The 32m CMN-built Necker Belle has been sold as part of an in-house deal with Brokers David Johnson and Tom Houtenbrink of Denison Yacht Sales. Constructed in Cherbourg, France in 2003, Necker Belle, previously named Lady Barbaretta, was once the largest performance sailing catamaran ever built.
In 2009, she underwent refit with Azzura Marine which saw an updated interior and a fourth stateroom added. Her naval architecture and exterior were modernized from her original Chenus Presles & Associates-designed lines while in drydock. Necker Belle’s new owners will have the option to host 10 guests across a four cabin layout. In addition to the one master, and one double, the yacht’s two twin cabins each feature a Pullman bed.
With twin hulls constructed from GRP and thanks to her twin CAT 425 hp engines, Necker Belle cruises around 10 knots and tops out at 14 knots. In 2017, Sir Richard Branson, the previous owner of Necker Belle, offered the yacht's services as a part of a humanitarian relief campaign after Hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean.
Currently located in the British Virgin Islands, the catamaran’s asking price at the time of sale was $2,500,000.
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