Sailing-yacht owners are always sailing-yacht owners, right? Not necessarily. The owner of Erica made the switch for one simple reason: love. He loves spending time on the water with his extended family, which includes many grandchildren. Some of the younger family members, though, don’t sail. Even he himself found in recent years he wasn’t sailing much. So, in consultation with his rep, Nigel Ingram of MCM, he sought a motoryacht as a solution. That solution, Heesen Yachts’ ex-Project Boreas, is finishing up sea trials.
The all-aluminum Project Boreas attracted the ex-sailor (he owned a Vitters sailing superyacht) for several reasons. Significantly, she was already in build on spec, therefore saving time. In addition, the owner could still make several changes to tailor her as he wished. While Ingram, who co-owns MCM with Peter Wilson, assessed two other shipyards with the owner, the scales tipped in Heesen’s favor. “The owner was quite involved in the details,” Ingram shares. “They handled it all very well, and the yacht is exactly how he wanted it.”
So, what did he want? Erica needed an extra stateroom to accommodate grandchildren. As a result, the megayacht has six staterooms, including the master suite. In addition, some staterooms gained Pullman berths, further for family. On a related note, the guest area gained a laundry area, for their convenience.
Some structural changes took place aboard Erica, too. For instance, the ports along the skylounge became drop-down windows. And, to augment natural light, the owner requested shorter deck overhangs aft. The combination of these makes Erica lighter, brighter, and of course airier. They complement the equally light and airy interior decor, which features brushed, whitewashed oak. Macassar ebony and polished nickel are accentuating details, as are cheery art pieces.
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