It’s always impressive to see a superyacht with sails fully unfurled, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out how large those sails are. These images from New Zealand-based Doyle Sails, of the gennaker for the sailing yacht Encore, put things into good perspective. They show the logo for Encore being painted by hand on Doyle Sails’ loft floor. Compare the size of the painter to the stretch of sail he’s situated on, and you gain a whole new perspective.
Unfortunately, the exact measurements of Encore’s gennaker, and her overall sailplan, haven’t been released. But, we can tell you that Encore herself is currently under construction at fellow New Zealand firm Alloy Yachts, nearing launch. (The contract was announced by Alloy Yachts in 2011 and referred to only by her hull number, AY45.) She’ll measure 144 feet (43.9 meters) LOA and bears design work by Dubois Naval Architects.
The megayacht was commissioned by a couple who have spent more than a dozen years cruising aboard another Alloy, Eclipse. Doyle Sails supplied the sails for that megayacht, too.
For a great time-lapse video showing Encore’s gennaker being painted, visit Doyle Sails’ Facebook page.