£ 592,822
Maxi Dolphin - MD65
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£ 592,822
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Maxi Dolphin - MD65

Sailing BoatsMaxi DolphinMD65Italy

Form, function and outright performance from the legendary Maxi Dolphin and Luca Brenta. About as Italian as Ferrari or parmesan, but with a higher carbon content. Extensively refitted in 2012.


Launched in late 2004 as number three in a series of five semi-custom high performance cruisers, CHARIS has been since been extensively refitted. Whilst she is undoubtedly not short in the looks and style department, she is also a highly competitive cruiser racer, scoring 3rd in the Mini-Maxi Worlds in 2010. Currently configured for effortless short-handed fast cruising, she boasts an extremely high specification including:-
3-cabin, 3-heads interior layout with additional crew cabin with crew heads forward
Yanmar 125hp diesel engine
Retractable hydraulic bowthruster
Retractable anchor arm
Retractable dedicated mooring winch
Tender garage at stern
Nordic carbon rig with Park Avenue boom and carbon rigging
Harken electric and hydraulic winches
Fully-battened mainsail system with battencars
Carimat hydraulic sail-handling system and genoa furler
Doyle and OneSails carbon sail wardrobe
24vDC electrics
10kw Fischer Panda generator
Fridge & freezers
B&G instruments with mast-mounted 20/20’s and marine PC


A 65ft sail yacht, with underwater hull and outside layout featuring modern lines; very comfortable and with high performance.

This is the distinguishing mix of Luca Brenta’s project for Maxi Dolphin; a project which resulted in five yachts with different interior layouts, based on a general scheme of three double cabins, a large living room and the separate quarter for the crew.

For the Maxi Dolphin MD65 by Luca Brenta, the boatyard chose the CoreCell core sandwich construction and epoxy pre-preg composite materials, carbon fibers, glass fiber, kevlar and post-bake in the boatyard's modular oven. The hull is built over a male mould, with the structural elements already inserted, in order to make the mounting of the bulkheads, pre-built on moulds easier. The elements making up the inside compartmentalization, assembled on flexible couplings, were then fitted on the structural elements.

CHARIS is the third sailing yacht of the Maxi Dolphoin semi-custom MD65 by Luca Brenta and was launched in 2004.

The layout of the interiors features very clean lines and the traditional attention to details, the hallmark of Maxi Dolphin production since its first boat; it also shows a new solution for the boat owner cabin, located at prow. Instead of the two low beds on the sides, the boat owner for the Charis took advantage of the possible customization offered by the semi-custom concept.

Therefore Luca Brenta’s studio together with Maxi Dolphin realized a boat owner cabin featuring a double-bed on the left and a practical office-space with writing desk and a desk chair on the starboard side. The layout of the remaining rooms is unchanged, as in the other Maxi Dolphins MD65 by Luca Brenta, with the floor plate made up of teak ‘tiles’, arranged in a contrasting grain pattern.

An absolutely personal solution, which makes the Maxi Dolphin MD65 series by Luca Brenta standing out even more.


From sailing to motor yachts, Luca Brenta’s style is absolutely unmistakable, full of innovation and research, combined with the utmost elegance of lines.

A research dating back to the end of the 70s, when Luca Brenta debutted with a ¼ Ton boat followed, in 1987, by the many times winning one-tonner MARISA. The performances and the qualities of the racers are also found on the cruising yachts by Luca Brenta, whose studio, the Luca Brenta Design, was joined by Lorenzo Argento, the current art director, in 1988. In the same way innovation and elegance of lines are the features of the motor yachts. A series of elements expressed by the slogan of the studio: Technology meets Design. The first cooperation of Luca Brenta Design with Maxi Dolphin is the MD 65, a sloop of very modern design and with light displacement, realized in five models, each one with a different interior layout. The MD65 series is then followed by the TP52 Astro, a racing yacht made of composites, using the most advanced construction technologies.


Utmost elegance, use of the most advanced technologies and of the new project visions in the continuous search for beauty: this is the course followed by Maxi Dolphin since 1987.

"Beauty? It’s something that makes you feel good, therefore something very individual. To me it means order, harmony and sharing. No beautiful thing makes sense if you cannot share it with others". With this vision, along with his passion for the sea, boats and nature, in 1987 Vittorio Moretti created the Maxi Dolphin boatyard.

