Jan Verkerk, the yacht’s general manager and chief engineer (who oversaw the refit) joined the crew and yard team for a party to celebrate the completion of the eight-week project. More than 150 guests descended on the Harlingen yard for live music and a glimpse of Sherakhan, looking glossy from a complete exterior repaint. Less visible are the extensive technical upgrades that she has undergone during the short refit, as well as the new low emission generators with which she has been fitted.
The yacht was built by Holland’s Vuyk en Zonen in 1965 and transformed into a luxury superyacht in 2005, with a refit in 2008. Sherakhan sleeps 26 guests and 19 crew in a spacious interior. She is known as a well-travelled explorer, with a round-the-world voyage scheduled for 2015 – taking in destinations including the Antarctic, Galapagos Islands and South Pacific. She is currently en route to Antigua where she is anticipating a busy charter season.
Sherakhan’s relaunch follows the completion of two other superyacht refits at Icon Yachts this year: 47.5 metre Feadship superyacht Princess Too and 68 metre superyacht Icon (which was also built by the yard). In October the hull of the new Icon 250 superyacht, penned by Tim Heywood, arrived at the yard in preparation for the main build.