Onboard the newly-refitted 76m Oceanco superyacht Wheels with Captain Stefhan Malherbe

Considering the breadth and depth of Oceanco’s fleet, you’d expect the yard to have a dynasty that spans centuries and not decades. Despite being the youngest major player in the country, it quickly shouldered into the upper echelons of Dutch shipbuilding.  Wheels yacht cruisingPhoto: Jeff BrownThe shipyard made its first splash in 1993 with the delivery of the far from modest 56.2-metre superyacht The Wellesley (ex. Achiever), and come 2008 had launched its 20th superyacht – a major milestone. The 75.5-metre superyacht Wheels (ex. Anastasia) might not have been the builder’s largest when she hit the water, but she was certainly one of the most striking. 

Wheels was also the first time that Sam Sorgiovanni Designs and Oceanco partnered up for a project, and the duo have since designed and delivered the 88.5-metre Nirvana, the 88.5-metre Barbara and the 110.1-metre Kaos.Wheels yacht cruising Originally designed and commissioned for private use, Wheels was enjoyed by a single owner and family for more than a decade. She passed hands in 2018 and her new owners felt that her family-focused general arrangement and literary of entertainment would make her ideal for the charter market – and they certainly weren’t mistaken.Wheels yacht saloon Wheels yacht hall After three successful seasons chartering with Fraser Yachts, the captain and crew had a full picture of which areas were used and which needed refining. Last year she was booked in for a no-expense-spared refit at the Palumbo shipyards.Captain Stefhan Malherbe“The refit was extensive and great attention was paid to optimise the charter experience,” Captain Stefhan Malherbe told SuperYacht Times. “With guests spending so much time out on the decks, we decided to renovate all of her alfresco spaces.” Starting from the observation deck, the four viewing chairs have all been reupholstered and thanks to an altered ventilation system, the uppermost deck has a much quieter and more tranquil atmosphere. Wheels yacht deck Wheels yacht deck  Her sundeck has been changed enormously and is now home to a large aft Canadian Jacuzzi, an exterior bar and removable windbreakers. She also has a platform that fits over the hot tub, acting as a stage for bands or DJs, new speakers and all the paraphernalia for parties. For the more sedate afternoons, guests can enjoy her spectacular outdoor cinema, courtesy of Palumbo.Wheels yacht anchored “The new layout of the sundeck has been a great success and we find that guests now spend most of their days on charter together here,” Malherbe said. “Smaller groups have breakfast by the new dining space we created, and the new Jacuzzi and bar are both very popular.”

The other exterior area that was totally redesigned was her upper deck aft. New large exterior dining tables were installed and their orientation was changed, providing guests with even more impressive views while they wine and dine together. To ensure that space can be used regardless of the weather, additional windbreakers and a new awning were added. Wheels yacht saloon Spanning seven decks with 1,991 GT and six staterooms comprising a master, two VIPs and three guest staterooms, Wheels has an abundance of space for 12 overnight guests. Wheels' master suite is sublime; it’s split-level and comes complete with an impressive mezzanine-style study. “What I personally love about the master suite is the 180-degree sea view that can be enjoyed from the private upper deck,” Malherbe added. 

Her remaining guest suites are situated on the main deck and each benefits from a freshly renovated ensuite and upgraded Akumendo AV system. Wheels also has impressive crew quarters that can host a 21-strong team, including experts in sports: wakeboarding, kitesurfing, sailing, diving, yoga, and fitness instructors.Wheels yacht anchored Throughout these two refits, the owner worked to enhance and not displace the original light, airy and Asian-inspired ambiance that Sam Sorgiovanni curated. In lieu of traditional parquet flooring, light and richly detailed bamboo lines the floor. The colour scheme and subtle motifs found throughout the yacht further the Eastern charm.  Wheels yacht cruising The two indoor spaces subject to the biggest changes were the main and upper deck saloons. The general arrangement of the former was totally overthrown to create a number of seating areas for watching television, reading, writing or socialising. The poker table from the upper deck was also brought down to complement the space.

With free space in the upper saloon, a new oval table and curved seating arrangement was added, along with a new marble-topped bar installed. Further entertainment is found in the shape of a cinema and wellness centre, complete with a spa and fully-equipped air-conditioned gym. Wheels yacht cinema Wheels always delivered in entertainment and joined the charter market with an enviable toybox, brimming with tenders Jet Skis, e-foils, inflatables and a sundeck slide. But her tender garage is even more packed as last year her owner turned the fleet into an armada with even more tenders and toys, including a Chris Craft guest tender and a new Nacra performance sailing catamaran.

Not only does Wheels offer a wealth of amenities, she has a crew to match. The superyacht was awarded the Best Charter Crew in the 50-metres and above category at the Fraser 20th Captains and Crew Gala Awards.  Wheels yacht cruising with toysPhoto: Jeff BrownAvailable for charter with Fraser Yachts, Wheels' calendar is brimming. For the summer Mediterranean season, “We are available for charters most of May and June; however, from June through to September we are usually chartering back-to-back,” Malherbe explained. 

The weekly price to charter this award-winning superyacht is €790,000 during the summer. While her price in the winter is $850,000 per week.