FIRST LIFE – Having sold his aluminium business, AlumerciA’s first owner, Mr. Boers, a keen sailor, finally had all the time in the world to indulge his interest to his heart’s content. He learned that even within the already specialist world of luxury yachting, expedition yachts demanded a particularly high degree of specialist knowledge for which Vripack is the go-to studio.
This resulted in an all-aluminium full displacement expedition yacht equipped with double Azimuthing dual propeller, characterized by exceptional maneuverability, low noise and vibration levels, and high fuel-efficiency. After logging no less than 113,408 Nm, AlumerciA triumphantly returned from her world voyage to a warm and enthusiastic welcome by the Vripack team.
‘AlumerciA set sail from the Port of Rotterdam on 4th March 2001, and returned from her voyage around the world after logging no less than 113,408 nautical miles.'
BART M. BOUWHUIS – CO-CREATIVE DIRECTOR
SECOND LIFE – All she needs is a refit, thought Serkan Borançili, as he inspected AlumerciA, and she’d be perfect for me and my family and friends. And thus began the team’s collaborative 100-day challenge. And quite a challenge it was, with Vripack’s designers and engineers sketching by day and the building team implementing the designs the very same night, the process ran with the smooth efficiency of a well-oiled machine and it paid off, resulting in the successful transformation of the rugged explorer into a young man’s yacht in time and on budget.
As part of the refit, the car garage, which had held a custom-built Toyota, was replaced with a beach club. A new fresco party deck, complete with DJ mixing desk-cum-bar and water slide was designed and the Jacuzzi ‘island’ got surrounded by an apron of sunbathing space. The interior’s structure was retained, but all surface features were redecorated. And so AlumerciA gained a second life without sacrificing her functional robustness.
‘Just occasionally, yacht design takes a great leap forward. And it has certainly done so with AlumerciA.'
|Year of built||2001|
|Year of refit||2015|
|Designer||Heesen / Vripack|
|Refit yard||ATM Yachts|
|Type of vessel||Expedition Yacht|
|Hull type||Full displacement|
|Engine||2x CAT 3406E|
|Speed (cruising/max)||10.5 / 12 kts|
|Fuel capacity||54,000 ltrs|
|Fresh water capacity||10,000 ltrs|
|Grey / black water capacity||3,575 ltrs|
|Owner & Guest||14 persons|
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