Palumbo Shipyard Refits Tug to Become Megayacht, Christened Vervece

This rugged-looking 98-footer (30 meter) just got a new lease on life. Vervece is a sturdy tug extensively refitted by Palumbo Shipyard, the same megayacht builder behind the Columbus Yacht line.

Vervece relaunched last week, after many months of work at Palumbo’s facility in Naples, Italy. In fact, each of her hull plates was replaced, and the superstructure is entirely new. Teak lines the main and upper decks, new powerplants are in place, and the interior harkens to the 1930s. Only 20 percent of Vervece’s original construction remains.

How Vervece arrived at this point is equally interesting. She was built in 1964 and known by the same name, serving in a historic fleet of tugs in southern Italy. Vervece was acquired in 2006 purposely to be converted into a yacht, and one available for charter. The owner researched naval architects, engineers, interior designers, and of course shipyards. He personally selected the eventual team of specialists, including Palumbo Shipyard.

Of primary importance to the owner of Vervece was preserving her original personality. He wanted the commercial character to remain, and remain it does, as the photo here shows. Also important was reconfiguring the interior of the 25’3”-beam (7.7-meter-beam) boat to indulge guests’ comfort. Some of that comes thanks to the redesign of Vervece’s engine room. The installation of modern-day equipment, including twin 1,000-hp Cummins diesels, meant the area didn’t need to occupy as much space. That extra space was allocated to the VIP cabin and two additional guest staterooms below decks.

The master stateroom has good elbow room, too, since it’s situated forward on the main deck. It benefits from some of the best views onboard, as does the main saloon a bit farther aft. The views inside Vervece are kept appealing, too, due to the use of white-lacquered ash wood, maple, leather, and more.

Additional highlights of Vervece include an upper-deck saloon with a bar, alfresco seating and dining, climate control that adapts to the hottest summers or coldest winters, and LEDs for lower power consumption. As for performance, Vervece is said to have a cruising speed of 12 knots, which allows for a 3,000-mile range.

Just as she was when she was first built, Vervece meets RINA classification standards. However, this time they’re Charter Class standards. The megayacht additionally meets MCA requirements.

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