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Longobarda is generally recognized as the outstanding Maxi Racing Yacht of her era, a combination of the design talent of multi-award- winning New Zealander Bruce Farr and the universally-acclaimed build quality of Ambrosini in Italy.
Built in 1988 using state-of-the-art lightweight materials such as carbon fibre, Kevlar and Nomex, and with a no-expense-spared budget, Longobarda was earning an enviable reputation within months of her launch, by taking on - and beating - yachting’s best in races the world over.
Victory in the Maxi Yacht World Championship in 1989 and the OMYA World Cup in 1990 set in train a string of international successes in America, Australia and Europe; in iconic events such as the San Francisco Big Boat Regatta, the Sydney to Hobart and the Isle of Wight Round The Island Race, Longobarda was the boat to beat.
In the 21st Century, Longobarda has taken on a new role: following a major refit, she now offers the unique opportunity for near race-speed fast sailing in an 80ft Maxi Racing Yacht combined with the ultimate in luxury cruising and culinary delights through a series of tailor-made charters in the Caribbean and beyond.
And the ‘grand prix car of the ocean’ is still winning - in January 2008 Longobarda announced her arrival in the region’s waters with victory in the Barbados Round the Island Race in a time of 5 hours 29 minutes, which is awaiting Barbados Yacht Club ratification as a new record for the south-about route.
LONGOBARDA is offered exclusively by Farr Yacht Sales at a price of $600,000 usd. Contact Ian Gordon for more information.
Please contact Ian Gordon at 410 267 6550
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Builder: SAI Ambrosini
Designer: Farr Yacht Design
Hull Shape: Monohull
Fresh Water Tanks: (264 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (132 Gallons)
LOA: 24.32m / 79.79 ft LWL: 19.86m / 65.16 ft Beam: 6.09m / 19.98 f Max Draft: 4.31m / 14.14 f Displacement: 30,489kg / 67,080 Lbs.
Total Power: 180 Hp
Holding: 120L Black/120L Gray
Hull / Deck Construction Details
Built using state-of-the-art lightweight composite carbon fibre, Kevlar and Nomex, with a no-expense-spared budget, Longobarda was earning an enviable reputation within months of her launch, by taking on - and beating - yachting’s best in races the world over.
Longobarda has 82 feet of open deck space, with ample provision for guests to make the most of the space. Behind the twin helms there is cushioned sunbathing pit with biminii in case the sun becomes too harsh. There are further sunbathing beds available for the more adventurous, who might enjoy taking sun on the foredeck.
There is full awning down the boom, while a cleverly designed bespoke dining table in carbon fibre fits over the grinders, seating four in comfort on either side.
Following a major refit in 2007, the interior of the Longobarda has been transformed; fully air-conditioned throughout, it offers a combination of luxury and practicality unlike any other Maxi Racing Yacht.
The spacious saloon is decked out in black and white, with powder blue leather upholstery; 10 people can sit in comfort around two semi-circular carbon fibre tables, and there is a separate fridge, so guests can help themselves to refreshments at any time. The equipment also includes a 42” Panasonic flat screen plasma television and Bose sound system.
The three cabins are themed in blue and white, creating a relaxing ambience: the Master Cabin (forward) has a six-foot double bed and en-suite bathroom, while the Port and Starboard cabins are equipped with bunks and share a bathroom. In addition, the Master Cabin and Port Cabin have a 20” flat screen plasma televisions and sound systems. The on-board lap top computer connects to a KVH satellite system dome.
42” plasma TV
Hot & cold pressured water system (2001)
Teak cabin sole
Master stateroom forward with private bath
Bose surround-sound with muti DVD
Interior ceiling lighting
Carbon fiber tables port & starboard
2 aft staterooms with shared bathroom
Well equipped galley to starboard (renovated 2001)
2 - Isotherm fridges
1 - large isotherm deep freezer
Eno Le Chef 4 burner stove w/convection oven
The electrical system was re-conditioned in 2007 with a new electrical panel. The system is capable of running refrigeration, freezer, and full electrical system under power.
