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'Skeleton' yacht Bella T up for auction in South Africa

12 January 2022• Written by Tom McGhie


Motor Yacht


Axpe ·  44.96 m ·  1976

The partially-built 45 metre superyacht Bella T is set to be sold at auction in March after being neglected for over two decades.

The auction will take place at the Judicial Western Cape High Court in Cape Town where Bella T, previously known as Summit One and Lac III, has been moored for the last twenty years.

The yacht is currently under judicial arrest after it was caught in a legal dispute between owners.

The yacht has been moored in Cape Town since the early 2000s
Imagery courtesy of Solution Strategists

Specialists in vessel sales Solution Strategists are holding the auction, which includes both Bella T and four containers of equipment, including her interior fittings and her original Caterpillar D348 TA engines.

Ariella Kuper, founder and managing director at Solution Strategists said: “The person who takes this on is going to have to be very brave. It is a beautiful hull but what you’ve got there is a skeleton.”

The yacht was originally constructed in steel and aluminium in 1977 by Spanish yard Maritima de Axpe to a design by Douglas Sharp and Arthur De Fever.

Bella T has been described as a "skeleton"

After several name and owner changes, the yacht was brought to South African refit yard Farocean Marine for a refit which included an overall length increase of five metres.

However another legal dispute followed and the refit was abandoned in 2003 and the yacht has remained in an incomplete state in Cape Town since.

Her sistership Valeria, formerly known as Lac II, was constructed by Feadship's De Vries after being commissioned by the same owner.

Bella T's auction will be held on Microsoft Teams on 1 March 2022, with Ariella Kuper presiding over proceedings.

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