Pinta 52 KOA E KEA is a unique, luxurious and truly fast bluewater tri-maran. She was built in 1986 on a Philippe Briand design at the legendary Pinta yard in La Rochelle, France. Pinta is known for having built the most successful racing yachts of the 80s and 90s. Mono-hulls and multis that won all of the major ocean races: Ostar, Route du Rhum - single-handed and short handed races.

The current owners purchased the boat in 2012, gutted the interior, conserved the hull, rig, dagger-board and rebuilt her from the inside out. Every system, fitting, wire, hose, engine, generator, sail, halyard, electronic display is new 2013. Her new owners, a couple with rare, blue-water experience on an 80 foot maxi mono-hull (KIALOA III), spared no effort to enhance the performance potential of the yacht: a sail wardrobe that includes main, genaker, genoa, solent on three furlers, two spis, electric winches. They chose to recreate a luxurious interior using the noblest materials: teak and sycamore woods, natural stone, italian leather...

Drawing from their extensive cruising experience, they outfitted the boat with the best amenities: generator, air-conditioning, watermaker, washer, solar, windgen. The navigation, communication and entertainment electronics are state-of-the-art and include plotter, 27 inch iMac, radar, AIS, Iridium sat-phone. The boat was entirely rewired and re-plumbed of course. Mastervolt batteries, chargers, alternator.

This yacht is an elegant cross between a thoroughbred tri-maran and a luxuriously appointed Scandinavian yacht. This is not camping on a wet platform that careens along in the teens. Its refined, push-button sailing on a machine that sails to windward faster, flatter and dryer than a Swan. And when you head off the wind and crack the sheets, she delivers the exhilarating reward of fast, seakindly tri-maran sailing.

Currently in Greece and available for showings. Please read the extensive sailing history and refit brief below for more information on this exceptional yacht.

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LOA: 52'
YEAR: 1986
USD: $399,000
LYING: Sicily
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Managing Broker
Alexis de Boucaud

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: YANMAR
Engine Model: 5JHE
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 524
Engine Power: 39 HP

  • Model: Pinta Exception 52
  • Designer: Philippe Briand
  • Year: 1986/2013
  • Hull Material: GRP foam core sandwich
  • Bridge Clearance: 21 meters
  • Displacement: 10.5 metric tonnes
  • LOA:16.20 meters
  • Beam: 10 meters
  • Draft: 01 meter
  • Cruising speed:  6 kts
  • Max speed: 9 kts under power


  • Fuel: 264 liters
  • Water: 375 liters
  • Holdings: 25 liters

  • How many cabins: 2
  • How many can she sleep: 4
  • Type of flooring: Sycamore
  • Salon couch and fabric: Leather
  • Interior finish: Teak
  • Salon table: American walnut burl
  • Hanging lockers: one hanging locker in aft cabin
  • Navigation Station:  Teak navigation desk with lift up top, storage under, four drawers and one cabinet.  White/red chart light over desk.  At nav station there is a 27 inch lmac on an articulated mount to swing out for viewing from settee. Raymarine C120W plotter with AIS transponder, Radar, etc...
  • Raymarine Tridata and wind gauge repeaters at nav station as well as Iridium sat phone and IC-M422 VHF
  • Galley cabinets above and below counter, pantry area off galley with ample food storage, all cabinet doors in teak with soft close hinges, all drawers with soft close latches.  All cabinets and drawers have push locks for security at sea
  • Interior lighting:  All interior lighting is LED on dimmers, recessed frosted glass lenses, also LED spots in two places in saloon for art highlighting and LED dimmable reading lamps in corners
  • Onan 6kw generator, 50 hz, 240 volt "Quiet Diesel"
  • Generator hours:  592
  • Solbian flexible solar panels, 4x100 watts attach to top of bimini with zippers
  • Superwind 350 Wind Generator
  • Echotec 1200 BML - 3.50 gallon watermaker, 190 liters per hour
  • The watermaker runs two ways, engine driven via electromagnetic clutch or 230 volt motor driven for redundancy, both drive systems run through the same set of three membranes and filters 

