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Aletheia

Yacht Spotlight: Aletheia

Photography by Gilles Martin-Raget

A brand spanking new 2013-build yacht, Aletheia recently joined the immense host of charter vessels in BVI waters. A stunning boat in pristine condition, she is maintained by her very first crew, Captain Donald Harper, his wife First-Mate/Chef Audrey Harper, and Steward/Deckhand Kyle Harper.

Aletheia, the Greek word for ‘disclosure’, ‘truth’ or more accurately ‘the state of not being hidden,’ stands by its meaning in gifting guests aboard with a sincere experience in divine luxury and no restraint on service.

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The vessel—a Victoria 67—is a catamaran designed by naval architect Olivier Racoupeau, built in the Fountaine Pajot yard, with its “urban chic” interior designed by Isabelle Racoupeau, and the exterior planned under Berret-Racoupeau.

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At a comfortable speed of 12 knots, the yacht has logged approximately 7000 nautical miles to date, travelling from France to the USA and making trips between the BVI, St Thomas, St Martin, and Guadeloupe.

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Holding 10 guests in five en suite staterooms, including a Master Suite with a vast rainwater-style shower, the yacht has already catered to visitors on an international scale. Guests hailing from Europe to the USA have enjoyed the comforting queen-size beds, spacious bathrooms, and fantastically expansive on-board living spaces.

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The fly-bridge is accessible on both sides by a highly secured stairway with benches, side tables and a relaxing sofa, offering every amenity to guests that allow them to take full advantage of the sailing experience.

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An exceptional saloon with a contemporary design uses simplicity in the layout, adhering to a warm aesthetic in its entirety.

Functionality and efficiency have been incorporated between living and relaxation areas via broad passageways, permitting the option of buzzing social time or serene solitude.

Eco-cruising is a Fountaine Pajot concept, aiming to produce boats that are independent in review of energy consumption. Aletheia obeys this great notion, performing smoothly under sail owing to its square-headed mainsail and decreased windage, which authorises considerably reduced utilisation of the engines.

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Capturing the Caribbean’s naturally abundant energy source by large, high performance solar panels, which yield 680w, Aletheia is completely self-sufficient at anchor during the day. All on-board and navigation lights are LEDs, for further reduced energy consumption so it strongly upholds integrity in protecting our planet.

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It does not emerge as a surprise that Aletheia were the winners of the award for Best Multihull over 57ft at the BVI Charter Yacht Show in 2013. Complementing their early success, the Antigua Charter Yacht Show last year decorated the boat with an award in the Eco Table Setting contest in which they exhibited an amazing display.

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Additional notches on their ‘green’ ethos are found in the fact that the yacht uses biodegradable cleaning agents, encourages reef-safe products, is equipped with rain catchers, and utilises biodegradable corn bags in place of traditional black plastic bags. Hygienic aluminium bottles are exercised instead of plastic bottles and further, the yacht is fitted with a modern reverse osmosis filter system, producing its own clean, great-tasting drinking water.

Aletheia truly is a testament to the green movement that is taking hold in the BVI and an example to yachts everywhere.

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Louise Reardon, Captain and RYA Yachtmaster Instructor

Louise Reardon, Captain and RYA Yachtmaster Instructor

Louise Reardon has been sailing around the globe on private yachts since 1992 and taught sailing with Offshore Sailing School on Tortola since 2006. She holds an MCA 3000 ton Masters, is a RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, US Sailing Instructor, and has a BA hons in Asian & African Geography.
Louise Reardon, Captain and RYA Yachtmaster Instructor

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