Originally launched in 1988, the newly converted fishing trawler, SCINTILLA MARIS has been spotted during her ongoing sea trials ahead of her expected delivery next month.
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Measuring in just shy of 150ft (45.6m), SCINTILLA MARIS began her refit at Damen Maaskant (a division of the Damen Group), back in 2019 with a lengthy work list which included, “stripping back the hull to bare metal and removing the interior, decking and propulsion. All modifications had to be approved by RIN in order to comply with class requirements,” Damen Maaskant shares.
The newly launched explorer vessel can now accommodate up to 10 guests in four double cabins located on the lower deck, with a spacious owner’s suite amidships, with plenty of interior and exterior lounge areas.
The luxury yacht also features a new hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system, to adhere to strict emission regulations. As a result, the original 4,400-hp Deutz MWM diesel engine, although in perfect condition, had to be replaced.
Eric Moerkerk, Managing Director of Damen Maaskant elaborates, “We’re used to working with demanding commercial clients who require a high degree of flexibility. Owners and their reps are always here in the yard during construction requesting changes and we’re able to react to their needs. This is the nature of the shipbuilding business today and that flexibility means we’re well prepared to handle conversion projects like SCINTILLA MARIS.”
The first of eight sisterships built by Damen Maaskant, she now features a show stopping blue and red striped hull with the ability for long-range cruising.