There is something almost ethereal about the sight of a yacht from another era. Some have since been transformed into modern-day marvels, while others are time capsules patiently awaiting a passionate owner in search of a new project. If you happen to be in the market for a slice of history, here's our selection of classic yachts for sale at the Virtual BOAT Show, courtesy of Camper & Nicholsons International.
Built in steel by Bulgarian yard Giorgi Dmitrov and delivered in 1962, the 65.4 metre motor yacht La Sultana originally served as a Black Sea passenger ferry. In 1970 however, the Soviet navy commandeered her for use as a spy ship. She was rescued from this tawdry role in 2007 by the luxury hotel group La Sultana which converted her into a luxurious charter superyacht. Accommodation is now for 12 guests in seven cabins, all with luxurious en suite bathrooms finished in marble and onyx.
La Sultana is asking €22,500,000.
Built in steel and aluminium to RINA class by Italian yard CRN with an in-house design, the 57.79 metre motor yacht Shaf was delivered in 1981 and underwent an extensive technical refit in 2019 which included two new Caterpillar engines, top to bottom exterior paint, new teak decking and an entire interior refresh. At 638 GT, her very large volumes make her an ideal platform to cruise the world for up to 14 guests in seven well-appointed staterooms, including a full-beam master suite, all with en suite bathroom facilities.
Shaf is asking $8,750,000.
Built in steel and aluminium by Italian yard Benetti to Bureau Veritas class, the 32.8 metre motor yacht Odyssey III was delivered in 1967 as a shining example of the yard’s classic canoe-stern motor yachts. After having undergone a full two year rebuild at Pendennis Shipyard in 2018, she is now in immaculate condition. Accommodation is for up to nine guests in four cabins consisting of a full beam master suite forward, a VIP suite and two twins along with a Pullman berth.
Odyssey III is asking £6,250,000.
Built in triple-planked mahogany by Italian yard Cantieri di Pisa to a design by Pier-Luigi Spadolini, the 40 metre motor yacht Whispers was delivered in 1985 as an Akhir model and was fully refitted in 2015. Her interior can accommodate up to eight guests in four cabins comprising a master suite, VIP suite, double and a twin.
Whispers is asking €950,000.
Built from a steel hull and aluminium superstructure by Dutch superyacht yard Feadship to Lloyd’s class, the 43 metre motor yacht Eclipse was delivered in 1993 and refitted in 2008. Her luxurious interior was designed by Terence Disdale and accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms consisting of a master suite, two doubles and two twins plus a single with a Pullman berth, all with en-suite bathroom facilities.
Eclipse is asking $7,600,000.
Built in steel and aluminium by Italian yard Codecasa, the 34 metre motor yacht Bel-Ami II was delivered in 1998. She is a modern classic and is back on the market following a major 2019/20 refit. A comfortable, expansive interior accommodates up to 10 guests in four cabins laid out as a master suite, VIP suite and two twins plus two Pullman berths, all with entertainment centres, television screens and en suite bathroom facilities.
Bel-Ami II is asking €1,950,000.
The 55 metre motor yacht Sea Huntress was built in steel and aluminium by Dutch yard Feadship with exterior styling and interior design by Terence Disdale and delivered in 1997. A recent refit saw her totally overhauled and repainted from top to bottom with extensive areas of new teak decking, a complete refurbish of her interior decor and much more. Accommodation is for up to 12 guests in five cabins. The full beam master suite is on the main deck and has extra-large windows plus a private study that doubles as an observation lounge.
Sea Huntress is asking €22,750,000.