The current owners have used MARIA ALBA II purely for cruising with family and friends. Her home port is on the mainland of Spain.
Originally built as Leopard of London, she was launched in June 2000.
The yacht was designed to have the performance to compete in regattas coupled with the luxury to charter. Acquired by the current owners in 2006 the yacht was renamed Maria Alba and has undergone steady improvement since. This has included: New engine and new teak decks, in 2012. Other upgrades include new 18kva genset 2010. New bowthruster 2008. New main 2011. The interior has also been completely refurbished and modernised including soft furnishings.
October 2014 the yacht completed a full standing rigging check, the mast was out and all parts checked / replaced as required.
Summer 2016 did she did some Med cruising to France and Corsica and the Balearics.
During 2017 the yacht cruised around the Balearic Islands and then on to Croatia. Winter 2017/18 she is being serviced and some areas will benefit from updates.
Contact us to arrange a visit on board.
Simon J Turner
Northrop and Johnson Spain
+34 639 701234
Acquired by the current owners in 2006 the yacht was renamed Maria Alba II and has undergone steady improvement since. Whilst most modifications have been aimed at improving her usability as a cruising yacht, a strict weight budget of one ton was adhered to in order not to overly affect her sailing characteristics. A full list of recent refitting works is included at the end of this specification - below is a summary.
The current owners have used MARIA ALBA II purely for cruising with family and friends. The yacht always had full crew and professional maintenance. Mostly the yacht has been used in the Mediterranean but she did cross for one winter to the Caribbean (so did two trans-atlantics – there and back). Otherwise they have enjoyed her only during the Mediterranean summer seasons. Usually with thirty straight days each summer coastal cruising, and almost always on anchor at night. Places visited have included, Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Balearics.
Her home port is on the mainland of Spain.
Maria Alba II was originally built as Leopard of London. Launched in June 2000, the yacht was designed to have the performance to compete in regattas coupled with the luxury to charter.
The yacht was conceived, built and engineered by a team of the highest pedigree: Reichel/Pugh as the design team; Green Marine of Southampton built the hull, deck and primary structures; Ken Freivokh Designs handled the yacht's interior and exterior design; Southampton Yacht Services ran the systems designs and implementation. At approx 45 tons displacement and with ample sail area, she is clearly able to deliver on the performance, while her luxury accommodations (considerably upgraded in the last years) attest to her excellent cruising suitability.
As Leopard of London she was a keen competitor on the racing circuit worldwide, competing in the Fastnet, Sydney-Hobart, and Middle Sea Race, among others. She broke the record in the Round-the-Island race (Isle of Wight) in 2001. However she was always a comfortable yacht and held MCA classification until 2009.
Green Marine Carbon composite hull mould.
The hull is built of pre preg carbon, Kevlar and E-glass on a Nomex core, (except in high load areas where the core is eliminated in favour of solid laminate). Epoxy resin was used throughout.
Awlgrip paint system – topsides painted in navy blue, in 2008.
New teak laid decks, 2012, with 8mm thickness.
Carbon blade rudder and stock.
Dual steering wheels, lightweight steering quadrant bolted to single rudder stock.
Emergency tiller in lazarette.
Yanmar 4LHA-STP 240hp diesel engine, approx hours 630 at March 2015
ZF 63 gearbox, ratio 2.81 vertical offset, reverse reduction marine transmission
Approx cruise speed under power 12knots
Speed under sail 12 to 20+ knots
Gori 28” folding prop with overdrive, 2008
50mm stainless shaft
Aquadrive, antivibration coupling, renewed 2010.
Hydraulics: Lewmar Commander driving winches
Bow Thruster: MaxPower - Retractable S04 R300, 25 Kw, installed April 2008.
Max hydraulic power 25kw, dual-prop 3-blade.
1x Fisher Panda 10 KVA (2008) Installed in lazarette. 1693 hours, at March 2015
1x Kohler 18 KVA (2010), Installed under central unit of crew area. 1663 hours, at March 2015
B&G Hercules 2000 & 3000 including FFDs at chart table.
B&G 40/40 pod on mast.
B&G Wind / depth / log Processor
Simrad GB40 plotter on four screens (2010)
1 Leica MX412 DGPS
2 Furuno GP-31
Navtex: Furuno NX300
E-charts on nav station computer
Immersat Mini M Thrane & Thrane TT-3064
Satcom C - data only system.
Navicom VHF radio with AIS and MOB bracelet system.
ICOM 810 SSB radio
(fuller details available)
Owner stateroom forward with centreline double bed.
Double guest cabin to port.
Twin guest cabin to starboard.
Both guest cabins have a removable pipe berth to sleep a third person.
Two crew cabins aft, one double, one twin bunks upper/lower
(The full specification includes an interior walkthrough)
Four burner Bosch electric stove, provided with fiddles
Extractor hood over oven / hob.
