SEVEN SINS “Chartering excellence just got bigger and better”
“When Heesen built SEVEN SINS with our clients back in 2005, they probably weren’t aware just how much of a showcase the yacht would actually be for them,” says Alena Zilayova, YPI Charter Manager for SEVEN SINS. “And if the last 10 years have set the bar for luxury chartering at a high level, the new-look SEVEN SINS is guaranteed to raise it even further.”
With a history that can be traced as far back as 1802 and the proud recipients from the Queen of the Netherlands in 2002 of the exclusive quality mark ‘By Appointment to the Court of the Netherlands’, the family run BALK SHIPYARD in Holland were tasked with the challenge of carrying out 'SEVEN SINS’s 10th Anniversary refit.
“YPI has many links with the excellent Balk yard,” explains YPI Commercial & Marketing Director, Mark Duncan. “They have worked on a number of YPI yachts including the likes of ATHOS, WILLIAM TAI, VALQUEST and SHAMOUN. Their work is of the highest standard so our expectations for the SEVEN SINS project have been very high.”
“The owners of SEVEN SINS have been thinking of extending her almost from the day they took delivery back in 2005,” explains Daan Balk, CEO of the Balk Shipyard. “So with her 10-Year Survey coming up and their desire to create room for an extra crew member on board they decided this was the perfect time to make the dream a reality.”
Balk were consequently charged with the challenge of extending the bow as well as helping with the 10-Year Survey. The order was given for the cutting and folding files in May 2014 and in October the inner bow section of the yacht was stripped in preparation for the new 18 metre section.
“We were using cutting torches to remove the old bow,” says Wim Mooiweer, Project Manager for Balk. “It was vital we put in sufficient protection for the rest of her interior and exterior. That was quite a challenge but we managed it by working in tents with under and over pressure.”
“The yacht was scanned in 3D before we removed the old bow and hoisted the new one into position,” continues Daan. “That made an enormous difference. The yacht was originally built with a rigid Casco and minimum amount of filler so our goal had to be to finish off the bow section to the same quality and finish…if not better. I think we achieved that.”
Once welded into place, work began on installing the systems including piping and electrics. “The new interior had already been prefabricated from the new drawings,” says Daan. “So it was ready for installation by the time SEVEN SINS came to the yard in October.
“The entire exterior then underwent a complete new paint job before her 10-Year Survey was executed.”
During that time the propeller shafts were removed, the main engines opened for inspection and a completely new exhaust system was installed and generators replaced.
By May 2015 the project was successfully completed and the new SEVEN SINS was launched with suitable fanfare ready for a full charter season in the Mediterranean.
Alena was present for her official launch.
“The yacht is quite simply stunning,” she says. “Aside from being 2.5 metres longer, affording guests a whole new relaxing area forward with stunning views, the yacht has benefited from fresh new paint work, a re-looked Owner cabin now boasting a very contemporary feel, and extra crew quarters allowing for an additional qualified crew member. "Her owner also took the opportunity to add to the toys on board which now include two new sea bobs F5, two new inflatable canoes, two new Sparks jet skis of the new ‘Sea Doo’ range, inflatable trampoline, diving equipment, paddle board and a host of others.”
Says Daan; “We love projects like SEVEN SINS. They pose a challenge both in approach and timing. Everything went according to plan…the yacht was delivered on time and on budget.”
“Most yachts, if they are being extended, are typically extended at the stern,” says Wim. “SEVEN SINS was unique with her bow extension but she looks amazing as a result of it. She has a truly timeless appearance.”
But of course, having heard from everyone else on this project, it seems only right to leave the last word to the proud owner of SEVEN SINS:
|“As we are intensively planning an around the world trip in 2016 and 2017, we wanted to have the yacht as new, and last but not least, with a splendid new profile featuring a bulbous bow to reduce fuel consumption, new crew quarters, and new forward relax areas for guests. SEVEN SINS is ready to visit the world’s oceans with all vital systems of the vessel renewed or overhauled. In the past ten years SEVEN SINS never lost one charter day because of technical problems – proof of the quality of Dutch-built yachts and the high level of maintenance by our engineers and crew of all systems on board. We hope to welcome YPI clients on SEVEN SINS as charter guests in our new upcoming destinations in the Pacific Ocean, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, as well as in Alaska.”|
SEVEN SINS sleeps 10 guests comfortably in five well-appointed cabins and offers upper deck dining for 12 as well as a 10-person dining table on the Jacuzzi sundeck.
SEVEN SINS is available for charter exclusively with YPI CHARTER with some remaining availability for this summer in south of Italy (July) and Turkey and Greece (last week of August).
Charter Rate: EUR 137,500 p/w
SEVEN SINS is also now taking bookings for the Winter Season in the Caribbean.
For more information and reservations for the Mediterranean or the Caribbean please contact:
Telephone: +377 99 99 97 96