I just posted a new “10 Best” list, this one of charter yachts that have undergone recent refits. One of the boats really jumped out as something I haven’t seen before in the charter industry: a motorsailer turned completely into a motoryacht.
Her name is Islander, and she was built in 1991 as the boat you see in the top photograph on this page. Yes, that is a full set of sails helping to power her across the ocean. Masts and rigging and all.
The owner of Islander in this form died in 2002, and his son has since taken ownership of the yacht. The son always thought she should be a motoryacht, I’m told by broker Fiona Maureso of Peter Insull’s, which manages Islander for charter. Hence the work that is being completed right now in a shipyard in Jacksonville, Florida, to turn Islander into the proper motoryacht shown in the bottom image on this page.
Once the refit is complete–which is expected to be during the current winter season–Islander is expected to become available for charters in the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Note that the yacht also will be for sale following the refit, which means her summer 2010 availability and location will depend greatly on immediate charter inquiries as well as any new owner’s decisions.
Look for more details from me about the Islander refit (including new audiovisual and communications systems) after the work is complete. Until then, you can learn more or book a week onboard through any reputable charter broker.