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Refitting Sherakhan

After an extensive refit at the Dutch yard Icon Yachts in 2017, Sherakhan unveils herself as the ‘world-discovery’ yacht, avid cruisers are seeking or as promoted by Y.CO, the safari on the high seas.

Built to glide any ocean—whether Mediterranean, South American, or Caribbean waters—the 70-metre charter vessel lends her praise to her airy feel and flexible accommodations.

Wherever she is moored, the highly conspicuous vessel has a distinct appearance that allows all her detailing—windows, contours, and alternative colours—to pop with vitality.

Initially launched by Vuyk en Zonen in the Netherlands as passenger ship Princess Margaret in 1965, 2005 saw her rebuilt as a luxury vessel, but no refit has been as profoundly surgical as December 2017’s meticulous facelift.

Sherakhan’s interiors—that sleep up to 26 guests—have been upgraded to a vivid white palette with a myriad of gentle textures, complementing the plethora of unique ornamental works decorating the yacht.

The collection of curios includes custom-made olive root chairs, first edition works of famous authors, and an intricate, freestanding globe. The art and décor are representative of her worldly travels and add to her rare beauty.

Originally built by Vuyk En Zonen and Jan Verkerk, naval architecture in 2005 is credited to KMC and KHMB Enkhuizen. The interior design was the yacht owner’s own company Verkerk Yachting Projects and Claudia Rijntjes.

2017’s refit was a solo operation by Verkerk Yachting Projects entailing a thorough repainting of the guest areas, new carpets, fresh multimedia equipment, new marble in the main salon, and a refit of lighting throughout Sherakhan, presenting her as brand new.

Comprised of 13 cabins with a room configuration of seven double beds and six sets of twin beds, elegant interiors complement the spacious exteriors that boast wide decks, showing off the extensive expanse the yacht holds.

Onboard spaces incorporate a seven-metre high atrium with a luxury dining room hosting 22 guests, fully-equipped gym, spa, sauna, and beauty salon with a full-time, qualified beauty therapist as part of the crew.

With 19 dedicated crew members determined to see guests enjoy their experience with the epitome of customer service, availability to alternatively cater to a party of smaller groups onboard this vessel makes for the ultimate in versatility.

An 18-person glass-bottomed Jacuzzi is one of the many extra-curricular activities Sherakhan is proud to exhibit; a multitude of activities are available through the range of instruments and water toys, encompassing an eight-metre inflatable water slide, two 7.3-metre Joker Clubman tenders for additional excursions, a trampoline, jet skis, laser sailboats, surfboards, wakeboards, and three WaveRunners.

Renowned for great reviews and popularity in the past decade, it is to be anticipated that the 2017 refit was targeted at improving the charter experience further to maintain this stellar image.

For the upcoming high season, Sherakhan will be cruising the Caribbean, Cuba, Central America, and Mexico. Winter charter rates are available here: y.co/yacht/sherakhan

Photography by Christopher Scholey

Erin Paviour-Smith

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