Back in August I told you about the shadow boat SuRi that’s under construction in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s your first look at her, about a month before she’ll depart those waters for her delivery trip.
The 172-footer, being refitted by Yacht Escort Ships, is a far cry looks-wise from what she started out as, which you can see in the scanned image here (admittedly not the best quality, but you get the idea). But cosmetics aren’t what attract owners to these projects. Instead, it’s the concept of starting out with a sturdy, sea-tested ship, and typically in less time than it takes to build a megayacht from scratch, they get a boat they’d be happy to have “shadowing” their primary yacht, toting toys or even extra guests.
That’s what SuRi will do for JeMaSa, a 164-footer. Among SuRi’s features are an owner’s stateroom, three guest staterooms, and crew accommodations for 12, plus a toy hanger for everything from speedboats to Jet Skis. Capt. Stan Antrim, head of Yacht Escort Ships, tells me the protective coverings over her interior should come off this week (done to keep tools and other equipment being carried from deck to deck from marring wood wall paneling already in place). He anticipates taking some photos soon, which I’ll be sure to share.