Feadship has embarked on a major rebuild of the 1954 motor yacht Istros. The shipyard will give this 42-meter superyacht an all-new aluminum superstructure while retaining its elegant original hull.
Istros was originally built by Amsterdam Shipyard Ltd. G. de Vries Lentsch Jr. in 1954 and was one of the largest motor yacht built to date in the Netherlands at that time. Contemporary newspaper articles were most impressed with the luxurious outcome of a two-and-a-half-year project on behalf of the Greek shipping family Pappadakis. What stood out were the violet-blue bathrooms, the advanced radar system and, most of all, a white telephone that could be used to “call people anywhere in the word from wherever in the world the yacht may be.”
The name Istros – meaning inspiration – was clearly appropriate and the motor yacht set off to enjoy a typically eventful few decades in the Mediterranean. The first attempt at restoration was started several years ago but stalled due to a lack of funds. Since then a new owner contacted Feadship to enter into a complete rebuild project, which started in 2018 with the removal of the superstructure and stripping and reconditioning of the hull at a yard in Malta.
Looking at the images of the hull arriving back in the Netherlands, it might be hard to imagine how Istros can be returned to his old glory. However, this is a Feadship rebuild and anything is possible. After the hull has been refitted, a new superstructure will be added in aluminum. A new engine room will be constructed to house twin C18 main engines, a C4.4 diesel generator, and a Capstone DC 65 diesel Micro Turbine generator.
Developed together with the highly experienced owner, Van Geest Design has developed a family-oriented and child-friendly interior. Mixing the contemporary with the classic in a warm, Scandinavian style, the yacht will also be ideal for charter use. The all-new Istros is due to be relaunched before the summer of 2020.