  • Type and size of refrigerator: Waeco drawer refridgerators X3
  • Type and size of Freezer: Waeco “Cool fun" CA 35 chest type
  • Sink:  32cm x 44cm x 19cm composite (Faux Granite)
  • Stove:  Bora glass top with two propane burners
  • Oven:  Force 10, 34cm deep, 43 cm wide, 30 cm tall (inside dimensions) with slide in "disappearing door"
  • Natural stone counter tops from Central Africa

  • GPS type, model and size: Raymarine integral to plotter
  • Depth sounder model and size: Raymarine ST60
  • Raymarine ST60 Wind Speed and Direction
  • Raymarine ST6002 Smart Pilot Autopilot
  • Icom IC M-422 VHF Radio plus two handhelds, ICOM IC M-73
  • Iridium Satellite phone system
  • Raymarine 2012 Radar
  • Mastervolt 3000 watt Inverter Model, 2014
  • Battery monitor system: Blue Sea
  • Chart plotter brand and size: Raymarine C120W
  • Water Heater:  Quick 10.5 gallon
  • Ritchie 3" compass
  • Helia turbo fans, two over master bed, one at nav station, one between settee and galley
  • Electrical sockets:  Recessed 220 volt ac sockets, one double in cockpit, one double in galley, one double at base of master cabin bed, one single at head of master bed, one double in aft cabin, one double in engine room, one single in engine room, one double inside port side deck storage
  • Yanmar 80 AMP alternator and Mastervolt 100 AMP
  • Charger system:  Mastervolt "Chargemaster"  12/100-3 100 AMP for house bank (4x160 AH Mastervolt AGM) and Mastervolt 50 AMP charger mounted in forepeak for charging 90 AH Mastervolt AGM that services anchor windlass and bow thruster
  • Shore power cord length and type:  230 volt, 100 feet
  • Air conditioning:  MAR-IX Clima Inverter System CIV-10-10, chilled water air conditioner with three zones, bedroom, saloon and galley and aft cabin.  All with separate wall mounted digital controls, heating also through central system using generator heat exchanger

  • Jib:  Doyle, 2013
  • Mainsail:  Doyle, fully battened mild roach with two deep reefs on single line reefing from cockpit, new in 2013
  • Spinnaker symmetrical
  • Asymmetrical spinnaker
  • Code Zero Drifter/Gennaker, Doyle 2013 on furler
  • Genoa:  Reckmann manual furler driven by electric Harken winch
  • Aluminum mast, 18.5 meters high



  • Harken 70, 3 speed mainsheet
  • Harken 70, 2 speed sheet winches (2)
  • Harken 50, 2 Speed Starboard Cabin Top (reefing lines and jib furl)
  • Harken 900 Unipower electric port side cabin top
  • Main hoist, daggerboard up and down, genoa and code zero furl
  • Lewmar 45 running back stay winches (2)
  • Cockpit seating and table:  Cheetah print Sunbrella covered cushions, nice soft foam seating, cushions are clipped in, feel and look like permanent but pop out easily, comfortable seating for six people can really fit eight.  Wheel mounted cockpit table.
  • Two, 13' sea kayaks
  • BBQ:  Andrew James 220 volt electric bbq with non-stick grill on swing mount over aft deck
  • Deck shower type:  Hot and cold fresh water with two meter hose and spray handle, mounted just above swim step
  • Custom design Bimini, full cockpit coverage, tip up wings on each side for easy ingress/egress from cockpit, full side curtains and tent for winter
  • Stainless steel wire standing rigging inspected and certified at refit in 2013
  • Running rigging:  Combination of yacht braid and Dyneema ranging from 10mm to 22mm
  • Stack pack with lazy jacks
  • Standard sail cover
  • Batten cars:  Antal fiber slides
  • Primary anchor:  Spade 45 pound steel, seawater wash-down pump mounted in forepeak with hose
  • Primary anchor chain and rode:  8mm high tensile steel chain, 80 meters with 30 meters of 3/4" nylon rode behind
  • Secondary anchor:  45 pound Delta and 44 pound Danforth style, 22 pound aluminum Danforth style
  • Windlass:  Maxwell 560 V2 under deck
  • Bumpers:  Aere 12x29" inflatable 8 total.  Also, two inflatable one meter by 60cm fenders, rigid foam cored bow stern fender, two 50cm ball fenders
  • Dock lines:  Six, 50' box braid 22mm with 12" loop spliced one end.  Four 50' 18mm with loop
  • Opening hatches:  Vetus deck hatches x4 in main living area, four large low profile Lewmar hatches on side decks to access storage, two Vetus deck hatches to access each ama and one Vetus round hatch to access forepeak
  • Davits:  Atlas carbon fiber removable davit with Harken winch for shipping and unshipping tender
  • Black mesh UV window covers with snaps

