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1985 Custom 12 Meter Class - America's Cup Yacht - $95,000

Hello all,

We're offering S/V Azzurra for sale as a truly unique and exquisitely historic vessel. Designed by Andrea Vallicelli as Azzurra II, the Italian Challenge for the 1987 America's Cup, she is a 12 Metre class yacht, converted after her AC debut to a cruising-capabale performance vessel. Boasting her original mast and standing rod rigging, although modified above and below deck to accommodate shorthanded sailing, Azzurra is remarkably unique, and looking for a new home. Currently located in St. Maarten, she has had a very recent overhaul of nearly all systems, including a 2015 Beta Marine 90hp diesel engine (with shaft, strut, and J-prop) all new running rigging and backstays, improved sheeting systems, roller furling headsail, galley, head, and cabin amendments, and new electronics, autopilot, and fresh water systems.

Currently able to be sailed shorthanded, Azzurra is unprecedented among fellow 12 Metre yachts, yet still maintains her stallion reputation and ability as a performance sailboat. In the last year alone, she has blasted from Florida to Antigua, and cruised the Caribbean magnificently. While ready for an updated paint job, Azzurra still stands proud and reliable - a genuinely capable yacht ready to be cherished under new ownership.

Vessel Name & Registry
St. Augustine, Florida, USA

Builder & Designer History
Studio Andrea Vallicelli & Co.
Industrie Mechaniche Scardellato - 1985
Original Owner: Consorzio Azzurra Sfida Italy America's Cup
Original Homeport: Porto Cervo, Italy
Original Sail Number: I-8

Current Location
Simpson Bay, Saint Martin

Dimensions & Specifications
LOA: 19.98 m
LWL: 13.87 m
Beam: 3.81 m
Draft: 2.72 m
Displacement: 24 tons
Sail Area: 164 sq. m.
Engine: 2015 Beta Marine 90hp diesel

Presently, her hull requires attention to several areas upon which the paint & fairing are peeling from the aluminum (see photos). Built of solid aluminum top and bottom, the project to revitalize her hull cosmetically poses a mild hurdle, and she is capable of shining brilliantly again with moderate effort.

Azzurra has a large wing keel, with aft-mounted trim tab rudder, and generously sized spade primary rudder. Consequently, she is confidently handled in strong weather helm conditions, with the trim tab controlled by an inner steering wheel. Her rudder post, steering cables, and trim tab shaft were serviced and inspected in 2015, with new turnbuckles and tightening, as well as u-joints installed on the trim tab shaft to accommodate her new engine.

Previous ownership modified the deck layout extensively from the original America's Cup 12 Metre racing format to accommodate more comfortable and conscious offshore sailing capabilities. Azzurra kept her Lewmar 3-speed jib sheeting coffee-grinders and pedestal, but moved all halyard, mainsheet, traveler, and running backstay lines into one tastefully teak-lined cockpit.

She has Lewmar 65 winches for running backstays and Lewmar 48 winches for the mainsheet, boom vang, and traveler. An electric powered Quick winch assists with mainsail halyard hoisting.

There are numerous jib/genoa traveler tracks still present on her deck, however, her current 120% roller furling jib sheets to only one of these sets, with cars attached. A Harken MKIV roller furling unit was installed in 2015, with modified forestay deck attachment.

Azzurra was outfitted with a custom designed interior for cruising by her previous owner. Moving aft-fore, she has a cozy galley area to starboard, with fresh and salt water at the sink, and pilot station w/ berth to port. Next a single head w/ electric toilet & macerator to starboard, and fridge unit w/ prep station to port. Continuing into the main salon, the primary navigation station is to starboard, and another single "coffin" berth to port. The salon hosts a large table and couch settee to port, and single couch/day bunk to starboard. Continuing past the mast and into the forward cabin, a double bunk to port and single to starboard, with storage below each. In the forepeak a spacious storage area exists with weather gear">foul weather gear rack, storage shelves, tool space, and sail lockers in the bow. New LED lights illuminate the main cabin area.

Her engine occupies a sizable region forward of the companionway steps, and a box housing the new Beta 90hp was constructed to serve concomitantly as table space.

Mast & Boom
Her mast is the original sans hydraulics, with the upper spreaders fixed to a conservative and moderate bend tension configuration. The original rod rigging shrouds are attached, and have been dutifully inspected and lubed regularly with no incident.

Her boom was modified to an aluminum custom size and design in the 1990s, but facilitates 3 reef points in the mainsail. The running backstays were replaced in 2015 by Nance & Underwood Rigging in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Azzurra has an original spinnaker pole on deck, although presently she is not rigged for flying a kite.

Sails and Rigging
New running rigging for the mainsheet, jib sheet, traveler, vang, backstays, main & jib halyards, and furling lines were installed in 2015.

Sail Inventory:
- Primary mainsail (w/ 3 reef points)
- Spare main
- Primary 120% jib (on furler)
- Spare genoa (hank-on)
- 2x spinnakers

Electronics & Mechanical
2015 Simrad electronics were professionally installed and integrated in Jacksonville, FL including:

Simrad NSS 7 GPS chartplotter
Simrad Autopilot with AP28 controller unit
Simrad RS 12 VHF unit

West Marine 12V #1 and #2 panels installed 2015

3 x AGM 200AH 12V house batteries
2 x gel 12V secondary house batteries
1 x 12V starter battery

110V shorepower system with battery charger

2015 Beta Marine 90hp Diesel Engine
100 amp alternator
ProMariner smart charger
Custom tapered (Tyler Dominey Metal - Brunswick, GA)
J-Prop propeller

10ft Caribe dinghy w/ 5hp Mercury outboard
Numerous spare pumps, filters, fittings, housings, fasteners, joiners, and lubricants
Extensive & complete tools set
Quick anchor windlass
Swim ladder
RapidDitch ditch bag
2 x Bruce type 35lb custom anchors
1 x Danforth Fortress type 65lb anchor
100ft chain + 250ft rode
Zodiac Open Sea ISO 9650 6 person life raft
Spare winch handles
ACR EPIRB w/ bracket

Currently located in Simpson Bay (French), Saint Martin, and eagerly inviting showcases & sea trials. All offers will be considered and entertained as we are motivated and excited to sell, and willing to relocate the boat.

All interested parties are encouraged to contact:

Vincent Mattiola
or PM me here in CF
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