About a year ago, I told you about refit work happening at the Rybovich shipyard in Florida to extend the 164-foot Delta motoryacht formerly known as Newvida and refit her into a 185-footer now called My Seanna. The yacht was on the docks at last week’s Antigua Charter Yacht Show, where I had a chance to get aboard with Capt. Todd Lee and see the finished product.
Unfortunately, post-refit photographs are not yet available, and I was not permitted to bring a camera around, but here are my overall impressions based on my inside tour.
Without question, she is a much-improved charter yacht. Still with the same owner, My Seanna looks like a new yacht in a lot of places. Some materials, like woodwork and bathroom stonework, remain the same, but updates to everything from the furniture to the stowage areas have improved and updated the 2001 build a great deal.
“There’s not an inch on the inside that hasn’t been redone,” Lee told me. “There was no expense spared. Redoing the felt on the inside of the china cabinet, that could’ve paid for a new car.”
The biggest changes that will be visible to charter guests are in the yacht’s aft section and on her bridge deck. The aft extension, clearly visible in the bottom rendering at right, allows for a more contemporary transom design, including an open aft deck seating area (it used to be much more enclosed) and a water-level beach club with access to a new 40-foot, 38-knot, sexy VanDutch tender. Access to the tender is by way of an Opacmare Transformer, which is a nifty contraption whose height adjusts to either extend the swim platform or turn it into a boarding gate so guests don’t have to step up or down into the tender. Just across, easy as can be.
My Seanna‘s main-deck entrance to the yacht from the aft deck is also greatly enhanced, with new furnishings and more space for guests to relax. Less visible in this area are new wine lockers and crew pantries, but they will go a long way toward helping the crew provide an even higher level of service.
On the bridge deck, the big addition is a new VIP cabin that, to my eye, is a better space than the main-deck master. The room is smaller, but the views over the yacht’s bow are fantastic, and the new decor with gold-leaf-trimmed woodwork is beautiful. Given that My Seanna has zero-speed stabilizers, sleeping in this upper area of the yacht should be just as comfortable at anchor as sleeping in the master, so personally, I’d opt to sleep here and enjoy the views, along with the same-deck access to a sauna. The new stateroom also makes the yacht a good option for two families who want to charter together and split the bill, because it could arguably be described as a second master.
I asked around on the docks and heard some charter brokers complimenting the refit while a few others questioned the decision to leave some of the original spaces alone, such as bathrooms in the bottom-deck guest cabins. Anyone who has updated a room in her home knows this Catch-22, that if you fix up one area, it can make existing areas look older than they really are. There is arguably a bit of this going on aboard My Seanna post-refit, but there’s no question that the newly installed spaces are a great improvement over the previous yacht’s layout, and that they will enhance charters for the upcoming season in the Caribbean as well as for many years to come.