Freezer Domestic 220V (Under Counter)
Freezer in Lazarette
Refrigerator- Iceberg Fridge system
U-line ice-maker, model 55 - 7kg/day
24V DC system. 220 Volt AC system 50 Hz.
Shore Power: 220V AC system 50 Hz 64 Amp.
Charles 12 KVA / 50 Amp Isolation Transformer.
Inverter: 24 V DC to 220 V AC, 2500 Watt. Second 1500 Watt invertir.
House / Service: 1500 Ah 24V - Sonnenschien A602 / 1200Ah - dryfit technology, gel-deep cycle, 2 volt vertical cells (03 / 2008).
Navigation: 150Ah 12V Hankook Calcium MF 160 G51R - Maintenance free - 12V 120Ah at 5hr,150Ah at 20Hr.
Emergency Navigation: 100Ah 12V. Wet cell.
Starting battery: 240Ah 12V + 80Ah 12V Rombat Heavy Duty PHM 135, 12V 135AH.
Bow thruster: 150 Ah 24V Exide maxxima deep cycle 12 * 12 volt * 50Ah = 300Ah @ 24v
Deck wash / fire pump.
High speed PTO bilge/fire pump
Electric bilge/fire pump Type Giannesci. 1.5 kW 24 volt.
4 x Rule 3700 electrical bilge pumps.
Manual bilge pump
Automated Water Ballast System 6 tons, 3 tons each tank.
SPARS & RIGGING
October 2014 the yacht completed a full standing rigging check, the mast was out and all parts checked / replaced as required. Full details available on request.
Carbon fibre mast and boom by Hall Spars, painted white.
Five spreader rig with discontinuous rod rigging.
Harken Furler for headstay.
Navtec hydraulic systems for back stay adjustment, mainsail out haul, inner forestay, and boom vang.
2 x Genoa Car systems Frederiksen
Traveller Car system Frederiksen bush-button hydraulic operation and dump
Lewmar Commander hydraulic power pack
North 3DL mainsail (april 2011)
North Jib, new 2017
(further list to be confirmed)
CD player in saloon & cabins
BOSE home entertainment system
DVD - Video - CD- CDR- MP3.
Loewe TV 32 inch LCD
Carbon fibre gangway multiplex. 2 lifelines.
2 x 8 persons Zodiac liferaft
1 x 6 persons Zodiac liferaft
1 x 30 man platform style liferaft
18 x Inflatable harness/life jackets
18 x Life Jackets
Anchoring & Mooring:
CQR 140 lbs anchor,
100 m of 12mm grade 40 chain
Dinghies & outboards
REFITS & GENERAL HISTORY since 2006:
Bought yacht in UK 2006 and sailed her to the Mediterranean / Spain.
December 2006 sailed to the Caribbean, returning in May 2007 to Spain.
Summer 2007 participated in the Super Yacht Cup.
November 2007 the main refit was started with the yacht in Palma de Mallorca. This 2008 refit included:
New, more powerful but lighter aircon.
Increased shore power capacity
Bow thruster installed.
New batteries (that would make them old now)
Increased fridge and freezer capacity
More privacy for galley.
Increased headroom in crew berths.
Second generator added. Super silent sound shield as well.
Complete rig overhaul done.
Complete repaint on exterior.
Interior refinished (wood retreated) in 2008 for the saloon, (2010 for the guest areas).
Summer 2008 – cruising to Greece and Croatia. Returning to Spain for the winter.
Summer 2009 – similar cruise schedule to eastern Med area.
Kohler generator replaced.
Dedicated Simrad Nav system added.
Partial replacement of B and Gs.
New VHF system
Running rigging replacements (runners, checkstays, backstay, innerstay, sheets).
Visual rig inspection.
Summer cruise again to east Med area.
In 2011 the new mainsail was supplied.
In 2012 again major works and upgrades were made including new engine and new teak decks.
Afterwards a summer cruise to Turkey.
In 2013 the yacht had very light use – more or less just day sailing from her home port.
October 2014, MARIA ALBA II had a full rig check.
The mast was out.
They replaced all diagonals and all jumpers. Their tip turnbuckles and top stemballs were also replaced. The microtangs were reused, as were the D1 turnbuckles
All Verticals were NDT’d using penetrating dye testing, by a surveyor and of those, two were found to have small faults.
On those, (Starboard V2 and V3) Rods were replaced and the seats were reworked to have a Navtec interior.
The surveyor was Ignacio de Llano of DE LLANO & BALCELLS S.L. from Palma.”
The forestay was already checked and re-headed in July 2014.
This work followed recommendations from one or several of the principal rod rigging manufacturers for rig maintenance scheduling.
The rig should be good for another four years on all the rod rigging sections of the standing rigging.”
New Bimini and frame
New BWA “Four Four” 14ft dinghy with a new Yamaha 4 stroke 40hp engine
New North jib sail
New Future Fibre inner stay