Price Reduction – 2003 Maxi Dolphin MD65


Grabau International is delighted to announce the price reduction of the 2003 Maxi Dolphin MD65 ‘KALAO’.

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


Launched in late 2003 as number two in a series of five semi-custom high-performance cruisers, KALAO, former MARIPOSA, has been well maintained since her launch. Whilst she is undoubtedly not short in the looks and style department, she is also a highly competitive cruiser-racer, as one of the MD65 scoring 3rd in the Mini-Maxi Worlds in 2010. Currently, under her third ownership 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
• 24vDC electrics
• 10kw Fischer Panda generator
• Watermaker
• Air-conditioning
• Fridge & freezers
• 20/20’s and marine PC


Mariposa, then TT Mean Machine, now is the second of the Maxi Dolphin semi-custom MD65 series from Luca Brenta and was launched in 2003.

Like for Only Lu, the first of the series, the construction accomplished under the sign of lightness, thanks to the use of state-of-the-art composite materials, the Sprint technology and the male mould allowed to keep the displacement of this 20-meter sailing yacht under 18 tons. The layout of the interiors of the Mariposa features, starting from the prow, the boat owner cabin with two low beds on the sides, the open space living room with dining and lounge area, kitchen and chart table in the middle and, at stern, two cabins with twin beds also with private bathroom as the boat owner cabin.

The twin-bed crew cabin is located at the extreme prow. Under the large space at stern of the two posts of the steersman, there is a large garage which can host a 3.80 meter custom tender. The garage is entered by lifting the stern transom.


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.

Maxi Dolphin MD65 – Kalao – Now Asking Euro 590,000 VAT paid – full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.

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