1930s classic motor yacht Alicia launched by SMS

SMS Group has announced the launch of 50m/163ft classic superyacht ALICIA, ...

1930s classic motor yacht Alicia launched by SMS

August 17, 2018

Written by Rachael Steele

SMS Group has announced the launch of 50m/163ft classic superyacht ALICIA, originally built in America by Defoe at the East Coast yard in 1930 under the name M/Y JANIDORE.

Alicia hull

Arriving at the Southampton shipyard in 2015, M/Y ALICIA underwent an extensive three-year restoration project in her 60m/197ft covered dry dock to return her interiors to their former 1930s glory.

M/Y Alicia

SMS has an established reputation within the UK maritime industries involving commercial, defence and luxury sectors for repairs, marine engineering and major fabrication projects. In recent years the company has cemented its reputation for restoration work, having completed M/Y SHEMARA for Sir Charles Dunstone and M/Y LADY A for Lord Sugar, working directly with the Owners throughout their time at the yard.

Chris Norman, the MD of SMS commented on the restoration:

“Having worked in the refit industry both here in the UK and in Holland, for many, many years I can safely say this project has been nothing short of huge. We practically rebuilt M/Y SHEMARA from the keel up, and we, as a project team, assumed that would be a one-off. Not so. M/Y ALICIA has proven to be an equally challenging program of works over a three year period. The Owners aspirations stem from the vessels true form as M/Y JANIDORE; his attention to detail and passion have helped not only lead an inspired team but also restore a truly unique and genuinely wonderful Classic to her former glory.”

Hull – close up

M/Y ALICIA has seen a new hull from the aft machinery bulkhead forward and a new aluminium superstructure. The equipment package more suited to a 1,000 GT yacht has been installed into a 400 GT one, working around existing machinery and tanks configuration.

Newly launched classic yacht Alicia

Her engines allow her to reach a top speed of 14 knots and a cruising speed of 10 knots with a range of 2,500 nautical miles.

Alicia – refit

Alicia refit

Luxury yacht ALICIA will now undergo sea trials in the Solent before attending the 20th edition of Les Voiles de Saint Tropez running from the 29th of September until the 8th of October, where over 300 modern and classic superyachts will be on show.

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