All new batteries within 10 month
4 – Mastervolt battery chargers
2 – Mastervolt inverters
24 volt DC system
220 volt Shore power
Engine & alternator start batteries
Volvo Penta TAMD41 180 hp turbo diesel engine, with 24V alternator and starter, all new 2002. Engine and gearbox completely overhauled 2001. Feathering three bladed 28’ Max prop (new 2001) with inspection window. On deck alarms for charging, temperature and oil pressure (new 2001)
Electronics / Navigation
Brookes & Gatehouse 2000 System Performance Instruments
Multiple instrument jumbo display on the mast
4 - B&G displays in cockpit bulkhead
Furuno Nav-net - 1 on helm & 1
below at nav station
1 Furuno GPS / Chart Plotter
1 Phillips GPS navigator
Instrument repeater at Nav Station
1 icom VHF manual 1c421
1 KVH Tracphone – Sat Phone
1 Simrad auto pilot
Longobarda’s decks are extremely ergonomic and efficient, based around one extensive cockpit. Trimmers sit far enough outboard for good luff vision. The center line of the cockpit is dominated by four grinders allowing eight people to grind simultaneously. Towards the aft end of the cockpit there is a mainsheet traveler and forward of this the mainsail sheet winch with the Navtec hydraulics underneath. Further aft there is a separate grinding pedestal for the two runner winches.
All deck fittings, stanchions and bases, pad eyes, blocks etc.are in Titanium
Harken Titanium big boat series blocks
Inboard & outboard genoa & jib tracks
Sprayhood over main hatch (new 2000
Fully adjustable sail controls
The Barient Commander 5000 winch package, 2 – primary & 2 – secondary, can be switched between power and grinder drive systems.
Cross-linked quad primary pedestal grinder
2 - Barient primary, hydraulic or grinder driven
1 - Barient mainsheet, hydraulic or grinder driven
1 – Barient pole lift, top-handle
2 - Lewmar runner, hydraulic or grinder driven
2 - Lewmar genoa car/down-haul, top-handle
Lewmar Commander 5 function hydraulic winch power pack
2 - Barient secondary, grinder driven
1 – Barient center halyard, top-handle
2 – Barient spinnaker halyard, top-handle
2 - Lewmar traveler, top-handle
Rig & Rigging
Original Sparcraft – Lymington Custom Aluminum Mast – Fully re-conditioned in 2007.
Navtec hydraulics for topmast, check stays, outhaul, cunningham and vang
Roller reefing forestay new 1999
Re-conditioned standing rigging
Fittings are mostly Titanium
Spare spinnaker pole in the container
A Container is located in the UK with all spares and extra sails.
3DL #3 Jib
#5 Jib – Heavy Weather
Several spinnakers, most are in the UK
Spares & Other Features
24 – Life Jackets
24 - Spinlock inflatable safety harnesses
1 - EPIRB
2 - Forties 8-man Life Raft
Two watertight collision bulkheads
New keel and IMS conversion in 1997
12 Musto heavy foul-weather gear
12 Musto light foul-weather gear
Internal Ballast removed
1 – center console RIB tender
50 Hp outboard
Longobarda has come a long way from it's original Maxi-Yacht racing format! Now featuring a stylish and comfortable 3 cabin cruising layout with a galley and large main saloon, this is one of the nicest Maxi-racers ever. Longobarda has seen constant and extensive updates throughout its life. Originally conceived as the most advanced Maxi-Yacht built at the time, Longobarda has transitioned to a fast and comfortable World-Cruising Maxi-Yacht. Still capable of competing and winning in the classic ocean races and rallies, Longobarda is the perfect yacht for an owner looking for race-bred performance and technology with the comforts of a cruising interior and accommodations.
Farr Yacht Sales offers the details of the listed vessel in good faith. We are diligent in presenting the above facts and inventories of the listed vessel but we cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of the information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The buyer, whether himself or through his agent or his surveyor, should conduct such investigation, independent confirmation and additional due diligence as the buyer deems necessary before purchasing the vessel.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.