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15-10-2015

An unprecedented dismasting: 82 meters of S/Y KOKOMO's mast

Last week, on a great morning, the dismasting of the highest mast dismantled in the Balearics took place at STP Shipyard Palma. For this maneuver, it was necessary to hire a 500TN crane, especially brought over from the mainland. The dismasting in question was for the 82-meter mast of sailing yacht KOKOMO.

The maneuver was performed with incredible precision. It should be highlighted the perfect synchrinization between the ship’s crew, the rope and rigging men, and the crane masters. About 15 people worked throughout the morning to remove the entire mast, starting with the boom to the main mast. In the words of Captain Adam Painter, "everything was very smooth and very efficient thanks to a very professional team."

For about 5 months, all kinds of work will be performed in this extraordinary sailing yacht KOKOMO, among which will include the refitting and painting of the mast, which is done every 5 years, also painting of the superstructure, as well as various engineering works.

Its annual visit to STP Shipyard Palma is usual since Painter believes that "I find these facilities the best in the Mediterranean. It gives you the freedom to choose your own contractors, and we have a great network of contractors we have built up during the past 20 years. I’ve never had a negative experience in STP, I enjoy STP and I love the idea of how it has been created, to give captains and owners the freedom to choose the contractors and there’s no commission on top of everything, which is the reason why I generally shy away from other shipyards”.

As soon as they finish with all the maintenance works, they’ll head to the Caribbean for the winter. While in the European summer, they sail around the eastern and western waters of the Mediterranean.

This great superyacht of 58meters in length was launched in New Zealand in 2010. It was designed by Dubois Naval Architects and built by Alloy Yachts. It is the third superyacht named KOKOMO –originally was named KOKOMO III- built for the same owner. Besides being the largest one, it is the result of a successful evolution with cutting edge technology. It can accomodate up to 10 guests in 5 cabins: the owner’s cabin, two double cabins and two individual cabins.

Contrary to what is stated in some web pages, S/Y KOKOMO is not a charter superyacht.

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