• 59 m
  • 1974
  • Genoa, Italy
  • $10,950,000


Not for sale or charter to US residents while in US waters.

  • Basic Information
  • Dimensions
  • Speed / Weight
  • Accomodations
  • Hull & Deck
  • Engine Information
  • Builder: AMELS
  • Category: Expedition Yacht
  • Model: N/A
  • Model Year: 1974
  • YearBuilt: 1974
  • Year Refit: 2008
  • Refit Type: N/A
  • Tax Paid: VAT Paid
  • Country: Italy
  • Registration #: N/A
  • Coast Guard #: N/A
  • Vessel Top: N/A
  • Fly Bridge: No
  • Cockpit: No
  • Helipad: Yes
  • Accomodations: Guest SR/S: 5/10 - Crew R/B/S: 0/0/19
  • LOA: 193' 7" (59.00m)
  • LWL: 173' 11" (53.00m)
  • LOD: --
  • Beam: 35' 1" (10.69m)
  • Min Draft: 13' 2" (4.00m)
  • Max Draft: 12' 10" (3.90m)
  • Clearance: --
  • MFG Length: --
  • Cruise Speed: 11 Knots
  • Cruise Speed RPM: --
  • Cruise Speed Range: 6,500 Miles
  • Max Speed: 13 Knots
  • Max Speed RPM: --
  • Max Speed Range: --
  • Displacement: 1,075 Tonne
  • Gross Tonnage: 865 Ton
  • Water Capacity: 40,000 Liters
  • Holding Tank: --
  • Fuel Capacity: 113,000 Liters
  • Fuel Consumption: --
  • Berths: N/A
  • Heads: N/A
  • Sleeps: 10
  • State Rooms: 5
  • Crew Berths: N/A
  • Crew Sleeps: 19
  • Crew Heads: N/A
  • Captains Quarters: No
  • Hull ID: N/A
  • Hull Material: Steel
  • Deck Material: N/A
  • Hull Configuration: N/A
  • Project Manager: N/A
  • Hull Designer: N/A
  • Hull Color: N/A
  • Hull Finish: N/A
  • Exterior Designer: Dutch Naval Design
  • Interior Designer: N/A
  • Manufacturer: Deutz
  • Model: BA8M816W
  • Engine Count: Triple
  • Engine Type: N/A
  • Fuel Type: N/A



TYPE                                                   Explorer Motor Yacht

HULL NO                                          335

HELIPAD                                          Helipad

OFFICIAL NUMBER                      727423

BUILDER                                          Amels – The Netherlands

EXTERIOR DESIGN                      Dutch Naval Design

YEAR                                                 1974

CONVERTION                               1999 by Vosper Thornycroft - UK

REFIT                                                2008-2009

CONSTRUCTION                         Steel hull and superstructure; Bolidt deck, Teak main deck

FLAG                                                 UK, London

ENGINES                                         3 x Deutz BA8M816W

GT                                                      865 tons

NT                                                      259 tons

DISPLACEMENT                           1,075 tons



LOA                                                    59.00m / 193’6’’

                                                             61.50m/ 201’9’’ incl. swim platform - not on registration

LWL                                                    53.00m/ 173’

BEAM                                                 10.69m / 35’7’’

DRAFT                                               4.00m / 13’1’’       min

                                                             5.20m / 13’1’’       max

AIR DRAFT                                      24.00m / 78’8’’


MAXIMUM SPEED                         13.5 knots

CRUISING SPEED                          11 knots

RANGE                                              6,500nm


SPEED/USE DETAILS                    SPEED           CONSUMPTION          RANGE       RPM   

ECONOMICAL                                8.5 knots max    2m3/24hrs                  10,000nm       100%

CRUISING                                         11 knots max     4m3/24hrs                    6,500nm       100%

MAXIMUM                                       13.5 knots max  6m3/24hrs    not recommended     100%



ACCOMMODATION                    10 x Guests in 5 cabins

                                                             1 x Master; 1 x VIP; 2 x Double; 1 x Twin

CREW                                                 19 x Crew

FUEL                                                   113,000 litres /29,851 US gallons

HELI FUEL                                        5,000 litres /1,320 US gallons

FRESH WATER                                40,000 litres /10,566 US gallons

WATER MAKER                              30,000 litres /2,975 US gallons per day

LUBE OIL                                          1,690 litres /446.5 US gallons

WASTE OIL                                      5,700litres / 1,506 US gallons

WASTEWATER                               7,800litres / 2,060.5 US gallons

BALLAST WATER                          9,220/ 2,355.6 US gallons          (trim tanks)



·      Aft Saloon

·      Dining Room

·      Sauna

·      Fitness Room

·      Massage Room

·      Aft Dec k seating area

·      Upper Deck Solarium/ Sun Room

·      Upper Aft Deck Sun Terrace

·      Sun/Observation Deck


AKULA has 3 (three) 430kW Deutz engines which drive 3 DC generators which provide power for 1 (one) 816kW MPM (Main Propulsion Motor), they also provide power for the forward DC windlass and the bow thruster.

