The fate of superyacht Montecristo (ex Belgravia)
By Merijn de Waard, photos by Christo303 & MM Ceuta
Our quest for more information on the current state of superyacht Belgravia worked out very well, thanks all for your help. However the fate of M/Y Montecristo, as Belgravia has been renamed, is looking unsure at present.
We have learned that Belgravia was sold to a Russian client years ago, but he didn’t own her for a long time and she was sold on to a Spanish client. Her new owner wanted to undertake a large refit at the Marina Meridional Ceuta shipyard in Ceuta, Spain and in 2008 the client commissioned the design office of Juan Alba, Arquinaval, to design a proposal for the refit. The owner however changed his mind and Arquinaval only made a few initial design drafts for the client, which you can see below.
In the meantime the Marina Meridional Ceuta shipyard started with the refit and stripped most of the old interior out of the yacht. We spoke to the managing director of Marina Meridional Ceuta, Mr Manuel C. González who gave us an updated report on the vessel:
"The superyacht is in the process of a complete refit and she is at a stage where a new owner would have total freedom of choice in the restoration of this splendid classic gentleman’s motor yacht to its former glory."
"The saloon on the main deck has been dismantled and it is being refurbished, as well as the dining room and kitchen. The owner’s stateroom is forward on the main deck with a double bed, desk, wardrobes and en-suite bathroom. The bridge on the upper deck is accessible from a ladder in the galley and most of the equipment has been dismantled. Aft of the bridge there is enough space to recreate a captain’s cabin and lounge. All the cabins on the lower deck, both guest and crew, have been dismantled and need to be refurbished. The main engines and generators are still on-board, among other equipment."
For more information on the current state of M/Y Montecristo please contact Mr Manuel C. González of Marina Meridional Ceuta. More pre-refit interior and exterior photos of M/Y Montecristo can be seen on her SYT profile.