World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #31: Sarafsa
Four years of secrecy preceded the delivery of this six-deck beauty a few months ago. In fact, known only as Project 54 until she emerged from Devonport's build shed, the yacht was one of the best-kept secrets in the rumor-fueled yachting world. Some rumors still surround her, like the statement that her owner is a member of the Saudi royal family and that he named her for his daughter Sara. One undeniable fact, however, is that the yacht boasts some higher-tech features than the owner's previous yacht, a same-named Amels measuring 179 feet. One such feature: an inside/outside spa with a retractable roof on the sun deck, forward of the helipad. Sarafsa also counts a car among the "toys" aboard.
Y: 2008; B: Devonport Shipyard, England; N: Burness Corlet–Three Quays/Andrew Winch Designs; H: steel; E: unknown
—The third-largest sequoia tree known to exist also measures 269 feet and can be found in The Sierra Nevada; the tree also has a 112-foot circumference, which is around two and a half times as wide as the 49'2" beam of Sarafsa
—two 500-ton cranes were used to place the aluminum superstructure onto the hull
—about 180 individual companies contributed to the build
—her interior was inspired by Italian hotels.—Capt. Patrick Sciacca
This article originally appeared in the August 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.