These engines also drive 3 AC generators which provide the 380v 3 phase and 220v single phase power through all the other systems on board. 


In addition there are 2 x harbour generators which provide AC power for the vessel either at anchor or alongside for quieter more efficient generation when the MPM or other DC powered units are not required.


One of the major benefits of a diesel electric system is that the engines/power units do not need to be positioned aft but theoretically anywhere as all one needs is some wiring to go back to the propulsion motor which is situated way aft with a short and much quieter shaft than one which has a long run through the vessel.   


ENGINES                                           3 x 430kW Deutz BA8M816W

                                                             1 x MPM electric producing 816kW

ENGINES HOURS                          13th of  November, 2014

                                                             Port: 32,510 hours; last overhaul @ 29,268 hours

                                                             Centre: 33,389 hours; last overhaul @ 30,503hours

                                                             Stbd: 32,777 hours; last overhaul @ 29,515 hours

GEARBOX                                         Reintjes

RATIO                                                1760-1000

DRIVE                                                Electric MPM; Single Prop

STEERING SYSTEM                      AEM - double Hydraulic

HELM/CONTROL STATIONS    2 x Bridge wing + main bridge station plus ECR    

STABILISERS                                  Vosper Thornycroft 4 fin 200 series (not zero speed) –

                                                             overhauled 2014

BOWTHRUSTER                             309 kW Smit VG 52/32

GENERATORS                                2 x 133kW Caterpillar C66 – 1,500 rpm 380V 50Hz

                                                             Using 200litres/d @ full load +generator

EMERGENCY GENERATOR       1 x 28kW Cummins 1,500rpm

GENERATOR HOURS                   As of 13 November 2014

                                                             #1: 10,191 hours

                                                             #2: 9,739 hours

                                                             #3: 25 hours on emergency generator

SHORE POWER                               380V 3-Phase 50Hz

A/C                                                      Atlantic refer

INTERIOR FRESH AIR                  High press system

AIR COMPRESSORS                     2 x HPC 5x6 7.5bar screw

                                                             Atlas Copco LE7 10bar piston

WATERMAKER                               2 x HEM

FRESH WATER SYSTEM              UV filter + charcoal

SEWAGE SYSTEM                          Hamann


FUEL FILTRATION                        Wartsilla centrifuge plus duplex filters


MAIN ENGINE START                 2 x Independent banks - auto charged - 38 batteries

GENERATOR STARTING            1 x 2 Bank per generator - auto charged

EMERGENCY                                   6 x Batteries maintenance free – auto charged


·      15m x 10m Maximum size (EC155/S76)
·      4.5 ton maximum weight
·      Suitable for Helicopter sling loading
·      Retractable Hanger (will fit Squirrel or Agusta 109)
·      5,000 litres Helicopter fuel capacity
·      Refueling station at deck level with 103 l/m flow rate
·      Folding Safety Railings
·      Tie Down Points



RADAR                                              Kelvin Hughes 3cm "X" band atmospheric dependent range

RADAR                                              Kelvin Hughes 10cm "S" band atmospheric dependent range

AUTOPILOT                                     Yokogawa

                                                              Navitec Raytheon         

GYROCOMPASS                             Yokogawa KM008                                            

COMPASS                                         Cassens & Plath                        

DEPTH SOUNDERS                       2 x Fore and aft by B&G                                   

SATNAV                                            Transas                           

GPS                                                     2 x Leica MX 412                      

DGPS -                                               2 x Leica   MX412                       

PLOTTER SOFTWARE                  Transas                           

CHART PLOTTER                          Transas                           

NAVTEX                                            JRC           NCR-300A                

AIS                                                      SAAB                              

WIND INSTRUMENTS                 1 x B&G  

                                                             1 x Furuno          

SPEED LOG                                      Walker Log 


SATCOM                                           Vsat equipt removed (subscription expired)

VHF FIXED                                        Sailor RRT 5022

                                                              2 x RT 2048

VHF HANDHELD                            Sailor 2

                                                              I-Com 21

SSB                                                      Sailor  CU 50100

TELEPHONE SYSTEM                   Cisco IP w/extensions in all areas

ICOM                                                  19  x ICM-87/88

INTERCOM                                      Cisco

SHIPS COMPUTER                        iMacs

PRINTER                                           HPs officejet

INTERNET                                        Wi-Fi internet throughout - 512 kbps max


