IMO : 6926024
Build : 1969 by F. Schichau Unterweser AG – Bremerhaven in Germany, nr 1746 as Arctic (ocean going tug)
Converted to yacht : 1994 by ??
With this one I’m going to give my own private opinion, I also do that with all the other vessels featured here but I like to think that I speak for the majority of the world when I declare a ship an O.U.S.* On this one it is my own opinion as I know there are people out there who really like this vessel. and I don’t. I understand the way of thinking, I applaud the resurrection of an old vessel and giving her a new lifetime and I do know that the quality of the hull can’t and never will be matched by a modern hull. But why spend so much money on a vessel and not hire a decent designer / naval architect??
I think the lines of the aft (new) part of the accommodation are all wrong, it’s looking to modern for the old-fashioned forward part and the bridge. I think the masts aft of the funnel are too heavy and yes, I know they are original of the tug it once was. And the satellite-domes put on top of them don’t make it any better.
A pic showing her the way she was, a butch ocean-going tug.
And I have no idea whether she is re-engined but if not: I hate to pay the fuel bill and I definitely don’t wanna be an engineer on her as the engines probably never reach their full power anymore and will clog up badly!
Here is another one, build for the same company: Bugsier from Germany.
IMO : 1004900
Build : 1973 by F. Schichau Unterweser AG – Bremerhaven in Germany, nr 1757 as Simson (Ocean going tug)
Converted to yacht : 1997 by ??
And all the things I mentioned above also go for this vessel. It’s a good thing she is preserved and lives to sail another few miles but why-o-why not hire a real designer………
Here she is in the old days:
So what’s your opinion????
*Official Ugly Ship
Here is an example where the conversion from tug to yacht is done in a nice & respectful way:
IMO : 5076298
Build : 1956 by J & K Smit Scheepswerven NV – Kinderdijk in the Netherlands, nr 858 as Clyde (Tug)
Converted to yacht : 1998-2002 by Astilleros Palma SL – Palma, Balearic Islands in Spain.
This is how she looked before the conversion, in the good old days as a tug!