• 172.1666'
  • 2014
  • Astilleros Buquebus
  • Punta del Este, Uruguay
  • $30,000,000


World's largest carbon fiber schooner! Turn-key condition!!

  • Basic Information
  • Dimensions
  • Speed / Weight
  • Accomodations
  • Hull & Deck
  • Engine Information
  • Builder: Astilleros Buquebus
  • Category: Schooner
  • Model: N/A
  • Model Year: 2014
  • YearBuilt: 2014
  • Year Refit: N/A
  • Refit Type: N/A
  • Tax Paid: N/A
  • Country: Uruguay
  • Registration #: 8580
  • Coast Guard #: Montevideo
  • Vessel Top: N/A
  • Fly Bridge: No
  • Cockpit: No
  • Helipad: No
  • Accomodations: Guest SR/S: 4/8 - Crew R/B/S: 3/5/6
  • LOA: 172' 2" (52.48m)
  • LWL: 128' 0" (39.01m)
  • LOD: 150' 3" (45.80m)
  • Beam: 28' 2" (8.59m)
  • Min Draft: 11' 8" (3.56m)
  • Max Draft: 11' 5" (3.48m)
  • Clearance: 170' 0" (51.82m)
  • MFG Length: --
  • Cruise Speed: 10 Knots
  • Cruise Speed RPM: --
  • Cruise Speed Range: 3,000 Miles
  • Max Speed: 18 Knots
  • Max Speed RPM: --
  • Max Speed Range: --
  • Displacement: 210 Tonne
  • Gross Tonnage: --
  • Water Capacity: 1,357 Gallons
  • Holding Tank: --
  • Fuel Capacity: 4,300 Gallons
  • Fuel Consumption: --
  • Berths: 7
  • Heads: 5
  • Sleeps: 8
  • State Rooms: 4
  • Crew Berths: 5
  • Crew Sleeps: 6
  • Crew Heads: 3
  • Captains Quarters: Yes
  • Hull ID: N/A
  • Hull Material: Carbon Fiber
  • Deck Material: Teak
  • Hull Configuration: Bulb Keel
  • Project Manager: Ezequiel Sirito
  • Hull Designer: Javier Soto Acebal
  • Hull Color: cream
  • Hull Finish: Awlcraft 2000
  • Exterior Designer: Javier Soto Acebal
  • Interior Designer: Javier Soto Acebal
  • Manufacturer: Caterpillar
  • Model: C18 ACERT
  • Engine Count: Single
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Fuel Type: Diesel


One of the most striking sailing yachts of the recent times, Doña Francisca is the brainchild of a successful entrepreneur that has dedicated his entire life to the sea transportation. Built entirely in carbon fiber with a total length of 52.50 meter (172ft) and a deck length of 45.8 meter (150ft), Doña Francisca is the world’s largest schooner of her kind.

The inspiration came from the English pilot cutters of the early 20th century with their plumb bows and stream lines aiming to create a retro-look, high-tech fast yacht. The result is a Neo-classic  yacht with an eye-catching style, capable of exhilarating performances and worldwide cruising.
Hull and deck were fully built on a proven lightweight and strength “sandwich” method, using carbon-fiber skins impregnated with epoxy resin over a rigid pvc foam core. The critical vacuum-bagging resin infusion process was fully designed and controlled by the world’s top experts and the exceptional quality achieved was inspected and certified by RINA.

Enhancing her classic look, the deck is covered with a Burmese teak layer while the deck salon, dog house and cockpit are finished with Cedar.  All the deck fittings and blocks were made with a special bronze alloy to a precise hue of green, including the winches and windlasses bodies over Harken systems.
The bespoke Edwardian décor and loose furniture is beautifully executed in Mahogany wood from Bolivia and the flooring is a nice combination of Cherry and Chestnut woods.
Doña Francisca was designed and built to be easily run by a short crew of 5 using push-buttons on the cockpit to effortlessly control the entire rig with hydraulic-electric systems.
RINA inspected and certified the project, engineering, materials, equipment and construction process during the almost 4 years to completion and her overall final quality place this one-off vessel on the same league as icons like Meteor (Royal Huisman) and Marie (Vitters) - with a 25% lighter total displacement.

To materialize this dream yacht to perfection a team of experts was assembled, including:
-  Javier Soto Acebal - one of the most influential naval architects of our time - renowned by his fast and beautiful yachts - was widely responsible for all aspects of her design and engineering, from the hull shape to deck cleats to cabinets corners.
- Ezequiel Sirito (Argentina) – the “maestro” behind some of the most important vessels built at King Marine (TP 52, Volvo Ocean Race, America’s Cup, etc) was the project manager that “tortured” everyone involved in her building with an “absolute quality” commitment.
- Pierre Calmon from Resoltech (France) was behind the quality of the resins and precision of the critical infusion process.


