Motor Yacht SHEMARA: Yachting in Style

At 65 meters (212 ft.) in length, the Motor Yacht SHEMARA combines classic lines with timeless elegance of an era past. It can be yours to charter for a cool $331,000 USD (per week).Shemara 6

Nothing exudes extravagant indulgence much like owning your own super yacht; however, why own when you can charter?  Docked across the pond in London, UK this completely restored 1930s Ocean Liner will ensure your family and friends will yacht throughout the French Riveria in ultimate style this Summer.

Originally built in 1938 by British shipmaker Thornycroft & Company for English industrialist Sir Bernard Docker and his socialite wife Lady Norah.  As one of the largest private yachts in existence when launched, SHEMARA epitomized the glamorous lifestyle of the rich and famous.  This floating playground has enjoyed a colorful past catering to royalty, film stars and aristocrats alike.  Unfortunately the maritime-fun came to an end, when SHEMARA was requisitioned by the Royal British Navy during World War II, she was later decommissioned and left for junk.  It was only in 2007 after three decades of decay that the SHEMARA Refit, LLP – a consortium of buyers allegedly led by British telecommunication mogul Sir Charles Dunstone purchased SHEMARA with the ambitious goal of restoring the luster of her former glory.

Sir Charles Dunstone an avid Yachtsman
Sir Charles Dunstone an avid Yachtsman
Sir Bernard Docker and Lady Norah '55
Sir Bernard Docker and Lady Norah

Restoring her to her former glory would prove to be a serious undertaking.  The rebuild was meticulous, retaining the elegance and charm of the original both inside and out while reconfiguring the interior and deck spaces for modern living. The refit began at the new Burgess Marine facility in Portsmouth England with a total gut to the hull.

The entire process from planning to the actual restoration took 7 years, and result is nothing short of extraordinarily tasteful and well-appointed. Trimline, a UK based specialty yacht contractor worked to see the yacht construction.

In order to return her to the original look and feel, designers utilized wood panelling, brass work, marble bathrooms and fittings redolent of the 1930s. The esoteric mix of furniture works perfectly, and the spaces are wonderful – a giant formal saloon and dining room on the main deck, with an informal upper saloon and day bar that opens on three sides on the upper deck.  A new, grand central staircase links the decks. The sidedecks – particularly on the upper deck – are wide, and reminiscent of the promenade decks of classic ocean liners, such as something seen on the Titanic.

SHEMARA’s interior layout is comprised of six double guest cabins, a larger VIP on the lower deck, and an owner’s suite forward on the upper deck.  She can accommodate 12 guests, and is capable of carrying up to 16 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. Timeless styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating feature throughout her living areas to create an elegant and classically comfortable atmosphere.  There is also no need to worry about docking directly in the harbor there are two 20+ foot guest tenders to shuttle you and your guests to and from land.  For some extra entertain jump on one of the two jet skis, or take a dive to the ocean’s depths with onboard scuba gear. For relaxation take a dip in the Jacuzzi, or take advantage of the onboard fully-trained massage therapist.

You to can enjoy life as it once was aboard the SHEMARA.  She can be charted via Edmiston Yatch Charter for approx. $331,000 USD a week.  Enjoy Gallery below courtesy of Edmiston.


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