Turquoise 51m Sailing Sloop Rainbow II In Construction

By George Bains

Turquoise Yachts has confirmed that construction is well underway on the 51m Classic Sloop Rainbow II. Rainbow II pays homage to the era of the big classic yachts of the early 1900s, offering a back-to-the-roots classical sailing experience packed with contemporary comfort features.

The hull of Rainbow II was first developed in the Netherlands, before being purchased by the Turkish superyacht builder. Since becoming a Turquoise project, the 51m schooner platform has been re-designed by Dykstra Naval Architects as a sloop, with an interior designer by deVosdeVries design, and is currently under construction at Turquoise’s Istanbul shipyard.

Rainbow II features long overhangs and an elegant sheer line which give her a distinct classical appearance, while high bulwarks provide a smooth and pleasurable experience at sea. The main deckhouse salon will provide guests with sweeping views all around, while the adjacent main cockpit offers a cosy place to enjoy the sailing and ample space for al-fresco dining.

The modern sloop rig results in efficient sailing performance, using modern technology to ensure easy and safe handling of the sails. A side boarding platform allows easy access to the sea as well as tender boarding.

The sumptuous semi-classic interior by deVosdeVries provides ample space for large families, while the styling is lightly reminiscent of the historic big class racing yachts, with a general finish of lacquered mahogany and delicate panel detailing on the main walls and cabinetry. Finer detailing is enriched with ebony inlays and burl veneer tops.

Large windows surrounding the main deckhouse salon flood the space with natural light, while also treating guests to panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding scenery. The salon is the focal point of Rainbow II, complete with a large 12-person dining table, lounge area, and pantry while it is also directly connected to the large exterior cockpit.

Guests of Rainbow II area accommodated in five luxurious cabins, with flexibility for a sixth cabin made available through the convertible Lower Deck Lounge. A full width stateroom down below will give the Owner their private space in the aft of the boat, with a large double bed directly below a skylight.

Further forward along a large central corridor there are four guest cabins made up of a VIP, two twins and a double, each with its own dedicated bathroom. The lower salon on portside serves as an entertainment area and incorporates dayhead functionality.

The sofa can be converted in order to sleep an additional two persons, which brings the total number of guests to twelve. The crew area is located forward of the mast and houses the galley, crew mess and 4 cabins, sleeping 9 crew. A dedicated crew entrance provides access to the foredeck. The aft deckhouse will be predominantly for crew use and houses the navigation area. While at anchor, and access to the stateroom below can be opened, so this space and the cockpit behind can double as an extended Owner’s area.

Rainbow II is a unique and exciting project with a strong connection the yachting heritage, and will be a fine addition to the stellar Turquoise Yachts fleet.

By George Bains
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