The design story behind the 38m millennial yacht Unexpected

28 September 2021

AlumerciA (now named Unexpected) is the desires of two owners – one a keen sailor who decided to spend life at sea aboard a yacht of his own design, and the second, an astute yachtsman who found a suitable project. With the help of Vripack – a design studio revered for its 30-year heritage in explorer yacht design – the owners’ desires were able to be placed at the heart of their yacht.

Original Concept

For most entrepreneurs, creativity never stops. Likewise for Mr Boers, an impassioned sailing enthusiast who having sold his aluminium business set upon his next great adventure. A yacht that could cruise across the seven seas in comfort and style. True to form, AlumerciA was built in aluminium (a nod to his own expertise) by artisans at Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts. Her exterior design hails from the boards of Dutch studio Omega Architects and is underpinned by Vripack’s expert naval architecture. Even within the already skilful world of luxury yachting, expedition yachts demand a particularly high degree of specialist knowledge for which Vripack is the go-to studio.

Delivered in 2001, AlumerciA emerged from the shed as a full displacement expedition yacht equipped with a double Azimuthing dual propeller. She is characterised by exceptional manoeuvrability, low noise and vibration levels with optimum fuel efficiency. Built to Lloyd's class and MCA coding, the 37.69-metre motor yacht more than delivered on her owner’s dream. Over the next 13 years, she travelled the world, logging an impressive 113,408 nm along the way.

An Eye for Refit

Following her 2014 sale, AlumerciA entered the next chapter. Her new owner Serkan Borançili saw the potential for a family-friendly world cruiser and set about bringing that to reality. He engaged the knowledgeable services of Vripack to oversee an extensive 100-day refit. 

With Vripack’s designers and engineers sketching by day, and the building team implementing the designs the very same night, the process ran with startling efficiency. The outcome was transformational, delivered in time and on budget. A rugged explorer yacht coming of age, resulting in a young man’s superyacht.

Zero Compromise

A refit of AlumerciA’s size goes far beyond a revamp. It included an entire reimagined interior. The interior’s structure was retained, but all surface features were redecorated. Major updates were made to the deck and exterior styling. And the main engines and generators were overhauled, ready for fast and efficient cruising.

The former car garage, which had held a custom-built Toyota, was replaced with an all-new beach club. And a new fresco party deck, complete with DJ mixing desk-cum-bar and water slide, was introduced. The Jacuzzi ‘island’ became a sunbather’s paradise.

As a result, AlumerciA gained a second life without sacrificing her functional robustness. In fact, the results were so successful, she won a coveted Neptune trophy as Refit of the Year at the 2015 World Superyacht Awards.