The recently established Fort Lauderdale-based brokerage firm, Superyacht Sales and Charter, has completed its first sale in the form of 62.5m M/Y Meridian. The yacht is currently based in the Bahamas – where it is doing its initial cruise – and had a final asking price of €55.5 million.
Rob Newton, the broker representing the seller in the transaction, formerly had the yacht contractually listed for sale through Yachtzoo, his former firm, but retained the listing in the process of unveiling the new full-service brokerage firm.
Meridian is constructed with a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure by Icon Yachts, with exterior design by Redman Whiteley Dixon. She was launched at the Dutch yard’s facility in Harlingen in 2012.
“I think the quality of Icon Yachts’ builds is right up there with other Dutch pedigrees”, began Newton. “The subcontractors they use are the same as other Dutch yards, so they really are building at a very high quality."
With four deliveries to-date - 62.5m Baton Rouge and 68m Icon in 2010, 42m Basmalina II in 2011 and 62.5m Meridian in 2012 – it’s a new yard on the block, but the popularity of the deliveries to-date is seeing the yard earmarked as a world class builder.
Meridian features a lavish interior design by Cristiano Gatto Design, with large entertainment areas, including a 17m long main salon. The interior styling is said to be influenced by the early 20th century and uses a wide variety of materials throughout, most notably a three-wood selection of mahogany, rosewood and dark walnut. The yacht can accommodate 16 guests over an eight-stateroom layout.
“She went back to the yard in 2013 to convert what was a forward-facing sky lounge into a second master stateroom that is raised and has panoramic views”, continued Newton. “The interior is fantastic and looks brand new. People have asked the previous owners if they’d even used the boat and were surprised to find out that they had”.
Newton clarified that Superyacht Sales and Charter will have a couple of additions to its sales fleet, which will be announced at the end of August.