The Croatian design firm 2Pixel Studio has sent us more details on their latest conversion project, Vis. Superyacht Vis, once owned by Marshal Tito, was built by the Uljanik shipyard in 1956 as the Headquarter Command Ship of Yugoslav Navy forces. Vis served almost 50 years as a navy command ship, until the current owner bought it directly from the army in 2002.
When she was owned by Tito high profile guests were regularly on board the yacht. The members of the British Royal Family resided twice on the ship, Richard Burton and Sofia Loren were also among the guests invited by Tito.
Vis measures 58 metres in length, has a beam of 8.9 metres with a total displacement of 670t and 3m draught. She was built to the highest specifications of her time; iron hull and aluminium superstructure, three auxiliary engines with generators as sources of electrical energy. This boat was run by two slow-motion, now worn out, diesel engines of 1,000hp each. Originally the boat interior was equipped with two saloons and 32 cabins with 52 berths, and all the decks were coated with 6cm of well-preserved high quality teak wood.
Optimal reconstruction of the boat implies conversion into luxury yacht, floating mini hotel or charter boat to SOLAS regulations. The current plans are to convert the vessel into a luxury yacht for 12 passengers.
Initial investments have already been made in the technical side of the project, as these will remain the same regardless of the final purpose of the vessel.