Don’t be deceived by the serenity of this photo: More than 200 items aboard Inevitable are either brand-new or refurbished, the result of an 18-month stay she just completed at Feadship’s Royal De Vries shipyard. It was (excuse the pun) inevitable that Inevitable would go to the Dutch yard for the refit, given that Royal De Vries built her in 1990. And, coincidence or not, the shed where the refit took place, located in Makkum, opened under Feadship’s ownership in 2005, the same year that this 168-footer’s owner purchased her.
Actually, when you consider what was done, “refit” doesn’t really convey the scope of the work on the megayacht. “This project can more accurately be described as a rebuild than a refit because it touched every aspect of the yacht,” according to Sijbrand de Vries, the yard’s managing director.
What aspects, you ask? Well, how about sandblasting the hull structure below the waterline and then modifying her general structure, for starters? One structural change involved replacing the swim platform she gained a few years ago with a new one, in accordance with Lloyds classification regulations and her flag-state requirements. (If you’re an ardent follower of megayachts, you may recall that Inevitable was originally built, as Mi Gaea, with special stern stowage for two motorcycles.) Another structural change: modifying the bridge-deck lounge extension and sundeck extension, both of which were installed previously, again in accordance with current regulations.
Other highlights of the rebuild include a new, dark-blue hull color, overhauling the gensets, installing a new main switchboard to control and monitor all systems, and creating a new classic interior with blonde teak woodwork.
What’s next for Inevitable? Hopefully some long, quality time with her owner onboard. Considering the yacht was seen in Spain a few weeks ago, it seems that’s exactly what’s happening. And considering the owner reportedly purchased her with the intention of rebuilding her to suit his style, he’s reaping the rewards of his vision–and the talents of Feadship’s craftsmen.