dam Lay had never seen anything like it. Not during the nearly eight years he spent working for yacht designer John Munford, and not since he opened his own studio in Britain in 2013. “This owner had spent a year before he even bought the boat designing what the interior was going to be like,” Lay says. “He handed me three Apple iBooks of everything that he wanted through the boat. He’d sorted it out and planned it all out. He’d sit in hotel rooms doing sketches.” Lay, working for 18 months with a refit team of nearly 160 people plus another 20 to 30 crew at the Pendennis yard in Falmouth, made the owner’s vision a reality. The 233-foot Haida 1929 left the shipyard this year and entered the charter market with Edmiston, making her what is arguably the most prestigious classic yacht available for bookings today. Haida 1929 is expected to cruise the Caribbean this winter on her original engines, which are believed to be the oldest working diesels of their type still in their original location. Pendennis had to rebuild them without manuals or spare parts, assigning a team of eight people to the power plants alone.