The project was carried out by Feadship’s refit department in close co-operation with the owner’s team.
Launched as Din-Dina in 1969, the yacht was found abandoned in a French yard in 2007 by Dutch sailor Kees van den Hoek. Despite being in a poor condition with an almost empty hull, this experienced yachtsman ‘fell in love’ with her classic lines, typical of a Feadship. Challenged by her neglected state and recognising Din-Dina’s historical pedigree, Kees decided to acquire the hull and give her a new life. With the support of a businessman who was interested in owning the yacht, the hull was made sufficiently seaworthy to return her to Holland on her own keel, propelled by the original Gardner engines.
The hull was initially brought to the northern Dutch port of Enkhuizen to be painted and prepared for outfitting. An agreement was then reached for Feadship to finish the rebuild at the Feadship yard in Makkum. While the Feadship refit department primarily works on much larger projects, this was seen as an opportunity to reconvene the 'master-apprentice' teams created for the refit of the 22.50-metre Riva classic Feadship Serena, which concluded in 2011. With Feadship standards in mind, a way was found to finish Sultana within a budget that was appropriate for a yacht of this age and inherent value.
One of Feadship’s senior in-house historians Huib de Vries was invited by the owner to lead the christening ceremony (her name Sultana was planned pre refit). Another couple of months were then required to fine-tune and test the new engine room and bridge equipment.
Sultana is now on her way to a new life in the Mediterranean where she is available for charter.
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