With colourful stories and old-world charm, classic yachts represent the chance to own a rare and valuable piece of maritime history. BOAT handpicks ten of the finest classic yachts currently listed for sale.
Builder: Van Der Werf
Delivery year: 1963
With her canoe stern and vintage lines, the 86 metre Chakra remains one of the most distinctive yachts in her size class. She started life as a commercial ship and underwent a conversion in 1998 at British yard Devonport Yachts that turned into her a fully-fledged superyacht. Her current owners added to her superyacht appeal in 2016 when she emerged from a refit that included a 13 metre extension.
Chakra's price is available on application with SSH Maritime and Merle Wood.
Delivery year: 1941
This classic Benetti began her life as a cargo vessel that spent her days transporting marble between Italy and Egypt. In the 60s, the 44 metre Francesco Petrarca fell off the radar for a few years and was eventually found languishing in an Egyptian port by her current owner, who made it his mission to restore her to her former glory. The yacht features an oak and pine hull painted a striking shade of scarlet, while her interiors have been optimised for the modern-day market while maintaining their charm.
Delivery year: 1952
First hitting the water in Croatia, the 54 metre Seagull II was originally built as a passenger ship that made frequent journeys along the Adriatic coastline carrying up to 700 people. Now, her guest list is limited to 12 overnighters, but she can accommodate 80 people quayside for special events. She was purchased in 2004 and faithfully restored with a classic interior that maintains her retro appeal with plenty of modern amenities.
Seagull II is asking €5,900,000 with Fraser.
Builder: Georgi Dimitrov
Delivery year: 1962
The 65 metre Bulgarian-built La Sultana has a storied history. She began life as a passenger ferry and was then secretly commandeered during the Cold War and turned into a Soviet spy ship. A seven-year refit has given her a complete transformation - from a barren, military ship into a palatial superyacht with Belle Epoque interiors decked out in detailed wood, plump floral-patterned furniture and rich tones and textures.
La Sultana is asking €9,800,000, listed for sale with Camper & Nicholsons.Read More/La Sultana: Step on board the spy ship that became a superyacht
Bleu de Nimes
Delivery year: 1980
In a previous life, the 72 metre Bleu de Nîmes was a degaussing navy ship owned by the British Royal Navy. She was in excellent condition when her current owner purchased her, owing to a stringent maintenance routine upheld by the Royal Navy. A pair of refits saw a complete conversion and an ambitious extension that added 16 metres to her waterline. She has spent her years as a yacht wisely, travelling to the furthest corners of Papua New Guinea, Greenland and the Seychelles.
Bleu de Nîmes is asking €47,000,000, listed for sale with Edmiston.
Shenandoah of Sark
Builder: Townsend & Downey
Delivery year: 1902
There are 120 years of history behind 55 metre Shenandoah of Sark, including stints as a smuggler’s ship and aristocrat’s party venue. Her old-world appeal was chosen as the backdrop of a Rod Stewart music video and a Vogue photo shoot and her romantic looks still turn heads wherever she cruises. But she’s more than just a pretty face, and her adventures have taken her on some impressive itineraries across the globe, including Madagascar, South Georgia and the Maldives.
Shenandoah of Sark is asking €9,900,000 with Burgess.Read More/Yacht of the Week: The 120-year-old schooner that caught the attention of James Bond
Lady K II
Builder: Austin & Pickersgill
Delivery year: 1961
Formerly one of the most sought-after superyachts in the world, the 57 metre classic yacht Lady K II was delivered as a cruise ship by British shipyard Austin & Pickersgill. She has since fallen on hard times and is now in need of some TLC. For the past few years, she has been waiting for a buyer to complete her rebuild, which began in Southampton in 2012. The restoration is estimated to cost several million with work primarily required on the exterior of the vessel.
Lady K II is asking €1,531,411 with AB Yacht.
Delivery year: 1984
Built by Hong Kong’s Supercraft in 1984, the 65 metre Van Triumph is a true classic that is primed for a passionate buyer in the market for a piece of yachting history. Van Triumph would make an excellent support yacht or a principal yacht, although she would require some modifications to bring her up to superyacht standards. She was built with long-range cruising and privacy threats in mind, and as a result, she offers generous storage compartments and bulletproof construction in the accommodation and wheelhouse.
Van Triumph is asking $11,000,000 with Executive Marine.
Delivery year: 1905
The 49 metre Invader has a colourful history and a bright future. Her star-studded guest list includes Charlie Chaplin and she set the record in the Transpac Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu in 1926. With excellent performance and comfortable interiors, she is now looking for a new owner to enjoy her well-appointed social spaces and sweeping decks. She has been well-maintained over the years, most recently with a refit in 2018.
Invader is asking €3,850,000 with Mortola Yacht & Ship.