Classic-yacht enthusiasts are cut from a different cloth. So are those who travel the world. Therefore, a classic superyacht that has circumnavigated the globe is special, too. The classic yacht Cetacea is all of this and more, with half a century of travels under her hull. Recently emerging from a multiple-month refit, she’s among the few grande dames to become available for sale.
Cetacea launched from Feadship in 1970 as Intent. A 121-footer (37-meter), she was remarkable not only for her LOA, but also her purpose. The owner commissioned her as a family boat, with a cozy look and feel throughout her decks. Changing hands several times in the ensuing decades, she was further remarkable as Queen of Diamonds. From the late 1990s through the early 2000s, Queen of Diamonds logged hundreds of thousands of nautical miles. More than one circumnavigation saw her visit dozens of countries from South America to the South Pacific. Her time as Alchemy was notable, too. She cruised from the United States to New Zealand and back from 2014 to 2016.
In more recent years, the yacht Cetacea has been the queen of the New York Yacht Club fleet. She’s additionally been the queen of the fleet belonging to her owner, the club’s commodore. Having grown up sailing and been a sailor his entire life, he stepped into the motoryacht world for the first time when he acquired Cetacea in 2019. Her classic looks tugged at his heartstrings.
Since that time, several significant yard periods have preserved her charm while simultaneously modernizing her. Most recently at Roscioli Yachting Center in Florida, for example, craftspeople rebuilt her engines. They also refurbished several other mechanical systems, besides upgrading her entertainment systems. All-new antifouling paint is on her hull, too, following a full stripping down to bare metal (plus hull-thickness analysis). Over the past three years, the yacht Cetacea further underwent yard work to refresh technical workings, as well as her interior varnishing and soft goods.
That interior, the work of Robin Rose & Associates, complements the bygone styling. Notably, just as the ambience was at launch, the mood currently is homey. It’s not just in the décor; it’s also due to the layout. In fact, a study sits between the main saloon and the formal dining room. The study, with a desk and wine cellar, can even convert to another stateroom for a nanny.
Even exterior areas are cozy. The main aft deck, for instance, allows enclosing with Isinglas or similar panels for wind protection. Air conditioning keeps your party of eight comfortable whether enjoying breakfast or dinner.
With a full-beam master joining three guest staterooms below decks, the yacht Cetacea has an asking price of $8.49 million. She’s in the central sales agency of Camper & Nicholsons.
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More About the Yacht Cetacea
LOA: 132’9” (40.51 meters)
Beam: 24’2” (7.37 meters)
Draft: 8’0” (2.44 meters)
Guests: 8 in 4 staterooms
Engines: 2/925-hp Caterpillars
Range: 4,031 nautical miles at 10 knots
Stylist: De Voogt en Zonen
Naval Architect: De Voogt en Zonen
Interior Designer: Robin Rose &Associates