Classic Yacht Istros Gets New Lease on Life: The classic 42-meter superyacht Istros, constructed in 1954 by Amsterdam Shipyard Ltd. G. de Vries Lentsch Jr., will get a new lease on life through a complete reconstruction at Feadships Refit & Services division. Once considered the largest superyacht built in the Netherlands, she is now barely recognizable, having been completely stripped.
The Greek Pappadakis shipping family originally owned Istros, which took 2-1/2 years to build. She enjoyed a typical superyacht existence in the Mediterranean for several decades until she was sold in 2012, following a refit 10 years earlier.
Istros was scheduled for a full restoration earlier, but the project was shelved due to a lack of money. However, after her sale in April 2018, her new owners commissioned Feadship to take on the restoration, beginning with the removal of the superstructure and the stripping and reconditioning of her hull at a shipyard in Malta.
Now back in the Netherlands, Istros is now undergoing the rest of her refit. Feadship has reported that her hull will be refitted, while a new aluminum superstructure will be added along with a new engine room to house twin C18 main engines, a C4 diesel generator and a Capstone DC 65 diesel Micro Turbine generator.
When Istros was built, her luxury features had journalists singing her praises. One reporter made special note of a phone permitting the owner to dial anyone, where she was in the world.
How she came to her current state is another story. In 2013, a buyer tried to acquire her. A strong design team that included H2 Yacht Design and Laurent Giles Naval Architects, began work. The owner’s financial issues forced the work to cease. Istros sat, untouched, until the current buyer stepped forward.
The current owner and the Feadship team collaborated to come up with a new design. Faithful to her initial classic appeal, the yacht will have the modern conveniences that owners, guests and perhaps charter clients want. The interior refit is described as family-friendly, featuring a Scandinavian style.
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