Despite taking just 33 months from keel laying to launch, Graceful’s path to the water has been protracted. Having originally been constructed Russia, the unfinished hull was transferred to Germany for finishing when her owner became unhappy with her progress. She was then towed all the way to Hamburg where the project was assumed by B+V refit division and overseen by Dörries Maritime Services.
Commenting on the fruition of the project, Werner Dörries, CEO of Dörries Maritime Services said: “Over the next few months our combined project management team will test, complete and deliver the yacht to the Owner. We are proud to have played a vital role in this project, M/Y Graceful truly bears testimony to the very highest standards in today’s yacht-building industry.”
Graceful’s striking design features a 15x3m indoor pool, which can be converted into a dancefloor, and a helipad. In addition to the private owner’s area, with duplex suite and deployable balcony, there are two VIP suites and three guest suites.
She is Lloyd’s SS classed and built to LY2 specifications. Twin 2300kW MTU engines will assure a top speed of 18 knots and a range of up to 6,000 nautical miles at 12 knots.
The vessel will now undergo sea trials before her December delivery to her owner.