The first boat built by Maxi Dolphin was the 73ft CARMEN DI BELLAVISTA, designed by Bruce Farr, followed by the maxi 118 ft VIRIELLA, designed by Germán Frers. Two boats built according to that search for innovation, which is the basis of the Moretti Group, operating not only in the boating sector, but also in that of industrialized building , as well as in the top class enological, hotel and catering sectors.

A long number of sailing boats followed CARMEN DI BELLAVISTA and VIRIELLA: standard monotypes (over 300 produced Dolphin 81) and from 75 to 100 ft One-Off sailing boats, the outcome of the cooperation with the main yacht designers.

Roberto Starkel, Germán Frers, Bruce Farr, Luca Brenta Design, Bill Tripp, Finot-Conq are some of the designers for Maxi Dolphin, which in 2007 launched the MD Power: an innovative line of motor yachts, built using the same technologies of sailers and applying the same concept of custom-made, the real hallmark of all Maxi Dolphin boats.


RCD Status:
CE Certification - A

Hull Construction:
Hull built on male mould, with SP system SE84 epoxy pre-preg composite materials including carbon, Kevlar and E-glass with Corecell core sandwich
The hull is post-cured at controlled 85 degrees temperature ensure the stability in time of the laminate.
Main structural elements are put into place at the time of moulding to ensure easy mounting of the bulkheads, pre-built on moulds.
Hull spray painted in dark blue – 2012
Speedy Carbonium performance antifouling system
Hull windows in each side of hull with high-thickness glazing.

Deck & Superstructure Construction:
Same as hull construction
Teak laid side decks, cockpit seating & cockpit sole – replaced 2012
Exposed deck and superstructure areas spray painted in white finish.

Keel & Rudder:
Iron keel with lead bulb, attached to hull with stainless steel bolts.
Balanced rudder


Engine & gearbox:
Yanmar 4JH-LTE 4-cylinder turbo-charge diesel engine producing 125hp
Engine overhauled - 2012
Shaft drive gearbox
Fresh¬water cooled engine.
Single lever engine control.
Engine hours 2700, November 2017

Propulsion & Steering:
3-bladed Gori folding propeller with overdrive
Max-Power R200 hydraulic retractable bowthruster
Elica Gori mechanical direct steering system
Twin wheel steering with carbon wheels and custom carbon helm pedestals - 2012
Emergency tiller.


Voltage systems:
24vDC domestic systems with additional 12vDC system and 220vAC via shore-power, generator or inverter – electrical system refitted 2012

Battery Banks:
1 x Engine start battery bank – 2012
1 x Generator Start Battery - 2012
12 x 12v joined in parallel for 24v Service battery bank - 2012

Charging & Inverter:
12vDC battery charter
24vDC battery charger

12vDC Engine-mounted alternator
24vDC secondary alternator for service batteries

Fischer Panda 10kw generator
Generator overhauled – 2012
Generator hour 300 h/m November 2017

Other Electrical:
220v shore power with isolator and circuit breaker


Fresh Water:
The hot freshwater circuit is led into a well-insulated hot water tank, heated by engine or 230v AC immersion heater element
24vDC pressure pumps

Tecnicomar reverse-osmosis watermaker with 90 litres per hour output.

Bilge Pumps:
Electric bilge pumps
Manual bilge pump
Electric shower drain pumps


600 litres fuel capacity in stainless steel tanks

Fresh Water:
600 litres fresh water capacity in stainless steel tanks

Holding Tank:
Blackwater holding tank


On deck:
B&G Hydra wind, depth, speed
4 x 20/20 B&G maxi displays at mast
2 x B&G FFD multi-function displays for helm pedestals
New touch controls (2012)
Raytheon ST7001 type-300 24vDC autopilot
B&G Halcyon 2000 electronic compass.
Steering compasses

Aft chart table:
GPS receiver
Raytheon RL70CRC 7’’ radar with antenna
B&G FFD display for the chart table
Marine PC with LCD screen
Deckman for Windows, racing program for PC
MAXSEA Time Zero Navigation program & PC - 2012
B&G Hercules 2000 + Performance Processor

Communications Equipment:
Raymarine Ray230e VHF with DSC
Ericsson satellite telephone
Onboard Wi-Fi LAN with 3G router


Alpes stainless steel cooker with 2x gas burners, 1x electric burner and oven.

