Here’s a shadow you’d be happy to have following you: SuRi, a 172-footer a few weeks away from being handed over to the owner of the Hakvoort Jemasa. Yacht Escort Ships (YES), the firm founded by Capt. Stan Antrim, who ran the Oceanco Lady Lola and who was one of the original founders of Shadow Marine, is doing the work in the Pacific Northwest.
Antrim tells me she’s far more than a support vessel, and if you look carefully at her profile here, you’ll see a hint as to why he says she’s “a hybrid combination of the best features of a luxury yacht and yacht support ship.” Inside, she includes a spacious VIP suite with a sitting room, two additional guest staterooms outfitted the way they’d be on a traditional yacht, a gymnasium the size of a guest cabin, two crew cabins and a crew galley, a skylounge, and a sun deck.
Most escort/shadow boats are conceived to hold the lion’s share of the toys and support craft, and SuRi stays true to that spirit. There’s plenty of room for toys in a hangar below the helicopter deck. One of those toys is a 37-foot Contender, not too shabby.
I’ll have updates and photos when SuRi is handed over to her owner.