The steel-hulled sailing superyacht L’Aquila II is looking more and more like the cruiser her owner cannot wait to board this summer. Mengi Yay Yachts has launched the long-anticipated project, plus stepped her mast.
The Turkey-based builder, which delivered the motoryacht Sea Star last year, started construction on the sloop in late 2019. Representing its largest contract to date, L’Aquiila II is 139 feet (42.5 meters) in length. Further worth special note, the yacht has an aluminum and composite superstructure.
Alternately referred to by her hull number, NB99, the yacht features both naval architecture as well as styling by Ginton Naval Architects. The studio has engineered her to take the owner’s party of 10 people on leisurely cruises. For assistance in repositioning, twin Yanmar engines should provide a good 8 knots of speed, too.
With an interior from Rush Design, L’Aquila II has a beamy, 29’8” (9.08-meter) stance. This should translate well to the master suite, two VIP staterooms, and two traditional guest cabins. Equally as traditional, the owner wanted the interior design to incorporate classically nautical navy blue details—the same as the hull paint color.
Run by a crew of six who have four cabins, the yacht welcomes guests outside, too. One special request is a set of elegant cavalry stairs extending from the aft cockpit to the water.
L’Aquila II is remaining dockside at the shipyard through the end of June. At that point, sea trials should begin, and the last finishing touches should go onboard.
Ginton Naval Architects ginton.com
Mengi Yay Yachts mengiyay.com