OWNER PIERVITTORIO and the RESURRECTION OF SAGITTARIUS
Sagittarius luxury charter sailing catamaran port hull
When Sagittarius Owner, Piervittorio Trebucchi, casually mentioned to us that he found his stunning Privilege 65 abandoned in the waters of Civitaveccia for 15 years, we knew the story of this refit would be a good one.
The owner who originally purchased the luxury yacht had connections to the infamous Medellín Cartel. Despite the death of the Cartel’s drug lord, Pablo Escobar, in 1993, the Cartel still maintained a global, if deteriorating reach, a decade later. Cartel associates continued to be tracked, and their assets seized, throughout Europe.
The catamaran’s first Captain never met the original Owner. He received telephone instructions to move the yacht from place to place. “Go, go with the yacht, I will come,” the Owner kept saying, but he never did. Interpol followed the yacht, so the continuous repositioning was simply a ruse, but it worked. Agents never managed to board the vessel. However, the authorities eventually seized it, after the Captain abandoned the yacht in Civitaveccia, fled to Rome, got married, had a family, and never looked back.
Sagittarius Owner Piervittorio Tebucchi
Meanwhile, Piervittorio concluded that his two kids and pregnant wife were a family better suited to a beamy catamaran than his 54-
Because the yacht was the property of the Italian court, Piervittorio endured an entanglement of bureaucratic procedures regarding ownership. Many people commanded to appear at hearings never showed, probably because they used aliases and could not be traced. Piervittorio, not seeing an end to the process, made a public offer in August 2011, which thankfully was accepted by the court.
Catamaran Sagittarius, charter yacht, ARC 2012Catamaran Sagittarius, luxury sailing yacht, ARC 2012The yacht was almost brand new when it was abandoned, with just 300 hours on the engine and 45 hours on the water makers. However, 15 years in the water meant that the refit involved changing almost everything out. In addition, since the build, Italy had imposed strict environmental regulations, black water and so on, which had to be accommodated.
“When you buy from the court, you buy as is, at your own risk. Even though the boat was lying in the water for 15 years I was not really worried. I know that Privilege builds extremely sturdy boats, I only hoped there would be no osmosis. Yet even after such a long time under water the yacht was perfect.”
Catamaran Sagittarius, Privilege 65, luxury charter yacht salonThe catamaran remained in Civitavecchia for four months, while new documents were procured, and sufficient repairs made to sail to Sicily. Piervittorio’s electronics waste plant in Siracusa (Syracuse) was conveniently just behind a shipyard. “In the morning I would work in my company, and then cross the road in the afternoon to work on the yacht.”
The refit began in January 2012, and was completed in just eight months. Even though the engine had hardly been used it had to be completely overhauled. Rather than refurbish, it was more economical to install new generators, water makers, electronics, mechanicals, plumbing and WiFi. The interior was outdated of course, white Corian table and countertops with a black border. So everything was updated.
Charter Catamaran Sagittarius Owner Piervittorio Trebucci“Once the yacht was ready, we put her in the water and sailed around Sicily for a couple of months. Then we made the ARC transatlantic crossing in November. We changed the original sail plan, from a triangle to a square, which is much more powerful. It is 27.5 meters high from the water line. We used three spinnakers; we had four but made a mistake and blew one out, which cost us three positions and a day. We still won in Open Class and placed sixth overall time, with a top speed of 23.1 knots. We sailed 3,300 miles in 12 days, about 270 miles per day.”
Although Piervittorio is back in Italy, charter catamaran Sagittarius has remained in the Caribbean. Captain Tony sails her effortlessly through the islands, a testament to a legendary brand, and a passionate, dedicated Owner.
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