On board the “Quarta Santa Maria”, a gem of a sail boat by the Sangermani shipyard
We went on board the “Quarta Santa Maria”, a classic yacht built by the Sangermani shipyard in the 1990s
There are boats that make your heart beat fast at first glance, even after they have been sailing for years. One of these is certainly the Quarta Santa Maria, a classic sailing yacht built in 1993 by the Sangermani shipyard in Lavagna, based on the design of the well-known American studio Sparkman and Stephens.
With its 26 metres in length, the Quarta Santa Maria beautifully displays her dynamic figure while still conserving the elegance of a traditional sail boat. During the two-day “SeaYou – Yacht Sales and Charter Days” event at the Marina di Genova, we were able to learn more about this vessel.
Although it was a traditional boat launched in the 1990s, the Quarta Santa Maria opened the way to a new generation of yachts, thanks to its sophisticated technology.
The hull was built using “Reinforced-carbon Composite-Laminated wood” technology. The hull is in red cedar wood, reinforced with carbon fibre, and no nails. In this manner, the hull weighs nearly one third less compared to traditional hulls.
On the first layer of planking a kevlar mixed laminate was applied together with a layer of carbon fibre, vacuum sealed using epoxy resin, to satisfy the building standards of both Rina and the American Bureau of Shipping.
The flush deck, completely covered in teak, allows for two cockpits. When stepping on board, one immediately notices the characteristics of the two large shaded spaces. The manoeuvring cockpit allows for safe navigation and at the same time guarantees privacy for other passengers on board. To the bow, instead, is the central cockpit with comfortable sofas and a desk for enjoying a meal or a drink.
THE INTERIOR OF THE QUARTA SANTA MARIA
The interiors, designed by interior design studio Lucio Micheletti e Partners, is sober and elegant. Below deck is a spacious ari conditioned dinette with a 230cm long table, which can accommodate up to 10 people. Separate from the dining area is the kitchen.
Of note is certainly the owner’s cabin, with a chesterfield sofa and a functional leather desk. Following a philosophy of maximum comfort, the bathroom in the owner’s cabin is separate, as is the bathroom for the two forward VIP cabins, which have large beds and Viennese style rattan wardrobes. Also to the bow are two guest cabins with bunk beds and separate bathrooms. Crew members have another two cabins, also with bathrooms.
Between 2020 and 2021, the Mostes shipyard have been carefully refitting the vessel to adapt it for charter use. For the partial reconstruction of the interior and exterior, the refit was carried out using the same materials as the original design, thereby preserving the vessel’s original style. Sangermani’s distinctive style is still there. Now all we need to do is go on board and enjoy sailing the way we used to.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – QUARTA SANTA MARIA
Total Length: 25.40 m
Water line Length: 20.50 m
Draught: 2.85 m
Displacement with full-load: 46 t
Sail surface area: 642 m3
Engines: Caterpillar 3208 TA 320 HP
Maximum speed: 11.0 kn
Cruising Speed: 10.0 kn
Shipyard: Cantieri Sangermani – Lavagna – Italy
Architect: Sparkman & Stephens – Newport – Rhode Island – USA
Refit: Cantieri Mostes – Genova Prà – Italy