Merle Wood & Associates and Yachtzoo have announced a new sales listing in the form of a 63m conversion project named SuRi, which is for sale at $43.9 million.
“SuRi was originally commissioned at Halter Marine in 1978 as a commercial vessel; a crabber to be specific,” explained John Cohen, the sales broker representing the listing at Merle Wood & Associates, in an exclusive conversation with SuperyachtNews.
“My client [the current owner] purchased the boat in 2007 and did a preliminary conversion into a shadow yacht [at Yachts Escort Ships boatyard]. When he started using the boat, it cruised very well and he was very happy with it, but he wanted to add to it. So, in 2012, he decided to do just that.”
The owner took the boat to Bay Ship & Yacht Co. repair yard in Alameda, California, to undergo an 11m extension. “The yard cut the boat in half and added a large section in the middle. The owner wanted to increase the accommodation, deck space and capacity for additional tenders and toys. He believed a large extension would enhance the overall boat,” added Cohen. The yacht has since cruised all over the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and Antarctica, so she is a proven globetrotter.
A closer look at the SuRi's GA and list of particulars shows that the yacht has become “the ultimate toy box”, as Cohen puts it, with considerably more tender and toy options than your average superyacht. A sea plane, a helicopter, a hovercraft, a fishing boat, a speedboat and motorcycles are among the assortment of options for thrill-seeking owners and guests.
Cohen says the interior is beautifully detailed and “beach house-styled”. Most of the living space is in the built-up superstructure forward. However, the accommodation, which is for 15 guests in seven staterooms, has been allocated to the mid-ship area, where the boat is most stable, on the main and lower decks.
“There is a large lounge below deck where there is a theatre video room and underwater viewing ports, which are all backlit,” added Cohen. A complementary feature to this is a feeding tube on the main deck, which congregates fish in the area underneath the boat for an enhanced viewing experience.
As one could imagine, she charters exceptionally well. “We’ve had clients from all over the world,” said Cohen. “She’s chartered to clients from the US, Europe, Asia – a multitude of places and they’ve come back a number of times.”
At the time of writing the yacht was passing through the Indian Ocean to the Eastern Mediterranean, where the owner will be cruising on her towards the end of August. Following that, she will be exhibited at the Monaco Yacht Show, before heading over to Fort Lauderdale.