Electric freshwater heads in guest cabins
Manual marine heads in crew cabin
Hot & cold pressurised water supplies with shower in heads

ClimmaAir 220vAC reverse-cycle air-conditioning system with 6 fan units

20” Sharp LCD TV in saloon
Apple TV – 2012
Sonos component stereo system with 2 units – 2012


Summary of Accommodation:
Up to 8 berths plus crew in forward master cabin and two twin aft cabins. 3 guest heads plus further crew heads.

Accommodation Finish:
Interior finishes in teak, painted laminate surfaces and stainless steel
Teak floors
White panelled headlinings
Upholsteries replaced 2012 (cushions, mattresses and saloon sofas)

Accommodation Layout from Forward:
Crew cabin in forepeak with single berth.
Ensuite heads in crew cabin with heads, shower and sink.
Master cabin heads with laminated furniture. Separate shower cubicle. Electric heads.
Master cabin with offset double berth to port. Single berth to starboard. Cabinets, counters and two hanging lockers.
Saloon with settees to port and starboard. Dining table to port with 4x individual chairs.
Galley aft of saloon area to starboard in L-shaped configuration with twin stainless steel sinks, various drawers, locker and cupboards.
Chart table area aft of saloon area to port with sideways facing seat and AC/DC panels.
Twin symmetrical aft cabins with twin beds, hanging lockers, chests of drawers between beds.
Ensuite heads for both aft cabins with electric heads and dedicated shower cubicles.


Nordic Spars carbon fibre mast and Park Avenue boom – spars checked 2012
Fractional rig
3-sets of swept-back spreaders
Carbo-Link carbon composite standing rigging – 2012
Carimat below-deck hydraulic furler for jib
Carimat hydraulic sail control system controlling genoa, mainsail, genoa halyards and outhaul – overhauled 2012
Block & tackle backstay adjustment
Carbon retractable bowsprit for code-sail
Low-friction mainsail track on mast with battencar system
Fixed-point mainsheet system
Running rigging replaced 2012
I = 24.35m, J = 7.00m, P = 25.55m, E = 9.35m
White sail area – 244sqm
2:1 main halyards
Hydraulic jib sheet magic trim

2x Harken 2-speed self-tailing hydraulic primary winches
2x Harken 2-speed self-tailing electric halyard winches at mast

OneSails Carbon Millenium GP mainsail – 2010
OneSails Carbon Millenium GP No.2 jib – 2010
OneSails Carbon Millenium GP No.3.5 jib – 2010
OneSails Carbon Millenium GP mainsail – 2010
OneSails warp-orientated A2 - 2010
Doyle D4 carbon/Kevlar fully-battened mainsail
Doyle D4 carbon/Kevlar furling jib
Doyle Stratis D4 carbon/Kevlar medium/light racing jib
Doyle Stratis D4 carbon/Kevlar medium/heavy racing jib
Reacher Gennaker
Runner Gennaker
VMG Gennaker
Doyle Dacron storm jib
Doyle Dacron storm trysail

Double stainless lifelines
Swimming ladder
Cockpit table
Hydraulic drop-down bathing platorm giving access to tender garage
Lopo Lights LED navigation lights - 2012
Carbon antenna mast at transom
Composite flush-deckhead hatches - 2012

Anchoring & Mooring:
Retractable anchor arm
Reversing 24vDC electric anchor windlass - 2012
Anchor with 12mm chain
Sanguinetti retractable mooring winch
Fenders & warps

Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
Boom awning
Cockpit cushions – 2012
Aft deck sun-bathing cushions - 2012

Tender & Outboard:
Novamarine RH260 inflatable
Yamaha 10hp outboard engine


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Lying Lavagna, Italy

Available to view strictly by appointment

Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
Saturday by prior appointment

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

Lead Broker: Michele Antonini – Grabau International (Italia)
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ManufacturerMaxi Dolphin
Mooring CountryItaly
Year built2004
Sales statusavailable
LOA20.01 m/66 ft
Length20.01 m/66 ft
Width5.27 m/17 ft
Draft3.6 m/12 ft
Categoryfin keel
Engine manufactureryanmar 4jh-lte ? 125hp
Engine hours2700
No. of cabins4
No. of berths8
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