At high tide under starry night skies, Icon Yachts launched the retrofitted 253-foot Legend. The explorer yacht, originally constructed in 1973, is the latest rebuild project from owner Jan Verkerk, who also owns the 228-foot charter yacht Sherakhan.
Upon delivery to Verkerk following final fit-out and sea trials, Legend will become the world’s only ice-breaking charter yacht. Inquiries are now being accepted for summer charter dates in Greenland, and for winter 2016-17 charter dates in South America and Antarctica through Camper and Nicholson International.
The rebuild work at Icon Yachts included not only extensive interior renovations, but also lengthening the yacht’s stern by nearly 12 feet. The superyacht was restyled with an extended superstructure, and the mast was rebuilt to make the overall appearance sleeker, according to Diana Yacht Design, which handled naval architecture and exterior styling. Deck space was added for charter guests to enjoy, the aft deck was transformed into a commercially classed helideck, and cranes were added to lift the substantial tenders and other equipment required in remote destinations.
Legend accommodates 26 guests, the same number that Sherakhan has long welcomed for charter. What makes Legend different is not only her anticipated destinations, but also the adventure-oriented charter packages that Verkerk is promoting.
For instance, in Greenland this summer, a weekly base rate of about $832,000 will include not just Legend and her 19 crew, but also use of a helicopter, six days of heli-skiing with one guide per every four skiers, additional guides for guests who want to enjoy other activities, a submarine with a pilot and as many as six scuba diving opportunities per day.