Published: Tuesday, 08 March 2016

S/Y Dahlak is the latest launch in the expanding Perini Navi fleet. The 38-metre sloop was given the name after the Red Sea archipelago where her new owner sailed as a boy.

Perini Navi Launches 38m Sy Dahlak

With hull lines by Philippe Briand and built entirely on site at the group’s Picchiotti shipyard in La Spezia, Italy, the sailing yacht is a sister ship to the award-winning P2 launched in 2008.

Dahlak represents a considerable step up in size, power and complexity in comparison to the owner’s previous yacht – a 60-feet (18.2m) sailing catamaran.

Keen to enjoy the experience of skippering the 38m yacht himself, the owner studied to obtain his Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence.

“The owner was insistent that Dahlak is a family boat in every sense of the word,” says Perini Navi Managing Director of Sales, Marketing & Design Burak Akgul. “By that he meant not only his own family, but also the Perini Navi family. We feel enormously privileged that he entrusted us to build his new sailing yacht to explore the world in complete safety and comfort.”

Dahlak and P2 share the same rig configuration and basic naval architecture, including a near-vertical bow to stretch the waterline length to the maximum and a high-aspect ratio sail plan for fast upwind sailing.

But there also are some key differences. The new yacht is constructed entirely of Sealium aluminium alloy and boasts several technical innovations including a Lithium polymer marine bus system providing ‘clean’ power, three semi-automatic electric captive winches engineered by Perini Navi and a carbon fibre furling boom offering performance and safety in all sea conditions.

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The yacht’s exterior styling by Philippe Briand is designed to highlight her dynamic character. Perini Navi worked with the designer to raise the height of the superstructure by 15-centimetres for a more comfortable and luminous interior. The resulting sense of space to spare is enhanced by the strip skylight running the length of the coachroof that floods the deckhouse with natural light.

The cockpit has versatile dining and seating options and is well protected by a deployable dodger and bimini top, while the generous transom garage can house a 16-feet Castoldi jet tender.

The interior layout offers accommodation for up to eight guests in a full-beam owner’s stateroom and two ensuite cabins. The galley has been extended by one frame and includes a serving hatch, while the deckhouse dining and seating area upholstered in fresh cotton fabrics by Zimmer+Rohde is now separated from the navigation station by the waist-height joinery. The crew quarters can accommodate up to six crew in three ensuite cabins.

“A synthesis of performance and speed, beauty and comfort, Dahlak is our dream come true,” says the owner. “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work so closely with the Perini Navi team, who accurately interpreted our needs and collaborated with us to define every detail and develop each technical innovation. She is a unique and exciting yacht and we cannot wait to take her for a spin.”