Mirabella I was the first of 3 ‘Mirabella class’ custom-built 40 m superyacht sailboats manufactured in Thailand by Concorde Yachts at Ocean Marina, Na Jomtien between 1990 and 1994.
Pekka Koskenkylä, the Finnish entrepreneur, originated the design and business concept. Pekka is better known as the founder of Nautor’s Swan, who later went on to run Camper & Nicholson’s Gosport Shipyard between 2001 to 2005.
Bruce Farr (Farr Yacht Design) was chosen to design the naval architecture and together with Jill Lubin they designed the exterior for this first-ever superyacht to be built in Thailand. Mirabella I interior was designed by Concorde Yachts (Peter Sijm and Jill Lubin).
Mould released fibreglass with hand-woven sandwich laminate was chosen as the construction method as it was the fastest way to build a series of yachts this size.
Mirabella I and her sister yacht Mirabella III were both owned by Joseph Vittoria and were very popular charter yachts as they had all the facilities and spacious comfort that the yacht industry could offer, later to become the norm. (The second yacht in the series was made for a private buyer and was originally named Philanderer when launched in 1992. She was later re-named Ocean Pure 2. Mirabella I was renamed Latitude and Mirabella III was simply renamed, Mirabella).
Mirabella I accommodates up to 12 guests with 6 en-suite cabins. (2 VIP cabins with centreline beds, 2 guest cabins with twin beds and 2 upper-lower cabins).
Mirabella I was launched at Ocean Marina in 1991. As seen in the historic photograph, Elephants were used to launch the Mirabella yachts, nowadays battery-powered Travelifts are used.
This was Scott Taylors’ first fairing and painting project in Thailand and thirty years later in 2021, his company Yacht Refit Asia has its head office at Ocean Marina just a few hundred metres from where Concorde Yachts built the first Mirabella class yachts.