Northrop & Johnson is pleased to announce the charitable donation of the modern classic 91-foot (27.74m) Brooklin Boatyard sloop, SONNY III, to AMIkids of Tampa, Florida. Yacht Broker Hank Halsted of Northrop & Johnson, Newport facilitated the donation on behalf of the donor and this week, with Andrew LeBuhn of Camper and Nicholson’s representing the lessor, the yacht entered into a three-year lease with a purchase option agreement to benefit the charity.
SONNY III represents the culmination of the donor’s lifetime love affair with sailing. The yacht has one of the most elegant flush-deck profiles of any yacht ever launched, with broad expanses of half-inch thick teak decking surrounding her two oval-shaped, bright varnished teak cockpits, each protected from the elements with full Dodgers and removable Bimini covers. From her tall carbon rig to her flush mounted custom hatches and varnished dorade ventilator boxes, to the magnificent classic shearline, SONNY III truly turns heads in every port of call. The sailing yacht’s interior provides all amenities for gracious living aboard in three staterooms, a fully equipped galley and a large main salon with a navigation station/office.
Sailing yacht SONNY III is the third custom design her owner has commissioned and built. It is also his third yacht in partnership with Brooklin Boatyard. The yacht represents the best quality by Brooklin’s Downeast craftsmen, from her high tech, cold-molded hull and deck to her sophisticated and simple sail handling systems that allow her powerful rig to serve up thoroughbred performance with minimal crew.
SONNY III is also the third yacht her generous donor has contributed to AMIkids, spanning a relationship of over 40 years, which began with the donation of his Whitby 45-foot (13.7m) racing sloop, SONNY, in 1976. This level of community-minded generosity is truly an inspiration to the yachting world.