SYS relaunches ‘Alinda V’...

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SYS relaunches ‘Alinda V’...

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The 78ft Mylne classic underwent an extensive 12-month refit at the Southampton,Hampshire, UK-based facility.


This classic ketch Alinda V was first launched in 1934 by Alexander Stevens & Sons in Glasgow and has since spent long periods in the eastern Mediterranean.
This time last year SYS (Southampton Yacht Services) stripped out her interior to the iron frames and the teak planking, engine and tank spaces were scanned and fully engineered in Catia V/CAD software. New systems were drawn and fitted in 3D prior to installation, enabling the engineering team to work concurrently with painters, joiners and shipwrights. The engine room was extensively detailed to accommodate a new main engine, two generator sets, hydraulic system, watermaker and air-conditioning; and new fuel and water tanks, batteries, water pumps and a water treatment plant were installed into the original tank spaces.
The accommodation was slightly modified to incorporate ensuite heads for all three guest cabins; the saloon updated to include a chart table and improved stowage, while the galley and crew cabins benefited from the remodelling of the galley and crew heads. The new oak panelling faithfully copied the style of the original. Lightweight granite and marble surfaces were fitted to the heads and galley with fixtures and fittings styled to suit the period.
On deck, the rig had previously been modified in the 1960s to a Bermudan format. By fitting in-mast furling masts and furlers, the team at SYS were able to extend the spars allowing Alinda V to be fitted with her original 279m² (3,000ft²) sail plan. Combined with a full suite of hydraulic winches and power pack, this allows Alinda V to be easily sailed shorthanded. The original windlass and steering systems were refurbished, new anchor systems installed in the hull and mooring systems improved with additional fairleads. All deck equipment was returned to cast-bronze fittings. Deck hatches and the doghouse were all discreetly modified to create more space, light and ventilation. The cockpit coamings were extended to incorporate navigation repeaters from the doghouse instruments.
"The team at SYS is justifiably proud of the work we have complete,” says managing director Robert Kathro. “It was a pleasure to work on Alinda V; she looks and feels splendid, and the objectives of the project were achieved in full.”
The result of this extensive refit is that Alinda V is still instantly recognisable, both above and below deck. However, her classic lines hide a multitude of modern and practical engineering solutions that, together with her new fixtures and fittings, ensure she is perfectly equipped for life in the 21st century.

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