Converted superyacht Salem sails again

Written by Charl van Rooy

A major refit saw the once 73 metre converted superyacht emerge with a length overall of 86 metres and a new name – Chakra. Few details regarding the refit of the 1963-built ex ocean weather vessel are known, apart from that it is believed to have taken place in Greece. Chakra was recently spotted outside Monaco.

Although no major extensions to Chakra’s hull itself were made, her new length is largely the result of the massive bowsprit that now sticks out over 8 metres from the foredeck. Another new addition is Chakra’s swim platform at the stern of the vessel that now allows guests easy access to the water.

Her once yellow hull colour has been replaced with a nearly all-white exterior and deep copper/brown accents. Forward of the bridge, a new viewing deck was created to further extend the onboard deck space. Details surrounding the possible changes to her unique interior that was created for a Middle Eastern client during her original conversion by Devonport shipyard in 1998, is yet to be confirmed.

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