€699,000 tax paid

Carbon performance cruiser from Luca Brenta

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelMaxi Dolphin MD65
DesignerLuca Brenta / Maxi Dolphin
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingLavagna, Italy


EngineYanmar 4JH-LTE – 125hp
Engine Hours2700
Fuel Capacity600l
Hull ConstructionCarbon Fibre & Epoxy Sandwich
Keel TypeFin Keel
Drinking Water Capacity600l


Form, function and outright performance from the legendary Maxi Dolphin and Luca Brenta. About as Italian as Ferrari or parmesan, but with a higher carbon content. Extensively refitted in 2012.


Launched in late 2004 as number three in a series of five semi-custom high performance cruisers, CHARIS has been since been extensively refitted. Whilst she is undoubtedly not short in the looks and style department, she is also a highly competitive cruiser racer, scoring 3rd in the Mini-Maxi Worlds in 2010. Currently configured for effortless short-handed fast cruising, she boasts an extremely high specification including:-
• 3-cabin, 3-heads interior layout with additional crew cabin with crew heads forward
• Yanmar 125hp diesel engine
• Retractable hydraulic bowthruster
• Retractable anchor arm
• Retractable dedicated mooring winch
• Tender garage at stern
• Nordic carbon rig with Park Avenue boom and carbon rigging
• Harken electric and hydraulic winches
• Fully-battened mainsail system with battencars
• Carimat hydraulic sail-handling system and genoa furler
• Doyle and OneSails carbon sail wardrobe
• 24vDC electrics
• 10kw Fischer Panda generator
• Watermaker
• Air-conditioning
• Fridge & freezers
• B&G instruments with mast-mounted 20/20’s and marine PC


A 65ft sail yacht, with underwater hull and outside layout featuring modern lines; very comfortable and with high performance.

This is the distinguishing mix of Luca Brenta’s project for Maxi Dolphin; a project which resulted in five yachts with different interior layouts, based on a general scheme of three double cabins, a large living room and the separate quarter for the crew.

For the Maxi Dolphin MD65 by Luca Brenta, the boatyard chose the CoreCell core sandwich construction and epoxy pre-preg composite materials, carbon fibers, glass fiber, kevlar and post-bake in the boatyard's modular oven. The hull is built over a male mould, with the structural elements already inserted, in order to make the mounting of the bulkheads, pre-built on moulds easier. The elements making up the inside compartmentalization, assembled on flexible couplings, were then fitted on the structural elements.

CHARIS is the third sailing yacht of the Maxi Dolphoin semi-custom MD65 by Luca Brenta and was launched in 2004.

The layout of the interiors features very clean lines and the traditional attention to details, the hallmark of Maxi Dolphin production since its first boat; it also shows a new solution for the boat owner cabin, located at prow. Instead of the two low beds on the sides, the boat owner for the Charis took advantage of the possible customization offered by the semi-custom concept.

Therefore Luca Brenta’s studio together with Maxi Dolphin realized a boat owner cabin featuring a double-bed on the left and a practical office-space with writing desk and a desk chair on the starboard side. The layout of the remaining rooms is unchanged, as in the other Maxi Dolphins MD65 by Luca Brenta, with the floor plate made up of teak ‘tiles’, arranged in a contrasting grain pattern.

An absolutely personal solution, which makes the Maxi Dolphin MD65 series by Luca Brenta standing out even more.


From sailing to motor yachts, Luca Brenta’s style is absolutely unmistakable, full of innovation and research, combined with the utmost elegance of lines.

A research dating back to the end of the 70s, when Luca Brenta debutted with a ¼ Ton boat followed, in 1987, by the many times winning one-tonner MARISA. The performances and the qualities of the racers are also found on the cruising yachts by Luca Brenta, whose studio, the Luca Brenta Design, was joined by Lorenzo Argento, the current art director, in 1988. In the same way innovation and elegance of lines are the features of the motor yachts. A series of elements expressed by the slogan of the studio: Technology meets Design. The first cooperation of Luca Brenta Design with Maxi Dolphin is the MD 65, a sloop of very modern design and with light displacement, realized in five models, each one with a different interior layout. The MD65 series is then followed by the TP52 Astro, a racing yacht made of composites, using the most advanced construction technologies.


Utmost elegance, use of the most advanced technologies and of the new project visions in the continuous search for beauty: this is the course followed by Maxi Dolphin since 1987.

