Converted motor yacht Lars sets off on maiden voyage
2012-05-02By Malcolm MacLean

Under the supervision of designer Felix Buytendijk, the refit of the 36.4m explorer yacht Lars was completed at Stemat Marine Services in Holland and she has set out for her maiden voyage to the Baltic.

Originally conceived as the ultimate sea-going tug by Holland's Made yard in 1995, the build was never completed and her hull was purchased by the current owner at the end of 2010 with a view to conversion.

Delivered in February 2012, Lars is now a luxury go-anywhere exploration yacht. Her superstructure has been restyled, a sun deck has been added and she even incorporates a swim platform.

Lars has been repowered with a new 1,500hp Caterpillar engine giving a range of 6,420 nautical miles. Bureau Veritas classed and MCA compliant, accommodation is for eight guests in a master stateroom and three guest suites plus up to five crew.

Lars is presently north of Bergen, Norway, with plans to travel to Spitsbergen, the west coast of Greenland and Iceland.