Beautiful lines both above & below the waterline demonstrate her Italian pedigree. The design team of Giorgetti and Magrini are well know in Italy and throughout Europe. They have designed many fine yachts and racers, including two Louis Vuitton entries for Italia. Many fine examples are currently displayed throughout the world. Ogigiona is a fast cruiser. She is fairly light for a steel boat, robust but svelte in a speedy sort of way. She is easy to handle by one or two people. She is comfortable and a kindly seaworthy vessel, and an excellent and functional live-aboard. She is very stable in a blow and rough sea, stiff and weatherly.
The boat was designed by Giorgetti and Magrini with the participation of the first owners, Piero Bianchessi and Christina Schueli. Piero, an Italian chemist, had just finished his first Whitbread Round the World Race, and had a long experience of sailing and cruising. Christina, a Swiss interior architect with many years of sailing experience, was directly involved in the design of the interior, which is enhanced by the beautiful blend of African mahogany and teak wood throughout. Ogigiona has more interior space for a vessel her size due to the strength of her steel construction.
The hull was built by Osim Plocco Shipyards in Milano, Italy. The hull is round construction of 5/32” AQ42 certified steel plate over the L-shaped ribs, 16” apart. This makes a very strong hull. The deck is 1/8” thick and has a treadmaster non-skid surface. The toe rails are welded on stainless steel and provide strong attachment points for most things. She has a short pilot house just forward of the mizzen which has opening ports, provides for good ventilation and good interior watch keeping with an almost 360° view of the horizon. The boat can be steered from inside via the autopilot remote. The main companionway sliding hatch is located just off center to port, in the aft portion of the pilot house.
The ketch rig, with two masts almost the same height (approx 47' each), allows her to carry a larger sail surface with smaller, more manageable sails. One person alone can easily drop the genoa or reef down the mainsail or the mizzen. Mainsail, mizzen, and staysail are all boomed with wide curved travelers, and all the sheets are returned to the cockpit. Mainsail and mizzen mast and booms were replaced/upgraded. Harken roller furling was added to the for-stay and allows for a modest reef on the foresail. She was re-rigged by Brion Toss. The Main and Mizzen are robust cruising sails in almost new condition. They are full batten on Antal tracks and sliders.
The Perkins 4-108 prime mover has about 3000 hrs since major overhaul. It is transversely mounted in an enclosed box which provides for easy access to the serviceable parts. Fuel is filtered through a Racor filter/separator. Fuel consumption is aprox. 1 gal/hr and provides for about 6 kts with a clean bottom. The prop is a MaxProp 2-bladed self-feathering. There is a dripless seal on the prop shaft. The rudder is skeg hung.
The Hydraulic Drive allows for optimal engine placement in terms of center of gravity and accessibility for maintenance. It also allows for very fine thrust adjustment and almost immediate reversibility to enhance safety while docking. The boat cruises at 6 kt at 2000 RPM on 1 gal/hr (clean hull).
Sleeps a total of eight in three cabins. Forward is a large chain locker and storage compartment. Aft to port is a pipe berth which stows extra line or sails. Below is sail stowage. Opposite is a stainless steel platform with a vise and storage compartments. Aft on the starboard side is a large round stainless steel sink with salt, fresh and pressure faucets. There is a storage compartment for linen and toilet items. Overhead is a large hatch which provides good ventilation in the head and workshop area and access to the staysail running rigging on deck. Lighting throughout Ogigiona by Palozzoli and Alpongla and newly added Lumitec LED white/red dimmable lights providing state-of-the-art lighting.
Aft of the workshop/head area are two port and two starboard bunks in an enclosed cabin. There is a solid African mahogany door that closes off the head area and another one that closes off the main salon area. There is tremendous storage, a hanging locker, and bureau drawers throughout the crew stateroom. This area is perfect for guests, crew, and children.
Moving aft, on the port side, is a table that seats six comfortably. The table can drop down to make berthing accommodations and has a very robust stainless pedestal. The African mahogany wood throughout the boat is very attractive. The interior has been carefully designed for relaxed living. The areas meant for work and rest are distinctly separated. The salon is large, with a comfortable galley, and the large double-bedded aft stateroom and central four-bedded cabin give owners and guests privacy for their resting areas.
There are good hand holds throughout the cabin. A large bookshelf above the U-shaped settee provides storage for reading books as well as liquor that can be stored in the lower bottom shelf of the bookcase. The bulkheads forward and aft of the settee are attractively covered in bamboo. Opposite the settee is a well thought out navigation center with a large chart table and built-in chart locker.
Moving aft to starboard is the galley with a large deep stainless steel sink, a front loading refrigerator and three-burner stove/oven. There are deep storage cabinets throughout the boat. At one corner of the galley there is a very functional pantry made of sliding stainless bins with netting to permit good air circulation for longer lasting fruits and vegetables. There is a spice cabinet and a glass holder, along with deep drawer and cabinet storage in the galley.
As you step down the companionway ladder, there is a wet locker on the port side. Located below this wet locker and immediately aft, large cabinets provide tremendous storage. Another solid door leading aft assures complete privacy to the aft head and stateroom quarters. There is seating with a fold-down desk, a built-in hanging file, and a double-bed on the starboard side of the cabin. The port and starboard sides are covered with decorative cork.