The project is now being managed by Navinco Naval Architects and naval architect George Tsokris has taken the lead. Tsorkis has previously managed the project for 46m/151ft superyacht ANCALLIA from Feadship, which went on to win an award for Best Rebuilt Yacht at the Boat International Superyacht Awards 2015.
Originally launched in 1994, M/Y XANA (meaning ‘again’ in Greek) found a new Owner in 2017 who wanted a rejuvenated superyacht ideal for both private use and the charter market.
Among her many changes and improvements is a sleeker, modified hull for improved fuel efficiency and performance in the water, a 5m/16.4ft aft extension that will further benefit the upper deck and sundeck, the addition of an aft tender garage and large swim platform, Naiad stabilisers and a blue hull finish.
The Portuguese deck contains a brand new circular seating area containing a coffee table between a large sofa beneath the bridge deck and a smaller sofa farther forwards. The section is sheltered from the wind by bulkheads that also provide greater privacy, and a canvas awning that attaches above the newly restructured bridge windows will completely cover the area.
Inside, larger windows and reduced gunwales will increase the brightness of the salons, which will echo the exterior natural teak deck colour scheme by using a variety of woods in different tones and bright white furnishings.
The accommodation will sleep up to 12 guests over six en-suite cabins, while the crew of nine will benefit from the Captain’s cabin being moved onto the bridge deck and the galley placed on the main deck instead of the lower deck for improved service.
The updates will make XANA LY3 compliant as well as meeting RINA standards. Currently capable of cruising at 15 knots with a range of 3,300 nautical miles at 12 knots, her original MTU engines will be given a zero-hours maintenance check.
Luxury yacht XANA is expected to be cruising the seas again in the summer of 2019 before becoming available on the charter market later that same year.