ANCHOR WINDLASSES              Krimpen EAII    

ANCHORS                                        2 x HHP with SWL of 1,000kg

ANCHOR CHAINS                         32mm x 2 x 6 shackles

CAPSTANS                                            1 x Coastal marine CME aft

WINDLASSES                                  2 x Krimpen

CRANES/DAVITS                           2 x HS Marine: Starboard 6t w/SWL &Port w/3.5t SWL

BOARDING GANGWAY              1 x Manual @ stern - doubles for  side boarding as well

SPOTLIGHTS                                   6

SEARCHLIGHTS                             2   

FURNITURE                                     Dining Area with 8 x sun loungers W/dining capacity for 10

                                                             Wet Bar

AWNINGS                                        Sun Shade Awning


CENTRAL SHIPS AUDIO             Sonos

CENTRAL SHIPS VIDEO              Media server - apple TV's

FLAT SCREEN TV’S                       All guest areas plus crew cabins and mess – in total: 21

STEREO'S                                          Guest areas - Sonos      

                                                              Cabins - Apple TV's



RANGE                                               LecnoInox

OVEN                                                  1 x Retigo RM Gastro

REFRIGERATION                           2 x Whirlpool

GRILL                                                 1 x LecnoInox

MICROWAVE                                  1 x Candy

FREEZER                                           1 x Matsui

ICEMAKERS                                    1 x Simag

DISHWASHERS                              2 x Miele professional

WINECOOLER                                1 x Electrolux, Arthur Martin  

WALK IN FRIDGE                          Fwd of Galley

WALK IN FREEZER                        Lower deck



WASHING MACHINES                 1 x Miele pro fwd laundry

                                                              1 x Electrolux fwd laundry                         

MAIN LAUNDRY DRYERS          1    Miele pro  fwd laundry

                                                              1    Electrolux  fwd laundry


2ND WASHERS                               1 x Electrolux aft laundry

                                                              1 x Electrolux  aft laundry                           

2ND DRYERS                                   1 x Electrolux  aft laundry

                                                              1 x Electrolux   aft laundry


PRESSING EQUIPMENT              1 x Miele                                     

IRONING                                          2 x Rowenta pro perfect irons  aft laundry

                                                              1 x Bosch Iron     fwd laundry

                                                              1 x Laurastar       fwd laundry



CAMERAS                                         5 x Cameras - 3 main deck, 1 pantry, 1 mast

MONITORS                                      1 x Crew mess               

DOOR ALARMS                              1 x Code lock                 

MOTION DETECTORS                 1 x To security light on gangway



DETECTORS                                    8 x Heat throughout vessel

                                                             74 x Smoke throughout vessel

                                                             1 x Optical throughout vessel

                                                             22 x Call points 

FIXED CO2 FIRE SYSTEM            Engine Room

FIRE EXTINGUISHER                    6 x Portable C02                        

                                                              35 x Foam & powder                            

SEAWATER FIREFIGHTING       8 x Hydrants throughout         

                                                              2 x Pumps          

                                                              Foam equipment                      

FIREFIGHTING SUIT                     4 x FFE aft air handler locker - Drager          



LIFERAFTS                                       4 x 20 man due for service Viking                 

LIFERINGS                                       10 x Perry Solas             

EPIRBS                                               ACR Cobham 406 on Bridge deck                 

FLARES                                              2 x Sets of flares                         



·      Tender 1 - 10.20m Naiad 2 x Yanmar driven water jets
·      Tender 2 - 8m Stanley Landing craft w/150hp Yamaha outboard
·      Tender 3 - 5.50 Sealegs Amphib RIB inflatable w/ Yamaha 100hp outboard


·      2 x SeaDoo Wake 215hp Jet Skis
·      Kayaks
·      Water Skis
·      Seabob
·      Paddleboats


·      6 x Sets of Posidon
·      1 x Compressor Bauer 300 bar
·      15 x Snorkelling equipment
·      Various fishing equipment both heavy and light tackle


·      Lower deck Gym of 3mx4m with: Kettle Track running machine
·      Dry Sauna



WATER MAKER                              HEM- HP pumps overhauled, new membranes

                                                              installed. La Ciotat 2008

ANCHOR WINDLASS                   In Crete 2008 windlass dismantled, inner parts checked,

                                                              damaged one replaced, windlass body sand blasted and


ANCHOR CHAINS                         2008 - Crete chains replaced.

AIR CONDITIONING                    Compressor Overhauled, Malta 2009.


HARBOUR GENERATOR             2010 - installed two new Caterpillar generators, equipped

                                                              with advance power sharing and controlled systems.

                                                              Generators relocated to better and more convenient place in

                                                              engine room.


MAIN ENGINES                              3 x Deutz 430kW- installed new (second hand, standby

                                                              generators for hospitals with 300h) in 2010 by Malta ship

                                                              yard services.