  • Dinghy:  RibEye TL 260 Aluminum Bottom RIB
  • Dinghy Engine:  Torqeedo 1003 Traveler

  • Flares:s moke, parachute...
  • Strobes:o ne strobe with horseshoe ring
  • Life Vests: 4 Spinlock
  • MOB Gear: Lifesling
  • Medical kit: Medaire full offshore kit, extensive
  • Electric bilge pumps:  One automatic with alarm and override in main bilge, two automatic with over ride from cockpit forward in forepeak, one automatic in engine room with over ride from cockpit, one large electric in engine room with control from cockpit.
  • Manual bilge pumps: One manual pump in main bilge operated from cockpit
  • Emergency tiller: Aluminum drop in tiller at top of rudder post
  • Tools and spares: Normal set of mechanical hand tools, drills, saws and dremel, orbital sander, soldering set, butane hand torch


After sailing our previous yacht an 80 foot Sparkman and Stevens sloop, “KIALOA III” in California waters and into the Sea of Cortes and on down to Puerto Vallarta for several years we decided we wanted a new boat and one which my wife and I could handle easily alone.  So, we sent her back to Los Angeles to be sold and started looking for a new boat. After much searching it became apparent we would not find a production boat that made us excited.  We found this trimaran in Tunisia, she was an excellent design by the prominent French designer Philippe Briand and well built, seeing the potential to make her as we wanted we purchased her and sailed her to Malta where we immediately put her on the hard and began what turned out to be a two year refit.  We gutted her completely, in the end saving only the hull, mast, boom and dagger board.  After contracting with a Dutch company “EDM Vedder” to build her new interior we coordinated with the various electrical engineers and mechanical engineers to create what we have today. Everything we did was done with only quality in mind, a “no expense" spared” attitude prevailed throughout the build.  In the end we had a very luxurious and comfortable yacht with enough space for my wife and I to live easily, and equally sail easily.

We designed her to be handled one hundred percent from the cockpit,  single line reefing in the main, all headsails on roller furlers, all but the jib furled with an electric winch.  Since launching her in October of 2013 my wife and I have been sailing KOA ‘e KEA in the Mediterranean, from Malta to Sicily, on to Albania, and back to Sicily, this last summer we sailed through the Cyclades Islands in Greece and wintered her on the Island of Leros in the Dodecanese.  She is a joy to sail, performs so well under a headsail that we often just roll out the genoa, it is not uncommon to be cruising at around 10-12 knots on a broad to beam reach with only the genoa set, sailing flat and relaxing in the cockpit!  For real performance with the daggerboard down and main and genoa set she can point as high as 30 degrees and we have achieved speeds in the high teens.

With the board up she can sail through waters barely one meter deep.  We included many creature comforts as she has been our home for 8-9 months out of the year, we have created a nice balance I believe, between performance and luxury.

Some unique features:

Because the saloon area is unusual with a couple of different levels of sole and the “horse shoe” shaped settee does not allow a lot of “floor space” we designed the table as a small oval cocktail type table which turns and splits to accept two leaves becoming a dining table for four.  When more space is wanted a push of a button drops the table on its electrical pedestal to disappear under the sole, leaving open space.  The entire interior space was designed to be “organic” corners, all round shapes and curves.

Aside from the obvious advantage of no corners to bruise body parts, it creates a tranquil environment...a flow. Combined with all the natural materials, Teak and Sycamore woods, natural stone, soft Italian leather...the inside feels safe and comforting.

All of the interior structure was built using a lightweight cored panel material called “Artkonboard” and it is covered in either teak or sycamore veneer, the solid bits of teak for the trim and bits of furniture came from a Burmese teak log that I went to Holland and picked out myself at the wood merchant.

