Nearly six weeks after she arrived in The Netherlands for a complex refit, Sherakhan is preparing to depart. As you’ll see in the video below, the new white hull—previously blue—is truly just the surface of what put the “extreme” in the extremely detailed, and extremely fast, makeover.
Jan Verkerk, the owner of Sherakhan sent the 228’5” (69.65-meter) megayacht to Icon Yachts in September for an extensive worklist of changes. (On a related note, this was Icon Yachts’ second refit of Sherakhan in three years.) In fact, before she arrived, Verkerk commented on just how different he wanted her to be. “You won’t be able to recognize her,” he said. “When you see her, you won’t believe it is the same boat!”
For some time, Sherakhan, a popular charter megayacht, showed off a classically dark-blue steel hull. She also had a complementary classic interior. Together, they gave this global explorer quite a genteel ambiance. The craftspeople at Icon Yachts stripped out rooms not just to install new electrical systems, particularly AV systems, but also to provide cosmetic upgrades. Indeed, on Verkerk’s instructions, they replaced the traditional decor with a much more modern and minimal decor.
If you’ve been aboard Sherakhan or seen photos of her immense spaces, never fear. She can still accommodate 26 guests in 13 cabins. That was her purpose from the start, when Verkerk first purchased her more than a decade ago and refitted her from her commercial origins. In addition, she still has her dramatic dining atrium. The original atrium design appears above, rising nearly 20 feet (6 meters) high, to the glass bottom of the hot tub on the sundeck.
While we can’t yet show you the completed new look, here’s a hint at what to expect:
Since Sherakhan departs The Netherlands shortly, she’s already booking charters for the winter season in the Caribbean. In fact, Verkerk is keen to support the region. His yachts have cruised extensively there over the years. (He additionally owns Legend, which Icon Yachts refitted last year.) He will donate $20,000 to YachtAid Global for every Sherakhan charter booked prior to December 25 for this winter season. Her rate: $425,000 per week. Y.CO, which holds her central charter agency, will add $5,000 to each of those donations.
In the coming weeks, we’ll give you a better look at Sherakhan and her new spaces.