Built of steel and aluminium in the Netherlands in 1963, with naval architecture and design by De Voogt, the canoe stern displacement yacht has benefited from a continuous refit program. Part of the exclusive Feadship Heritage Fleet, she was most recently refitted in 2023, with large areas of her hull plating replaced.
Santa Maria was originally built for Henry Ford II and was "the most expensive Feadship of its time". Accommodation is for a party of 10 in five cabins, comprising a spacious owner's suite, three doubles and a twin cabin. There are quarters for a crew of six.
The broker pointed out that Henry Ford II designed this luxury superyacht to be a “place like home” and that atmosphere still pervades today. The saloon has ample space for lounging as well as a separate area to come together with the family for meals.
For al fresco dining, there is a table on the aft deck complemented by a C-shaped sofa aft – a wonderful place for pre-dinner drinks. Up on the large sundeck there are loungers and bean bags with more covered dining and a Jacuzzi.
Though many original features have been retained, such as cabinetry and teak decks, the yacht’s interiors have evolved over time. The varnished wooden floorboards in the main saloon and cream L-shaped sofa still give Santa Maria a homely feel, while statement animal print wallpaper in the cabins and plush midnight-blue carpets add a contemporary twist.
The 163GT classic yacht for sale is powered by twin diesels, installed in 2019, that give her a range of 2,100 nautical miles at an 11 knots cruising speed and a top speed of 13 knots. New electric zero-speed stabilisers were fitted in 2021. Her inventory includes a 6.2-metre Ribeye tender plus myriad water toys and scuba gear.
Lying in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Santa Maria is asking €5,950,000 with VAT paid.