When The Other Woman was launched in 1991, many felt the 192-footer really should have been a motoryacht rather than a motorsailer, given her decidedly power-oriented styling. Take a look at the image at left, taken several years ago, and you’ll probably agree.
The current owner agrees, too, which is why the yacht, now known as Islander, is a few weeks away from being formally recommissioned as a motoryacht.
CharterWave broke the news about the refit last week, speaking with Fiona Maureso, a charter broker with Peter Insull’s Yacht Marketing, which holds the central agency. I contacted Maureso this week and learned a bit more. “It’s not just a refit, it’s a complete makeover!” she says. The owner is the son of the previous owner, having inherited Islander when his father died. He’d envisioned changing the yacht for a few years and finally embarked on the transformation last winter, taking the yacht to an undisclosed yard in Jacksonville, Florida.
The first step: removing the masts and rigging. The keels were also removed, replaced with aluminum plating. All the hydraulics and “thousands of feet of associated cabling and hydraulic lines” were also eliminated, Maureso says. “In short, according to the captain, you would never know that she had been a sailboat!” See the altered photo below, courtesy of Insull’s, to get a sense of what she will look like when done. Note the more motoryacht-like nav mast; the rest of her profile remains essentially unchanged.
Islander, featuring upgraded communications, navigation, and entertainment systems, including WiFi, should be finished in March. I’ll be speaking with the owner and the captain at that time and will have more details, including photos. I look forward to seeing whether the Steinway grand piano in the saloon and stained glass work along the spiral stairway remain. I’m also curious as to whether the four guest staterooms will keep their theme names: Rose, Emerald, Taupe, and Berlewood.
In the meantime, since Islander was previously available for charter, the yacht is accepting offers for late-season bookings in the Caribbean. Islander is also for sale, for $19.995 million.