American naval architecture firm Boksa Marine Design is to convert the 38 metre crew transfer boat Lorraine into a “luxurious motor yacht”.
First built in 1979 by Swift Ships, the aluminium hulled yacht was bought in December, with the conversion due for completion in spring 2022.
Boksa Marina Design is designing and engineering the conversion, which will see the yacht transformed into a private cruising family-friendly motor yacht. Delivery is expected next spring.
While the dimensions and beam of the yacht will not change, the conversion will see a new open deck lead into work and relaxation areas, including lounges fitted with bars and formal dining spaces.
A tender garage will be installed, and VIP cabins will be arranged on the main and upper decks. Guest accommodation will comprise a traditional master stateroom and four additional guest staterooms below.
The project is being managed by Valdez Alaska of Apex Marine, who is building the yacht in a commercial shipyard in Louisiana.
In a statement, Boksa Marine explained the benefits of a conversion: “Converting a workboat into a yacht can provide a cost savings, providing options and frequently a quicker route for vessel construction.”