Classic Cruiser Marala Seeks New Horizons

UPDATE, MAY 23, 2017: Marala has a new owner, just the fourth in her lifetime. Even more significant, the previous owners held her from 1964 until just last week, according to Camper & Nicholsons, which represented them in the transaction.

Read on for the original article, which details her remarkable history.


Classic-yacht enthusiasts among you surely are familiar with Marala, built in 1931. As astounding as it may be, she still motors along with her original engines. Also astounding, she has had just three owners over the past 85 years. That’s set to change, though: Marala is for sale, for the first time in more than half a century.

At 193 feet (58.83 meters), Marala more than turned heads back in her day. She is of such significant size that she remained among the world’s 100 largest megayachts through the 1990s. Charles E. Nicholson served as her naval architect and stylist, with construction taking place at Camper & Nicholsons Ltd in Southampton, England. (If you’re not familiar with the shipyard, it was a leading sailing and motoryacht builder from the late 1800s straight through World War II. It was in business long before the modern-day yacht management and brokerage focus came about.) Commissioned as Evadne, Marala belonged to an owner who prioritized something current buyers can certainly appreciate: sound and vibration damping. The twin 750-hp MAN diesels that went below decks are still touted as being adept at keeping operations comfortable.


PHOTO: Kurt Arigo/Camper

They’re additionally adept at making Marala capable of long-range travel. She can reportedly see 3,600 nautical miles at 12 knots. That’s a lot of territory to enjoy from her expansive decks, from the sundeck to the alfresco dining area on the partially shaded aft deck. You can invite 12 guests along, too. Throughout the rooms, the remarkable Art Deco decor remains mostly untouched, even after all these decades. That’s just how much passion the previous owners have had in maintaining Marala.

Asking price: €10 million (approximately $11.052 million at press time), via the central agency of Camper & Nicholsons. Enjoy this gallery of Marala, where you can see some of her seven staterooms and multiple intimate lounging areas.

PHOTOS: Kurt Arigo/Camper

One thought on “Classic Cruiser Marala Seeks New Horizons

  1. Such a prestigious yacht (top 100 megayachts untill 1990) is underated from my point of view. The previews owners where soo lucky. A great yacht for classic movies or that “before 90’s experience”. I can already see the capitain at the helm, dressed in blue smoking tobacco from a pipe.

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