"Beauty? It’s something that makes you feel good, therefore something very individual. To me it means order, harmony and sharing. No beautiful thing makes sense if you cannot share it with others". With this vision, along with his passion for the sea, boats and nature, in 1987 Vittorio Moretti created the Maxi Dolphin boatyard.

The first boat built by Maxi Dolphin was the 73ft CARMEN DI BELLAVISTA, designed by Bruce Farr, followed by the maxi 118 ft VIRIELLA, designed by Germán Frers. Two boats built according to that search for innovation, which is the basis of the Moretti Group, operating not only in the boating sector, but also in that of industrialized building , as well as in the top class enological, hotel and catering sectors.

A long number of sailing boats followed CARMEN DI BELLAVISTA and VIRIELLA: standard monotypes (over 300 produced Dolphin 81) and from 75 to 100 ft One-Off sailing boats, the outcome of the cooperation with the main yacht designers.

Roberto Starkel, Germán Frers, Bruce Farr, Luca Brenta Design, Bill Tripp, Finot-Conq are some of the designers for Maxi Dolphin, which in 2007 launched the MD Power: an innovative line of motor yachts, built using the same technologies of sailers and applying the same concept of custom-made, the real hallmark of all Maxi Dolphin boats.



RCD Status:
• CE Certification - A

Hull Construction:
• Hull built on male mould, with SP system SE84 epoxy pre-preg composite materials including carbon, Kevlar and E-glass with Corecell core sandwich
• The hull is post-cured at controlled 85 degrees temperature ensure the stability in time of the laminate.
• Main structural elements are put into place at the time of moulding to ensure easy mounting of the bulkheads, pre-built on moulds.
• Hull spray painted in dark blue – 2012
• Speedy Carbonium performance antifouling system
• Hull windows in each side of hull with high-thickness glazing.

Deck & Superstructure Construction:
• Same as hull construction
• Teak laid side decks, cockpit seating & cockpit sole – replaced 2012
• Exposed deck and superstructure areas spray painted in white finish.

Keel & Rudder:
• Iron keel with lead bulb, attached to hull with stainless steel bolts.
• Balanced rudder


Engine & gearbox:
• Yanmar 4JH-LTE 4-cylinder turbo-charge diesel engine producing 125hp
• Engine overhauled - 2012
• Shaft drive gearbox
• Fresh¬water cooled engine.
• Single lever engine control.
• Engine hours 2700, November 2017

Propulsion & Steering:
• 3-bladed Gori folding propeller with overdrive
• Max-Power R200 hydraulic retractable bowthruster
• Elica Gori mechanical direct steering system
• Twin wheel steering with carbon wheels and custom carbon helm pedestals - 2012
• Emergency tiller.


Voltage systems:
• 24vDC domestic systems with additional 12vDC system and 220vAC via shore-power, generator or inverter – electrical system refitted 2012

Battery Banks:
• 1 x Engine start battery bank – 2012
• 1 x Generator Start Battery - 2012
• 12 x 12v joined in parallel for 24v Service battery bank - 2012

Charging & Inverter:
• 12vDC battery charter
• 24vDC battery charger
• Inverter

• 12vDC Engine-mounted alternator
• 24vDC secondary alternator for service batteries

• Fischer Panda 10kw generator
• Generator overhauled – 2012
• Generator hour 300 h/m November 2017

Other Electrical:
• 220v shore power with isolator and circuit breaker


Fresh Water:
• The hot freshwater circuit is led into a well-insulated hot water tank, heated by engine or 230v AC immersion heater element
• 24vDC pressure pumps

• Tecnicomar reverse-osmosis watermaker with 90 litres per hour output.

Bilge Pumps:
• Electric bilge pumps
• Manual bilge pump
• Electric shower drain pumps


• 600 litres fuel capacity in stainless steel tanks

Fresh Water:
• 600 litres fresh water capacity in stainless steel tanks

Holding Tank:
• Blackwater holding tank


On deck:
• B&G Hydra wind, depth, speed
• 4 x 20/20 B&G maxi displays at mast
• 2 x B&G FFD multi-function displays for helm pedestals
• New touch controls (2012)
• Raytheon ST7001 type-300 24vDC autopilot
• B&G Halcyon 2000 electronic compass.
• Steering compasses

Aft chart table:
• GPS receiver
• Raytheon RL70CRC 7’’ radar with antenna
• B&G FFD display for the chart table
• Marine PC with LCD screen
• Deckman for Windows, racing program for PC
• MAXSEA Time Zero Navigation program & PC - 2012
• B&G Hercules 2000 + Performance Processor

