Luxury yacht’s history dates to 1916

Thursday August 16, 2018 Written by Published in Environment
The yacht is registered in Bikini, Marshall Islands. 18081511 The yacht is registered in Bikini, Marshall Islands. 18081511

The 102-year-old sailing yacht Joseph Conrad has made a spectacular addition to the line-up of yachts at Avatiu Harbour this week.

 

The world of super yachts is notoriously secretive and an internet search yesterday turned up little information about the 37 metre yacht, apart from the fact that it had been sold in 2013 for what is believed to be around $2.1 million.

Built by the Scheveningsale yard in the Netherlands in 1916 as a cargo vessel, the steel-hulled Joseph Conrad was converted into a motor yacht in 1923 and then back into a sailing yacht in 1978.

The 130 tonne luxury vessel sleeps up to eight guests in four cabins, including a master suite, a VIP cabin and two doubles, with additional accommodation for three crew.

The yacht’s 530hp Mercedes diesel engine diesel engine gives her a cruising speed under power of around 8.5 knots.

A website for the company that handled the yacht’s last sale said the new owner had been attracted to the vessel’s “timeless feel and solid construction as well as it’s beautifully designed interior”.

It also said the new owner had hinted at the possibility of a world cruise.

The yacht is registered in Bikini, in the Marshall Islands.

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