shade. This area can be transformed into an enclosed space when the elements are adverse using drop down screens, while a clever system of misting sprays and chilled air cooler fans ensures it is never too hot. On deck service, from two well-equipped bars, has been perfected by four well trained, multi-lingual stewardesses, lead by Karina Blake from Australia.
The yacht’s sailing equipment is gloriously simple and as a consequence less prone to giving trouble in operation. Five Harken electro-hydraulic furling winches handle each of the sails forward of the mizzen. The fully battened mizzen is conventionally hoisted from an on-boom stack using lazy jacks. Sheets and halyards are all visible and controlled using conventional Harken on-deck winches.
Montigne will be sailing to Southeast Asia in September of this year. She will be based in the area and available for charter through her central agents, Ocean Independence. Among her many ports of call will be Hong Kong’s famed harbour. Look out for the three tall masts and behold her elegance, as she is a sight to behold. Dragons included.