This year’s best superyacht conversion

The conversion of the superyacht Enigma XK, recently won the award of “Best yacht conversion” at the World Superyacht Awards held on 3rd May 2014. The superyacht, which measures 72M LOA, was converted from a British government-owned military protection vessel into a luxury expedition yacht. The work was carried out in leading French shipyard - Atlantic Refit Center.

The awards ceremony was held at Amsterdam's National Maritime Museum. The Boat International jury commented, “The conversion of superyacht Enigma XK from a British government-owned Fisheries Protection Vessel designed for service in the roughest of North Atlantic waters, into a comfortable and capable expedition yacht was extremely well done by the La Rochelle-based Atlantic Refit Center, according to the judges”.

Stéphane Marcelli, co-founder with Chris Atkinson and managing director of Atlantic Refit Center commented, “It was an extremely challenging project to fit everything you need on board a superyacht into a former military vessel and keep the original profile of the vessel. My first thank you goes to the owner for his vision and the trust he put in our team. We are very proud to see this stunning vessel receive the superyacht industry’s highest accolades”.

The exterior design of the vessel was undertaken by Phillipe Briand and still honours the original looks and aesthetics of the vessel, as the owner requested.

Interior design was carried out by Veerle Battiau, who made the most of the space on board with a glazed private saloon and dining area next to to the owner’s suite, as well as another saloon and dining room and five guest cabins.

For more information, visit Atlantic Refit Center.

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