The 53.09m classic schooner platform, which was US-flagged and Lloyd’s classed, is based on the original Gloucester Fishing Schooner of 1923, which was built at the historic A.D. Story shipyard in Essex Massachusetts, a vessel that Eastern’s owner, Brian D’Isernia opted to recreate as a modern sailing yacht.
In collaboration with John W Gilbert & Associates, and utilising AutoCAD design software, the hull was redesigned in steel, with Covey Island Boatworks reimagining the spars and rigging. Modern touches include a Caterpillar C-18 diesel propulsion system and transverse bow thrusters, underwater LED lighting, and all of the onboard AV/IT and HVAC systems associated with a modern superyacht.
SuperyachtNews.com was at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where Columbia was on display, alongside an Eastern stand and it is fair to say that the vessel generated a lot of interest, linked in no small part to the romance and nostalgia of the original vessel, and the exacting standards to which the replica was recreated.
The sale of Columbia II, which is due for delivery in 18-20 months, will be reliant on the buzz created by her sistership.