Classic yacht Cacouna to be restored at Dunya Yachts
by Chris Jefferies
The 36 metre classic yacht Cacouna, which was first launched in 1932 by Camper & Nicholsons and was once chartered by Elizabeth Taylor, is set to begin an extensive 30-month restoration at Turkish yard Dunya Yachts.
GL Watson & Co will be acting as the owner’s representatives on this meticulous and sensitive restoration project. The British firm will also advise on her interior and exterior styling, which will be reminiscent of some of the world’s best classic yachts.
Antony J. Harrison, director of GL Watson, told Boat International: “We chose Dunya Yachts as the location for the Cacouna restoration project because of the yard’s extensive experience and eagerness to undertake the challenge, as well as various quality and cost considerations.”
He added that 60% of Cacouna’s interior will be retained as part of the superyacht refit, including the original deck and bridge equipment.
Cacouna features a steel hull, steel superstructure and teak decks. Her 6.25 metre beam allows for a total interior volume of 204GT, with accommodation for 12 guests.
She has had several high-profile owners over the years, including Hollywood stuntman and entrepreneur Leslie Leroy Irvin.
After serving as an escort vessel during World War II, Cacouna’s connection with the silver screen was re-established in 1959 when actress Elizabeth Taylor and singer Eddie Fisher chartered her in the Mediterranean for their honeymoon.
Her fifth owner, Gerard Bauche sold Cacouna in 2000, at which point she was moved to Turkey and renamed Dear B.
GL Watson is keen to hear from anyone with connections to Cacouna during her early years, when she was also known as Wileka and Olnico.