Plans for a 60 metre superyacht conversion project
Monday, 8 October 2012
Undoubtedly there are several commercial vessels either in service or retired which one could definitely consider converting into a yacht. However, there are also precious few which have been looked after and are suitable for conversion.
Today’s owners are very specific about what they want and most have done their homework and/or have extensive knowledge of the vessel they are interested in and how much it is worth. A 60 metre is not something you might build yourself easily, but it might be something you would consider converting. Taking into account the price for a new build compared with the costs needed to convert a vessel of the same size – they can be poles apart. This is where converting definitely makes sense and this particular vessel is an excellent candidate for conversion.
Not every vessel should be considered for conversion; first and foremost the vessel has to be in general good condition; secondly, it should be a long range, go anwhere craft which can cope with all weather and coastal conditions. Boats that were originally built to comply with those demands are perfect for conversion. These are the points to think about when considering going ahead with a conversion project, along with a smart and concise business plan which clearly shows that the conversion is a real, economical alternative to a new build.
This 60 metre conversion vessel fulfils all of the above criteria, making it perfect for conversion. In addition, the clean exterior lines of both hull and superstructure are already closed to give the vessel a real yacht appearance. Its unique character - with the high bow and the quite voluminous deck superstructure and fore section – means that the boat resembles an explorer yacht, whereas the opening into a spacious middle and aft section with three different deck floors gives the boat a rather gentleman’s yacht styling.
The existing deck areas are very suitable for various types of use: relaxation or dining, entertainment or tender storage areas. The upper deck would provide the right ambience and space for a dining or lounge area, whereas, when extended to the aft, space for a helipad could be easily provided. The wide side decks offer the feel of a cruiseliner and can also be furnished.
The current division under deck could most satisfactorily remain as it is, however the layout could be completely changed to the owner’s wishes whilst still complying with the existing structural elements. The non existing engine room favours the layout planning process due to the flexibility of the diesel electric propulsion system.
Apparently the vessel had been maintained and sailed with care over many years before turned into an event venue and being almost completely stripped out, in some parts even down to the bare steel. The hull shows very little deflection from touching the dock or sailing through heavy seas and the corrosion is considerably small according to the vessel’s age, leaving her in surprisingly good condition.
Not only is the boat available, but a first concept for a conversion has been developed by ODENWALD – The Yacht Surveyors together with Anders Design LLP, who had been contracted to draw up designs for a client who was seriously interested in purchasing the vessel. The client, who had come through broker Dan Sharp from Think Yachts, and already owned a smaller conversion yacht, was looking for something bigger but stepped back later for personal reasons. This is not the first time Think Yachts, ODENWALD and Anders Design have collaborated, having previously been connected with a 45 metre and a 50 metre.
Their concept here is drawn on economic principles as well as preservation: maintaining as much as possible of the existing hull and structure in order to avoid high costs for structural changes. In accordance with this brief, the decision was made to draft a design which removed rather than added materials and structural elements to the vessel. Due to the spacious decks and wide side decks, the deck spaces would be kept more or less as they are. Each deck space on board provides, with the current layout, enough possibilities to enjoy these areas for relaxation. Some of the deck spaces can be covered with permanent or removable canvas sunshades to create a completely different exterior style on an inexpensive basis. The new exterior design would be highlighted by a new color of hull, superstructure and masts. The installation of flat surface windows in various areas would change the exterior design and create a light and liveable interior. Last but not least a flybridge is included as the owner’s private observation area.
This project is a prime example of a conversion project showing how to start, where to set the focus and what to end with. The premise is to have a good team and to follow a tight budget with an equally strict project plan.