Iconic superyachts for sale

26 January 2015

Among the many hundreds of yachts currently for sale, a handful can be dubbed 'iconic' by reason of their design pedigree, performance record or history. Here we present five iconic superyacht for sale.

Superyacht Athena is for sale

Ocean Independence are the central agents for sale of the famous 90m Royal Huisman sailing yacht Athena at an asking price of $75 million.

Built by Holland's Royal Huisman yard to Lloyds class and MCA coded, Athena was delivered to industry acclaim in 2004. She has a pure Dutch pedigree, combining the talents of Pieter Beeldsnijder for exterior design with the naval architectural skills of Dykstra Naval Architects She boasts superb engineering, state-of-the-art sail handling gear and interior joinery of the highest quality in lightly stained mahogany. Accommodation is for 10 guests in five cabins laid out as a full beam master suite, three double staterooms with queen size beds and a single cabin.

One of the largest sailing yachts in the world and regular at the world's top superyacht regattas, Athena is as fast as she is good looking. On deck, Some 55 Rondal captive and drum winches allow lightning fast tacks under full sail while sails can be set and stowed at the press of a button or two.

Photo of superyacht SS Delphine for sale

Northrop & Johnson have been appointed central agent for sale of the historic 78.5m steam-powered motor yacht SS Delphine asking $39 million.

Commissioned by the US auto magnate Horace Dodge, she was delivered in 1921 and named after his only daughter Delphine. The largest steam ship ever built in the United States, she had a massive restoration completed between 1997 and 2003 with no expense spared. Accommodation is for 26 guests in two VIP suites, nine double staterooms and a four-bunk cabin. Power comes from two 1,500hp quadruple steam expansion engines.

Superyacht Mari-Cha III is for sale

Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokerage and Burgess are jointly listing for sale the famous 44.7m high performance sailing yacht Mari-Cha III asking $9.5 million.

Built by New Zealand's Sensation Yachts to a design by French designer Philippe Briand and ABS classed, she was launched in 1997 as one of the fastest sailing superyachts in her class. This award-winning and record-breaking yacht was originally conceived as a hybrid high performance cruising yacht, with a lavish interior so that her owner could enjoy fast, comfortable and safe cruising. The holder of numerous records, Mari-Cha III can reach speeds of up to 17 knots with only 14 knots of true wind.

A John Munford designed interior combines classic elegance with a light and breezy feel, providing very spacious accommodation for eight guests in a large master cabin with en suite facilities, a double and a twin cabin, both with bathrooms en suite, along with a smaller cabin with upper and lower berths.

Superyacht Aschanti IV of Vegesack is for sale

Dahm international in Spain is offering for sale the 34.8m historic sailing yacht Aschanti IV of Vegesack asking 4,950,000.

She was built by Germany's Burmester yard to a design by Henry Gruber and delivered in 1954. A staysail schooner, she was originally named Aschanti of Saba and has a steel hull and teak superstructure. A major refit by Lürssen in 1994 saw the installation of up to date technology including hydraulic winches and two 36.5m spruce masts were stepped. In 2009, a further refit gave her a new interior in mahogany by US designer Dee Robinson.

Regularly upgraded, Aschanti IV of Vegesack is a veteran of the world's classic yacht regattas, and she has completed several transoceanic journeys. Notably, she carries a complete set of spare parts to facilitate her long distance cruising with peace of mind.

Accommodation is for six guests in a double master stateroom with en suite facilities and two twin cabins sharing a bathroom. Under power, a 504hp MTU diesel engine gives Aschanti IV of Vegesack a range of 2,500 nautical miles at nine knots.

Luxury yacht Moonbeam of Fife III is for sale

Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokerage is listing for sale the 30m classic sailing yacht Moonbeam of Fife III asking 1.95 million

Built in teak on elm by Scotland's Fairlie yard to one of William Fife's designs, Moonbeam of Fife III was delivered in 1903. She was the third of four yachts of the same name that were launched between 1850 and 1920, and started life as a yawl. Between the 1920s and '30s she made a move to the Mediterranean where she acquitted herself well on the racing circuit, but then she was abandoned in France for almost a quarter of a century.

Fortunately a yachting enthusiast saw fit to rescue her in 1998, and she was sent to the former Camper & Nicholsons yard in Gosport, England, for a complete restoration before making a welcome return to the classic sailing circuit.

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