Bay Ship and Yacht Co Sign Contract to Lengthen the Expedition Yacht SuRi
Bay Ship and Yacht Co. (BSY) located in Alameda, California in collaboration with naval architects Kirilloff and Associates of Green Cove springs, Florida, and Jeffrey Botwin of Herringbone Design of Los Angeles, California have been awarded the contract to lengthen the expedition yacht SuRi by adding a 36 foot mid-body hull and superstructure plug for a new overall length of 208 feet. The Sun Deck will be extended aft 24 feet to allow for the owner’s new alfresco dining area plus a complete main engine and generator renewal package. In the hull of the extension area, a new underwater viewing room will be added that will allow guests to view the ocean from the comfort of SuRi’s elegant interior.
BSY won the contract for this work by competing internationally against New Zealand and Australian shipyards. Since the 2008 financial crash, American super yacht refit yards have suffered severely, with far fewer projects planned, and those that did materialize mostly going to Europe.
BSY’s competitive spirit and its ability to perform this type of work with its skilled tradesmen and local vendor support helped win this contract. The SuRi refit will be accomplished using 99% American made products and Subcontractors, thus generating many jobs in the local economy, and is noted to be the largest yacht refit and modification project done in the United States in many years. All work will be overseen by the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and San Francisco, California offices of Bureau Veritas, the yacht’s classification society.
The SuRi is an American built hull that was converted in Seattle in 2007/2008 and is owned by an American (California) yachtsman.
Big Guest Enhancements Expected due to Lengthening
Obviously, a larger, longer, and heavier boat will offer enhancements to the guest experience other than the accommodations. With new engines offering more horsepower, quieter running, less environmental impact, the guest experience is also enhanced. The vessel’s speed will increase because of the added horsepower and will be more fuel efficient. The new generators will also be quieter, have less environment impact and be more fuel efficient. Because there is an increased amount of mass of the yacht in terms of ballast, the ride comfort will also be increased.
Guest Accommodation Enhancements
Sun Deck: The longer and expanded sun deck will offer more square footage, a larger sunning and “in shade” areas and will continue to have the high level of finish currently present on SuRi.
Bridge and Helo Deck: This deck has received the full length of the mid body of 36 feet. All of the added length happen aft of the existing lounge and a spacious fully glass enclosed guest lounge has been added to the already comfortable and elegant main lounge. The new guest lounge can either be closed off in glass, fully climate controlled and become a part of the existing expansive lounge or, by closing the existing lounge aft doors, all of the glass panels can be opened to allow for the breeze to cool guests as they enjoy the luxury of the new lounge amenities.
Mezzanine Guest Cabins: Two additional, full beam guest cabins will be installed on the mezzanine level outfitted similar to the existing cabins which are also being expanded and reconfigured. These four guest cabins allow an unobstructed, private view from the yacht.
Main Deck: This deck also received the full added length of 36 feet in the hangar allowing for the carriage of even more “toys” and tenders than SuRi currently carries.
Hold Deck: In way of where the 36 foot mid body there are two large rooms that offer guest a fully equipped area on the starboard side for exercise, yoga and for additional lounging and meeting area. This space can also be used as a children’s play. On the port side of the new hold guest area is a spacious, relaxing and comfortable media room equipped with the latest television and sound system. Also in this space are the “windows to the sea”. There are two large viewing windows open to the ocean bottom, lit by high intensity lights that will illuminate the ocean and attract sea life to the guests.