I have been the Captain since the present owner purchased her in 2008. The owner and I have had almost a twenty year association through three boats.
Our previous yacht, Dione Star, a 126 foot steel and Aluminium, Dutch built ketch, took us to Antarctica, Greenland and around the world and we both loved her. However we are both slowing up with age and the owner wished for more comfort, and more range. I wished to get away from steel hulls, have more comfort for all the crew, and have more range. We searched for months and then the owner found our princess just as she was first listed after a very extensive rebuild in Holland. (There are refits and there are refits. ‘Putty VI’ was rebuilt below and ‘as new’ everywhere else.) Originally called ‘Turmoil’, she was a breakthrough boat built in the famous Palmer Johnson yard in the USA to a Dutch Vripack design in all Aluminium to massive scantlings suited to expedition work.
Under her original ownership’ ‘Turmoil’ had spent many summers cruising in the Arctic and been the first yacht ever to circumnavigate North America unaided. It all sounded good to us as a North West Passage expedition was part of our plans.
Our surveyor’s comment on the hull and integral tanks said simply ‘as new’; don’t you love Aluminium!
The Engineer stayed with Turmoil/Putty VI now Dione Sky for continuity but most of our key people came over from ‘Dione Star’.
We had a four year program of cruising planned. Our unofficial base ‘if we have one’ is Antigua. A boat like Dione Sky doesn’t really need a base! We cruised the Caribbean winter 08/09, through Panama and down the west coast of South America through the Patagonian Canals. We then spent early 2010 cruising the Antarctic Peninsula crossing the Antarctic Circle before returning to a winter Caribbean Cruise via the East coast of South America. Needless to say we visited dozens of our old favourite ports and a lot of new ones as well. Then it was up to Greenland via the Dereckor Shipyard in Connecticut for the North-West Passage. We were the first non icebreaker through in 2010 and we did it by a route that we understand has never been achieved by a yacht before - the Prince of Wales Channel. After time on the West Coast of North America we returned to Antigua via Panama to complete our figure of eight circumnavigation of all the Americas. For this voyage we won the ‘Neptune’ trophy, given to us at the Super Yacht Awards at the Guildhall in London in 2011.
After a winter cruise in the Caribbean 2010/11 we sailed for the Baltic Sea for the summer, a highlight of which was a passage through the canals and locks in Russia into the Finnish Lakes. Then followed another Caribbean season and 2012’s cruise to the East Med and Black Sea.
In all this time Dione Sky has performed exactly to expectations and always on time. She is a good sea boat but depends on her big stabilizers for comfort. They were renewed, enlarged and upgraded in 2007 to the latest specification zero speed models.
She has a massive range depending on the speed required. It must be in the range of nine thousand miles at reduced speed. At normal cruising speed of around twelve knots, we have just been from Antigua in the Caribbean to Montenegro (duty free fuel at each end!) via France, Venice Italy and the length of Croatia. I might add that the original owner and her short term second owner installed only the very best equipment available, the present owner has had to do very little reequipping, the only exception perhaps is the FLIR infrared camera with a large flat screen, upgraded depth sounders, an up to date electronic charting system and of course new computers and screens and finally we replaced the two tenders with new more powerful US built 6.5 meter RIB jets.
It is obvious that the three owners have never considered the cost when it came to the fabric of the boat itself. The ‘Turmoil’ / ‘Putty VI’ / ‘Dione Sky’ has never been a commercial operation but owned and loved by wealthy individuals and run by some of the most experienced Captains in the industry. Not surprising considering her unique history.
Brian Harrison - Master Yacht Dione Sky
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