With colourful stories and old-world charm, classic yachts represent the chance to own a rare and valuable piece of maritime history. BOAT International handpicks eight of the finest classic yachts currently listed for sale.
Builder: Chantier Naval de Normandie
The 31 metre schooner was originally commissioned by an American aristocratic couple and has been kept in excellent company over her near-century on the water. Notable guests have included famed creatives and intellectuals such as Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, and Pablo Picasso, the latter having reportedly designed the yacht’s house flag. Weatherbird’s romantic features have been carefully preserved over the years, with a seventeen-month refit in 2021 leaving her in pristine condition to continue navigating the high seas for many more years to come.
Weatherbird is asking €3,370,000 with Northrop & Johnson.
First delivered in 1976, Northern Sun started life as an ice-class marine research vessel and has since been rebuilt as a luxury expedition yacht. With a range of 10,000 nautical miles, she is a born explorer and can cross the Pacific ocean several times without needing to refuel. Her modern stabilisation system minimises roll should the weather take a turn and guests can retreat to one of her two saloons. Still, she embraces her past with original windlasses, antique rugs and artwork depicting clipper ships of the early 19th century and mid-20th century passenger liners.
Northern Sun is asking $15,000,000 with Ocean Independence.
Seagull II is a classic yacht with a colourful history. Part of the “Six Poets” series by Croatian shipyard Uljanik, she is now believed to be the only survivor. Her exterior maintains the appearance of a classic ocean liner – she once served as a cruise ship frequenting the Adriatic coastline - but her interior underwent a substantial rebuild in 2005 that transformed her into a luxury motor yacht well-suited for charter. The interior decoration leaned into the yacht’s technical 1930s heritage, carrying through a late Art Nouveau influence. The ornate columns, friezes, and handrails culminate in an elegant spiral wooden staircase, which connects several of the guest accommodations with an owner’s saloon.
Seagull II is asking €5,900,000 with Fraser.
A series of refits and upgrades throughout Amara’s history of long voyages have cemented her reputation as one of Feadship’s most adventurous vessels. Her most recent refit only added to her exploration potential with the addition of a reinforced helipad bearing Amara’s logo, rather than the customary “H”, and capable of carrying a twin-engine helicopter. A 12-person Jacuzzi and a bar complete the set-up on the sun deck. Work was completed at her home shipyard alongside her 35-year Lloyd’s survey.
Amara is asking €20,995,000 with Y.CO.
Nereus underwent an extensive restoration process spanning from 2014 to 2021 at a cost in excess of $20 million. However, the newly fitted yacht still retains the classical naval architecture that saw her celebrated as the first build from Feadship to sail across the Atlantic. The addition of entertainment centres, Samsung television screens, and ample socialising spaces throughout the vessel veritably add to the guests’ experience while bringing Nereus into the modern day.
Nereus is asking $6,200,000 with Denison Yachting.
Builder: Astilleros de Mallorca
Built by Spain’s Astilleros de Mallorca in 1977, Berzinc is a prime example of a fully rebuilt classic motor yacht. Stripped back to her metal work and totally transformed over three years, she was redelivered as a modern charter yacht with a large swim platform and flybridge. The yacht now showcases a bright interior to connect the inside of the vessel with its expansive deck spaces. Her success as a charter vessel offers additional promise for future demand and investment appeal.
Berzinc is asking €3,600,000 with Northrop & Johnson and SuperYachtsMonaco.
Lionshare is a fine example of a classic Heesen, offered for sale on competition of an interior refit and 35-year ABS special survey. The refit saw a dark interior, dominated by browns abandoned in favour of light woods, white lacquer and bursts of marine blue. Additional updates to the yacht’s navigation equipment make for a seamless and uncompromising journey throughout some of the world’s most picturesque locations, where the Dutch build’s classic craftsmanship is sure to sit in uniform.
Lionshare is asking $5,900,000 with Northrop & Johnson.
Blue de Nimes
In a previous life, the 72 metre Bleu de Nîmes was a degaussing navy ship owned by the British Royal Navy. Her current owner, a lifelong boater, purchased the vessel and oversaw an ambitious rebuild that transformed her from spy ship to superyacht with a 16 metre extension. It was the first of two extensive rebuilds, the second of which began in 2016 and saw the ship brought to Passenger Yacht Code (PYC), enabling her to legally charter with 28 guests, 23 crew and four staff. The owner even set up his own yard to complete the work on both occasions - a risk that paid off as she has been on the move ever since, travelling to the furthest corners of Papua New Guinea, Greenland and the Seychelles thanks to her 20,000 nautical-mile range.
Bleu de Nîmes is asking €47,000,000 with Edmiston.Read More/Bleu de Nîmes: The 72m navy ship that became a superyacht