When ZANABE arrived at Rockport Marine, she had been totally gutted inside and out, with no spars or working propulsion. Rockport Marine rebuilt the boat over a two year period, following a redesign engineered by The Fontaine Group. ZANABE is a Yates designed cold-molded ketch and was built and launched in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1977.

Originally designed for the 1977 Whitbread Race, the vessel has previously been completely rebuilt and lengthened to 80 feet. New state rooms are paneled in anagre veneered plywood, and the decks have a new teak overlay. She is fitted with carbon fiber spars and has state of the art electronics and a monitoring system that allows off-board computer checks of on-board systems.