Comforts of “home” include central air conditioning and heating, a “Candy” clothes washing machine, a built in Siemens microwave oven, force 10 gas oven at chest level (no getting on your knees to see inside) three separate refrigerator drawers each with their own compressor and temperature controls.

A drop in style 35 liter deep freeze..and ice maker and liquor cabinet.  Fusion Marine sound system with remote control at nav station and via ipod/iphone plays through four “Orb” speakers in the saloon area with a subwoofer under the nav seat, two more “zones” in the cockpit with waterproof speakers (four) and another subwoofer under cockpit seating.  The zones can be controlled from the ipod or nav desk, separate volume controls for each.  The 27” Imac computer at the nav station was special ordered with the “chip” style hard drive so there are no moving parts, it has almost one terabyte of memory on it, also there are two 2 terabyte remote hard drives with over 1000 movies and television shows, it all plays through the Imac,the sound for this is routed to an external amp that drives five “exciters” built into the overhead ceiling panels in the saloon giving true surround sound when watching movies.  

All the interior lighting is LED on dimmers, the saloon, galley and master cabin have flush mounted frosted glass Italian round lights, in the saloon there is micro strip lighting under sole overhangs and at steps, this creates a lovely indirect soft light on the sole. There is also micro strip lighting under the side windows, softly illuminating the sides of the cabin.  Even in the cockpit, there are tiny LED lights sewn into the bimini that are on a dimmer.  

The interior can be kept clean by use of the “Atomik” central vacuum system, there is a hose outlet central in the san and a “kick plate” under refrigerators in galley. Also we have one vacuum hose outlet inside the port side deck storage for use outdoors. 

From the cockpit, there is a remote control (wireless) for the Raymarine autopilot as well as a wireless remote for the anchor windlass and the bow thruster, this is particularly nice as these can be used anywhere on board.  The two cabin top mounted Harken winches are easily reached standing in the cockpit, the portside winch is a “Unipower’ electric winch.  Each winch has a bank of five Spinlock clutches that control....on portside.. 

The mainsail hoist

Genoa furler

Code zero furler

Dagger board up

Dagger board down

The starboard side is a manual 2 speed winch, it controls through its clutches..

Jib furler

Number one mainsail reef

Number two mainsail reef

Mainsail outhaul

Mainsail topping lift

This boat has running back stays; they are easily controlled from inside the cockpit, there are Lewmar winches for setting the RBS one to a side, there is a 10 mm line to haul the RBS out board on each side with a deck mounted line lock.  All easily reached from the cockpit.

The mainsheet is controlled by a big Harken 70 three speed winch mounted in the cockpit on top of the aft cabin.  We designed the new bimini so that the mainsheet clears it during its entire travel.  This way she can be sailed with the full bimini in place for sun protection, there are isinglass viewing panels to see the set of mainsail through the bimini.  The cockpit is completely covered by the bimini.  The top is a round design with the two sides being articulated to flip up to make easy ingress and egress from the cockpit to the deck. For bad weather we have a complete set of canvas that attaches to the bimini to enclose the cockpit.  Also, there is a four panel deck shade system so that in the summer heat the entire deck of the boat can be shaded.  

My wife and I have been sailing full time on various yachts for almost ten years now, after completing this refit we have enjoyed almost three years of sailing aboard her and this is the last year we care to be in the Med. Our plan is to focus more time and energy on our new home we just purchased in the US and spend time closer to family...grand children well as work on some art projects and spend time with our horses...This, we decided, will take all of our time and attention and we are very comfortable with the idea of not sailing for the next several years.  We are currently aboard in Greece and will sail this summer towards the Canary Islands, if we still have KOA ‘e KEA by January next year we will sail her across the Atlantic and bring her to Florida...we think.  

As far as accidents and mishaps...our first season out (2014) we entered the harbor at Marzamemi, Sicily and turned the wrong direction, putting us into water that shoaled to two feet. The only part of the boat that was damaged was the rudder, it sustained a bit of a crunch on the bottom trailing edge (we had turned to face out and almost got off but for being blown backwards) we went  from there directly to Porto Palo where we had her hauled and had a complete new rudder including a new machined aluminum post fabricated and installed.

She is as good as new now.


Disclaimer: The Multihull Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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