S/Y Sonny lll, a 91-foot (27.7m) custom cold-molded sloop, was launched in April at Brooklin Boat Yard of Brooklin, Maine, after 18 months of construction. Christened in May, the boat was built as a larger replacement for the owner’s current 70-foot yacht, also built by Brooklin Boat Yard. The owner is a retired senior with limited mobility, so the yacht was designed with numerous accessibility solutions, including chair lifts at each companionway.
Sonny III has a flush deck, a raked bow and reverse transom, a teak deck and a varnished teak toe rail. Her twin cockpit configuration keeps guests safe in the center cockpit while all sail handling is in the aft working cockpit. Low, varnished-teak cockpit coamings and canvas dodgers protect each companionway opening.
A double headsail rig is operated by hydraulic furlers built by Harken. The non-overlapping headsail configuration with chainplates pushed outboard greatly reduces loads and allows for a smaller mast section, winches and hardware. The mainsail has hydraulic in-boom furling. The carbon mast is from Offshore Spars with 3Di sails by North Sails.
The cold-molded, laminated-wood hull used West System epoxy resin and vacuum bagging. The hull and deck have carbon reinforcements in specific high-load areas. The ballast keel is a steel foil with integral tanks and a lead bulb. The rudder is a carbon spade design. Interior layout includes a crew cabin, two guest staterooms and a full beam master stateroom.
Because of the tight build schedule and other construction commitments, Brooklin Boat Yard subcontracted the hull and deck construction to Rockport Marine of Rockport, Maine.
“This project wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration and support of many partners,” said Steve White, president of Brooklin Boat Yard. “We achieved our high standard of craftsmanship within a consolidated time frame through teamwork and a shared vision.”