Icon Yachts relaunches 69m classic yacht Sherakhan
by Chris Jefferies
Work began on September 13 and she emerged from the Harlingen-based yard at the end of last month. The most noticeable change is her hull finish, which has been changed from a classic vintage blue to a modern, minimalistic white.
Speaking last month, the owner of Sherakhan said: “You won’t be able to recognise her, she is getting a completely new look and when you will see her you won’t believe it is the same boat.”
Other work included a cosmetic interior refit, upgraded electrical, audio and TV systems as well as new cabling. She is now due to set off on a worldwide cruise, taking in Antarctica, Patagonia, Polynesia, Greenland and the Baltic Sea.
Launched in 1966 by Vuyk, she was the first yacht to attain Bureau Veritas Class, which means her 1,945GT interior can host up to 24 guests split across 12 lavish staterooms, including an owner’s suite, two VIP cabins, five doubles, two twins and two single rooms.
Meanwhile, her crew quarters can house a staff of up to 19 people. Star features include a Jacuzzi, a superyacht gym and a pair of Joker Clubman 24 EFB tenders.
Power comes from a single 1,380hp Caterpillar 3512B-DITA diesel engine that propels Sherakhan to a top speed of 13 knots with comfortable cruising at 12 knots. When trimmed back to her economical speed of ten knots, she boasts a range of 3,500 nautical miles, drawing on a total fuel capacity of 128,000 litres.