Top five classic yacht refit and restoration projects
Last updated: 19/10/2017
When purchasing a superyacht, many owners will not necessarily choose a new-build, but will instead choose to refit a previously built vessel with a trusted refit shipyard to put their own stamp on it.
Refitting a classic superyacht means that owners can not only ensure the yacht is in full working order, but it also gives them a chance to showcase their personality. In no particular order, Yachting Pages looks at five memorable refit and restoration projects.
1. M/Y Malahne
Classic motor yacht Malahne is said to be the most extensive superyacht restoration programme ever taken. Originally designed and built in 1937, Malahne is a classic piece of history and one of only a few pre-war motor yachts to survive until the 21st Century.
In 2012, Pendennis Shipyard undertook the project, with the brief to recreate Malahne to the style of her original era.
Malahne’s design features an Art Deco-inspired interior, with artisans and hand-painting artists recruited in order to recreate the authenticity of the 1930’s era. The project took two-and-a-half years to complete and recently won the World Superyacht Award for ‘best rebuild’ at this year’s World Superyacht Awards.
2. M/Y Legend
Previously known as a Class 1 ice-breaking ship named Giant, the 77m explorer superyacht Legend underwent a huge refit at ICON Yachts, with a brief to completely rebuild and transform her.
In impressive style, ICON Yachts completed the entire refit in less than 12 months, and what emerged from the yard in July 2016 was a luxurious explorer yacht, with the strength and safety of her original status as an ice-breaking ship.
Standout features on board Legend include a helipad and submarine, which are offered for separate charter at an extra cost. Impressively, she also has room for 26 guests and 19 crew, as well as 10 expedition crew members, who range from doctors to ice-pilots and expedition leaders.
3. M/Y SuRi
Originally built in 1978 by Halter Marine as a crab catcher ship and named Fierce Contender, SuRi is another story of complete transformation, having first undergone her original refit in 2012, at Bay Ship & Yacht Co.
The rebuild involved cutting her steel hull in half, in order to extend her LOA by 11m to just over 63m; take a look at a video of S/Y SuRi’s extension on YouTube. SuRi is now an expedition superyacht, able to travel to destinations far and wide, and her added length also enabled designers to add a pretty incredible glass-enclosed guest lounge for guests on board.
4. M/Y Attessa IV
Originally created as Evergreen, a Japanese ship, Attessa IV was first delivered in 1999, before being sold to billionaire Dennis Washington in 2007 and refitted by Washington Yachting Group.
An epic superyacht measuring over 100m, Attessa IV underwent a huge refit at Vancouver shipyards, which took over three and a half years. During this time her bow, stern and superstructure style were all replaced, the interior and exterior were completely redesigned, and she was given a new tender garage and helipad. A notable standout feature to look out for, is a giant glass sculpture located in the upper deck lounge, and created by the artist Dale Chihuly.
5. M/Y Minnow
While M/Y Minnow may be the smallest of our top five, her refit project is by no means any less impressive. Originally built in 1986, Minnow underwent a refit at Marine Group Boat Works, adding approximately seven metres to her LOA.
Minnow underwent a similar process to SuRi, with her hull being cut down the middle to extend her length, with a brand new paint scheme also applied and her interior completely gutted and revamped.
Todd Roberts, president of Marine Group Boat Works, described how the yard worked collaboratively and closely with the owner and captain for over two years. He also commented, “The owner ended up loving the finished product so much; it served as inspiration for the interior of the owner’s boutique in Hawaii.”