                                                              Main engines recorded as generally overhauled in 2010

                                                              with +/- 3000 hours since.

GEARBOXES                                    3 x Reintjes

BOW THRUSTER                            Bearings and seals replaced. Malta 2010

STBILISERS                                      Complete overhaul, Genoa 2014


DOUBLE BOTTOM TANKS         No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11. Tanks sandblasted and painted with

                                                              Hempel epoxy paint. Tanks No 3 and 4 contain solid ballast

                                                              as iron ingots, all ingots removed, sand blasted, painted

                                                              and restored in to tanks. Black water tank- tank top, frames

                                                              and outside shell plate renewed, painted with Hempel

                                                              epoxy paint under control of Hempel surveyor. Malta 2010.

                                                              New Deck Crane PS Installed new, Norfolk 2011.


 AKULA WORKS 2008 -2014


Upgrade and extension of forward Laundry including:

·      More machines and larger work space for interior crew.

·      Forward bulkhead installed to separate guest corridor from Laundry area.


All guest cabins upgraded including:

·      Rep lacing head liners and Headliner fittings.

·      New lighting with sensors.

·      Larger ward robe storage area.

·      New bed bases with foot lighting.

·      Upgrade of Bathroom fittings.



Upgrade of Master Bedroom, Bathroom and Saloon including:

·      Complete new Bathroom

·      Bed room fitting s and fixtures.

·      Walk in Wardrobe.



Upgrade and expansion of crew mess including:

·      New Dinner Table, Bench-top and Cupboard storage.

·      New headliners.

·      Re-arranging of sea ting and removal of void spaces for better use of space.

·      Installation of Apple TV entertainment system for mess, crew and guest areas.



Upgrade of Dining area including:

·      New headliners.

·      Marble-top dining table.

·      Access door to Port side owner’s deck.



Upgrade of Pantry area including:

·      New headliners

·      Additional storage space and wine fridge.

·      Additional bench space.



Upgrade of Aft Saloon including:

·      New Headliners

·      Fitting s and Furniture

·      Small office space



Upgrade and expansion of Aft storage areas including the installation of:

·      Gym with running machine, speed ball and punch bag

·      1 x 4 person Sauna

·      Massage room.

·       Day head.



Conversion of Hangar and Heli-Workshop into Day Room including:

·      Bar, Lounge and Dining area.

·      Adjoining covered exterior entertainment area.

·      Removable fittings to enable storage of Helicopter when necessary.



Upgrade and addition of Cranes, Tenders, Jet Skis and including:

·      10.2m NAIAD Custom Cabin Jet Rib specifically designed for expeditions. Powered by

·      Twin Yanmar 315 HP & Hamilton Jets. Top speed of 36 knots and range of over 200nm.

·      7.5m STANLEY Landing Craft with Yamaha 150HP

·      2 x Seadoo Jet skis.

·      Bauer Dive Compressor.

·      2 x quad bike ATV’s

·      1 x 2 person ATV



·      Bolidt Deck installed on Helideck and Observation Deck.

·      All aerials, satellite dishes and scanners removed from Monkey Island above Bridge to

create large Observation Dec k with 360º views.



·      Complete stabiliser overhaul

·      New bridge

·      New navigational equipment”


Formerly a Dutch navy pilot vessel "Akula" was converted to a world cruising explorer yacht in 1999 at the Vosper Thornycraft shipyard. BMT Nigel Gee provided all naval architecture and structural design for the conversion including the addition of a flight deck and helicopter hangar. Refit work

was completed at Vosper Thornycraft in 1999. A further interior and exterior refit was completed at


H2X in La Ciotat in 2008. Engine overhaul in Malta in 2010. Akula is a wonderful example of a well-kept conversion from her working days as a Dutch Pilot vessel. Originally built in Holland to the highest Dutch naval specification, her condition today reflects her high standard of construction and the maintenance and care that has followed throughout her life until now.


Akula was refitted to accommodate professional helicopter operations and to be able to cruise the most unfriendly of oceans in style, safety and comfort. Akula is equipped with four Vosper stabilizers that assist rough weather heli-operations allowing comfortable landings in up to around Force 6 weather conditions.


Three main diesel electric engines provide single screw propulsion and power. Together with the silenced generators sound (DB) levels compare well with modern day building standards. Stern and bow thrusters allow for ease of maneuvering and positioning.


This vessel, with its sturdy launches and equipment reflects the type of use she was intended for and portrays the feeling of strength and safety with a homely, comfortable atmosphere.



·      Vosper GB, 1999.

·      Complete refit & conversion to Heli-ops Yacht Explorer H2X La Ciotat, 2008.

·      Interior and exterior.

·      Engine and Generator Overhaul Malta 2010.

·      New Navigation equipment and bridge in 2014.