She has grown from 121 feet to nearly 148 feet (37 meters to 45 meters) in seven months. The megayacht Number Nine is not yet done with her extensive refit, however. Several more weeks at Palumbo Superyachts Naples will make her much more modern, while preserving some of her original looks.
A fellow Italian shipyard, Carp Navi, built the boat back in 1989. (Carp Navi now goes by the name CBI Navi.) Styling and naval architecture was by De Vries Lentsch, while interior design was by Bannenberg Design (now Bannenberg & Rowell Design). The current owners acquired her in 2018, when her name was Commitment. She had completed a major refit just five years prior to that, too. Among other things, the refit saw the addition of zero-speed stabilizers.
The 26-foot (8-meter) gain in length during the current refit, which started shortly after her arrival in July 2019, comes courtesy of a transom extension. The owners wanted the extra space back here because they wanted to enjoy a beach club, as well as a hot tub. For additional alfresco relaxation, Number Nine also has a restyled, lengthened flying bridge. On the technical side, Palumbo Superyachts Naples is completely refurbishing her engine room, with an overhaul of the Caterpillar main engines, new gensets, new electrical systems, and more.
Even with all of this work and the altered profile, Number Nine retails her classic lines. The photo here, calling special attention to her steel transom extension, hints at how she will ultimately look. When redelivered this May, the megayacht will entertain an owners’ party of 11. Staterooms spread from the bridge deck, where the master sits, to below decks, where two VIPs and two twins, one with a Pullman berth, sit. The megayacht should also see a cruising speed of 12 knots.
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