After being listed for sale one year ago this month, Helios 2, the 51.2m motoryacht, has undergone a big $3 million price reduction. The Palmer Johnson build, for sale with Stuart Larsen of Fraser Yachts, is currently based in Spain and has a new price tag of $14.5 million. She will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show later this year.
Having just completed an epic 250,000-mile round-the-world cruise – over four oceans, seven seas and 30 countries – Helios 2 has proven her hardiness and that her 4,000 nautical mile range at 13 knots will prevail for cruises of any magnitude.
The tri-deck motoryacht, formerly known as Anson Bell, was launched out of Palmer Johnson’s Sturgeon Bay facility in 2002. Constructed entirely of aluminium, she was built to a design by Sparkman & Stephens, a US-based naval architecture and yacht design firm, better known for its classic sailing yacht design, but adept at handling yacht design of any style.
“I completely concur with the original owner’s decision to use Sparkman & Stephens for the design work”, began Larsen. “He wanted a sea-worthy boat with a shallow draft and he got exactly that; the boat has no restrictions – I think it’s one of the largest yachts to have ever gone into the 'Great Blue Hole', off Belize."
Helios 2 in the 'Great Blue Hole'
“Among the many great features of this yacht is a staircase on the starboard side, going from the aft deck into a vestibule on the lower deck (seen below) that opens onto the water for easy tender access”, Larsen continued.
Commenting on the maintenance work, Larsen said “She is in brilliant condition. She had a refit and extension in Savannah six or seven years ago and the sun deck was redesigned. The owner has run the boat with a ‘don’t even call me, just do it’ attitude to maintenance and improvements, which is testament to her great condition today”.
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