Hull and deck built in a vacuum bag sandwich process utilising rigid pvc foam core and carbon fiber skins impregnated with epoxy resin.
Bulkheads and strings built in
strengthened carbon fiber.
Deck finished in Burmese teak - 12mm thick
Deck superstructures finished in Mahogany
Keel is an inverted "T" with hollow body and a solid iron bulb, totalling 80T of ballast

Main Characteristics

Built by Astilleros Buquebus
Year: 2014
Length: 52.5m/172' 2"
Beam: 8.6m/28' 2"
Draft: 3.5m/11' 5"
Classification: RINA Green Star Pleasure
Flag: Uruguay
Hull colour: Cream
Displacement: 210 tons
Design, naval architecture and interior design by Javier Soto Acebal


Speed: 9/17 knots (approx)
Fuel capacity: 16,997 Litres (4,490 US Gallons)
Water capacity: 5,140 Litres (1,357 US Gallons)
Black water capacity: 1,839 Litres (485 US Gallons)
Grey water capacity: 2,870 Litres (758 US Gallons)

Sails and Rigging

Made in carbon fibre by King Composite (Argentina)
Main: 50.99 meter (167ft 3in)
Fore: 48.98 meter (160ft 7in)

Booms (self-furling):
Made in carbon fibre by King Composite (Spain)
Main: 16.5 meter (54ft 2in)
Fore: 14 meter (45ft 9in)

Standing rig:
Made in carbon fibre by Carbo-link (Switzerland)

 Made in Spectra by DOYLE
- Total area: 1,126 m2 (12,120 sq ft) consisting of:
- Main: 407 m2
- Schooner: 341 m2
- Genoa 3: 254 m2
- Genoa 1: 414 m2
- Storm jib: 55 m2
- Gennaker 1032 m2

Deck Equipment

Hydraulic Winches: Harken with bronze body
Hydraulic Captive Winches: Harken
Blocks: Harken custom
Hydraulic furlers: Bammar

All deck hardware made in bronze by Solimar - Italy

Navigation Equipment

Main bridge:
- 2 SIMRAD screens
- Controllers OP 40
B&G H 3000 integrated system
- Auto pilot B&G

- 1 SIMRAD screen
- 2 OP 40 controller
B&G H 3000 integrated system
- Screen control of hydraulic systems
- 6 B&G monitors

Owner's office:
- 1 SIMRAD screen
- 1 OP 40 controller
- B&G H 3000 integrated system

Crew mess:
- 1 SIMRAD screen
- 1 OP 40 controller
B&G H 3000 integrated system


1 x CAT 876HP C18 ACERT
Engine hours: 250hrs 
Propulsion PROP SHAFT - controlled variable pitch
Gearboxes Hundested CPG 32, 3.96:1

Generators 2x CAT C4.4 50 kW

Bow & Stern thrusters:
Max Power R60 100HP  hydraulic retractable

Electricity 380v 50 Hz 3-phase for main uses
220v 50 Hz AC single phase for appliances
24v DC for lighting, electronics, alarms
Mastervolt 24/2500 inverter
Mastervolt 24/3000 inverter

Shore power 2x 63 amp 220v AC shore power connectors
Batteries 24v 250 Ah system for main engines
2x 100 Ah for generators
24v 3500 Ah for general service & green sailing condition
24v 800 Ah for electronics & radio systems
Parallel system
Mastervolt 24/100 battery charger

Other Machinery

Spectra Farallon 2800 watermaker
HMSA sewage treatment plant
RWO S Debit bilge filtering
Gianneschi bilge & firefighting pumps
Gianneschi boilers - 250 litre, 80 litre
Gianneschi compressor

Air Conditioning

Dometic Marine Air, 216,000 btu


Dona Francisca is able to sleep up to 8 guests in maximum comfort and style. 

She offers a magnificent full beam Owner's Suite, with a fully operational office, 2 VIP stateroom and 1 twin Guest staterooms, all en-suite.  Separate crew quarters are forward accommodating 6 crew. 

The full-beam saloon features a comfortable lounge area to port as well as a dining area with a table for 10 guests to starboard.

The deck-house has a helm and navigation station to starboard opposed to a u-shape sofa and table. Large impact glasses surround the area providing great visibility for the pilot and guests. 

Galley and Laundry Equipment

4x Frigoboat fridge/freezers: 569 litre freezer, 241 litre fridge/freezer, 142 litre fridge/freezer, 725 litre fridge
2x Dometic CR50 bar fridges - owner's cabin & cockpit
1x Frigoboat top loading 83 litre self contained fridge/freezer by air

Communications and Entertainment Equipment

Communications Equipment
Garmin GPS

Safety & Fire Protection

Sea Fire automatic fire extinguishing system
12x adult life jackets BFA Rescue 160
Handheld fire extinguishers throughout
2x child life jackets BFA Magic 100
MOB system
12x BFA life lines
2x 8-person Autoflug liferafts
MOM 8A Safety World
Arimar First Aid kit


A complete list of exclusions is available upon request.