Communications Equipment:
• Raymarine Ray230e VHF with DSC
• Ericsson satellite telephone
• Onboard Wi-Fi LAN with 3G router


• Alpes stainless steel cooker with 2x gas burners, 1x electric burner and oven.
• Fridge
• Freezer

• Electric freshwater heads in guest cabins
• Manual marine heads in crew cabin
• Hot & cold pressurised water supplies with shower in heads

• ClimmaAir 220vAC reverse-cycle air-conditioning system with 6 fan units

• 20” Sharp LCD TV in saloon
• Apple TV – 2012
• Sonos component stereo system with 2 units – 2012


Summary of Accommodation:
• Up to 8 berths plus crew in forward master cabin and two twin aft cabins. 3 guest heads plus further crew heads.

Accommodation Finish:
• Interior finishes in teak, painted laminate surfaces and stainless steel
• Teak floors
• White panelled headlinings
• Upholsteries replaced 2012 (cushions, mattresses and saloon sofas)

Accommodation Layout from Forward:
• Crew cabin in forepeak with single berth.
• Ensuite heads in crew cabin with heads, shower and sink.
• Master cabin heads with laminated furniture. Separate shower cubicle. Electric heads.
• Master cabin with offset double berth to port. Single berth to starboard. Cabinets, counters and two hanging lockers.
• Saloon with settees to port and starboard. Dining table to port with 4x individual chairs.
• Galley aft of saloon area to starboard in L-shaped configuration with twin stainless steel sinks, various drawers, locker and cupboards.
• Chart table area aft of saloon area to port with sideways facing seat and AC/DC panels.
• Twin symmetrical aft cabins with twin beds, hanging lockers, chests of drawers between beds.
• Ensuite heads for both aft cabins with electric heads and dedicated shower cubicles.


• Nordic Spars carbon fibre mast and Park Avenue boom – spars checked 2012
• Fractional rig
• 3-sets of swept-back spreaders
• Carbo-Link carbon composite standing rigging – 2012
• Carimat below-deck hydraulic furler for jib
• Carimat hydraulic sail control system controlling genoa, mainsail, genoa halyards and outhaul – overhauled 2012
• Block & tackle backstay adjustment
• Carbon retractable bowsprit for code-sail
• Low-friction mainsail track on mast with battencar system
• Fixed-point mainsheet system
• Running rigging replaced 2012
• I = 24.35m, J = 7.00m, P = 25.55m, E = 9.35m
• White sail area – 244sqm
• 2:1 main halyards
• Hydraulic jib sheet magic trim

• 2x Harken 2-speed self-tailing hydraulic primary winches
• 2x Harken 2-speed self-tailing electric halyard winches at mast

• OneSails Carbon Millenium GP mainsail – 2010
• OneSails Carbon Millenium GP No.2 jib – 2010
• OneSails Carbon Millenium GP No.3.5 jib – 2010
• OneSails Carbon Millenium GP mainsail – 2010
• OneSails warp-orientated A2 - 2010
• Doyle D4 carbon/Kevlar fully-battened mainsail
• Doyle D4 carbon/Kevlar furling jib
• Doyle Stratis D4 carbon/Kevlar medium/light racing jib
• Doyle Stratis D4 carbon/Kevlar medium/heavy racing jib
• Reacher Gennaker
• Runner Gennaker
• VMG Gennaker
• Doyle Dacron storm jib
• Doyle Dacron storm trysail

• Double stainless lifelines
• Swimming ladder
• Cockpit table
• Hydraulic drop-down bathing platorm giving access to tender garage
• Lopo Lights LED navigation lights - 2012
• Carbon antenna mast at transom
• Composite flush-deckhead hatches - 2012

Anchoring & Mooring:
• Retractable anchor arm
• Reversing 24vDC electric anchor windlass - 2012
• Anchor with 12mm chain
• Sanguinetti retractable mooring winch
• Fenders & warps

Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
• Sprayhood
• Boom awning
• Cockpit cushions – 2012
• Aft deck sun-bathing cushions - 2012

Tender & Outboard:
• Novamarine RH260 inflatable
• Yamaha 10hp outboard engine


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Viewing arrangements

Lying Lavagna, Italy

Available to view strictly by appointment

Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
Saturday by prior appointment

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

Lead Broker: Michele Antonini – Grabau International (Italia)
Tel: +39 333 74 89 281
Email: enquiries@grabauinternational.com

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