Mirabella V from an over-awed engineer (PICS)

tome

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First reaction when you see her is adjusting to the immense scale of the boat. She's big with an enormous rig. She's also very beautiful, with an exquisite sheer line. I didn't believe this chap who claimed to be waxing her bikini line
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During our visit, the crew were bending on the sails ready for her imminent departure. The foresails are hoisted in their grooves by halyards, and once hoisted the halyards are replaced by gaskets - here Captain Jonno goes aloft to tie them off. Look at the size of the fittings below the first spreaders.
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Meanwhile, the crew are bending the mainsail onto the cars running up the mast. The boom is 28m long and if you added a keel would make a very decent yacht!
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Here's a shot of one of the furling frums (and our own TK), made by Bamar with the large black object being the top swivel. If you look at the next one behind Ken, you can see that the sail has been bent on and furled ready fo use. The lines hanging from the swivel are the gaskets.
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Everything looks beautifully engineered, which it needs to be. With a mast height of 290 feet, the loads are immense and need to be monitored.
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Here's a chain plate fitting with integral load cell (with the wire coming from it) which is used to measure rig tension
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The 150 ton keel sits in a keel box and is raised and lowered hydraulically by a ram. Here, it is in its 'Up' position giving the boat a draft of 4m. It can be raised another metre to what they call the 'Up-Up' position. Fully extended, the draft is 10m The lifting ram attachment is in the foreground
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This picture shows the hydraulic ram
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Mirabella V is fitted with twin MTU engines, derated to 1050 HP each.
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The engine room is state-of-the art and certified for un-manned use. There are some 150 engine room sensors which may be remotely monitored by the engineer (including in his cabin). This is one of the twin prop-shafts, complete with disk brake! Before anyone mentions the oily rag, they were working in this area.
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Next, a couple of shots of the galley which would not have shamed a small country mansion
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The 6-ring range below uses inductive hot-plates for safety. The head chef is to the right of the picture, and I think the young lass in the foreground was the sous-chef
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Attention to detail is everywhere. There are plenty of good shots on here already, but here's one of my favourite examples. A beautifully inlaid box with an image of the boat
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And finally, that garage! The whole of the rear platform can be lowered to form a slip-way from which the 30 foot Hinckley tender is launched and retieved. In this picture, it is slightly lowered from its normal closed position
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Looking around her was a great experience and I'm indebted to Joe for making it possible for us all. She's a wonderful tribute to the vision of her commissioner and owner, his dad.
 

StephenSails

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Nice photos, its nice that the owners have let the general public on for a look around, how many owners of other large luxury yachts would do that I wonder?

If you havent had enough of Mirabella photos I have been following the project from start to finish.

My construction photos are here...
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The launching of Mirabella here...
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And my look around the boat last summer....
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Next step is to take some photos of her sailing in some 20 knots of breeze! /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
 

Colin_S

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Excellent pics and commentary Tom. Coming from an engineering background myself, I can see why you were impressed.
When I first saw the rag by the prop-shaft, I thought it was a cat /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
 

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Thanks, really enjoyed looking at those and of course many thanks to Joe for letting us see them through you. Looking forward to seeing her at sea and under sail sometime.
 

Phoenix of Hamble

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Great pictures Tome.....

Anyone spotted the rod/hydraulic kicker behind the piccy of the chain plate..... its the size of a typical mast!
 
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