The Dynamic Duo has nothing on Dorothy III, the 147-foot expedition yacht that took refueling to a new level, and its 63-foot sport fishing sidekick, Publish a. Since Dorothy IIIBuilt in 2007 at the Cheoy Lee Shipyard, the Ron Holland-designed yacht has traveled to over 75 countries, covering over 140,000 nautical miles. But it’s her two-year long-distance cruising relationship with Publish a which has extended the realm of possibilities into the world of superyachts.
âWe’ve always had an aggressive cruising program, but over the years it’s gone from remote cruising to towing tenders for sport fishing trips,â said Captain John Crupi. Robb Report. âThen the dinghies got bigger, the sailing areas got bigger, and for the past two years we have been traveling in tandem with our large sport fishing dinghy, Publish a, covering more than 40,000 miles across three distinct oceans.
This kind of tandem trip is unprecedented in the world of superyachts. On most superyachts, the tenders are typically 18 to 32 feet in length. motor boats stored inside the hull. Dorothy IIIowners, on the other hand, travel with a 63-ft. Sport fishing battlewagon, heading to the world’s most remote waters on fishing expeditions that other anglers can only dream of.
Publish a, a two-year-old, 63-foot Hatteras GT, is the owner’s fifth boat built by the North Carolina Shipyard. âWe had one built right before that, a 45 Hatteras Express,â says Crupi, who has been with the owners since the late 2000s. âWe did crazy things with this boat with the towing setup by developing a program remote control that allowed us to control the 45 Hatteras of Dorothy III. “
Crupi says pulling a full-size sport fishing yacht behind a mothership posed challenges, but the benefits far outweighed the headaches. âWhen you get to where you’re going – a sport fishing mecca that’s off the grid – you have an awesome fishing boat,â says Crupi. âIt’s something that no one else in the sport fishing world has ever done, just because they can’t bring their boats there. But we could.
While Brazil turned out to have the best blue marlin, Crupi is reminiscent of many other fertile waters with incredible fishing.
After ten years of towing, Dorothy IIIThe owners decided to build a dinghy that could cross oceans on its own engines. But pushing Publish a for 4,000 miles of transatlantic cruise, while designed to travel 200 miles, was no easy task. The Hatteras could only sail for two days at 10 knots, before needing to be refueled.
Crupi says the relatively short range, at least compared to the superyacht, has been mitigated in part by the “boost” Publish aof its systems, including its pumps, engines, fuel transfer systems, bladders and over-the-top electronics. Refueling Publish a mothership en route was also a risky stranger, adds the captain, but both crews perfected it, even in the middle of the ocean.
Dorothy III was essential to the success of the cruise adventure. âIt was designed with optimization in mind,â explains Crupi. âThe fact that it has a single-engine configuration, with an adjustable pitch on the propeller, allowed us to go to places that a typical twin-engine yacht would not have been able to access. A twin-engine superyacht would certainly not have the range or fuel capacity to navigate two boats simultaneously across the oceans.
Built according to Lloyd’s MCA 100, Dorothy III has undergone two $ 5 million refits at Derecktor Shipyards in Fort Lauderdale since current owners acquired it in 2011. Refits included zero-speed stabilizers, new paint job, new generators, hydraulic systems , a teak deck and extensive AV / IT systems.
Dorothy III is being sold with Camper & Nicholsons for $ 11,990,000. His cruise partner, Publish a, is also available for sale as a pack or separately. Discover more images of Dorothy III below.