Sailing yacht Sea Lion, a 21m (67ft) Abeking & Rasmussen yawl, that was built in 1953, arrived at Southampton Yacht Services for a complete rebuild in early in 2010. Yacht Sea Lion was in a poor state after many years in Greece and her new owner wanted to have her completely rejuvenated.
With many new frames, new bronze floors and all new mahogany hull planking, a new deck and coach roof replicating the original, all new equipment and machinery, gleaming new brightwork and fittings, plus entirely new interior joinery, electrics and plumbing, S/Y Sea Lion is ready to face the next 50 years.
A new rig by Southern Spars and new Harken deck gear enhance sailing performance and make life a little easier on deck. With such an extensive re-build of the yawl Sea Lion, the opportunity was taken to add some innovative new features and update her systems, and to install additional equipment and services into the hull whilst preserving her classic appearance both inside and out. She is now easier to live aboard and enjoy, yet remains a delight to behold.
This summer, as Sea Lion sailed towards the Needles on her way down the Channel, she looked splendid and was back in her element.
Southampton Yacht Services, established over 30 years ago, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Oyster Group. Renowned worldwide for their refit and repair work on Classic yachts, the yard is also responsible for building some of the larger models in the Oyster range. Having recently launched the first in class of the new Oyster 625s, which has been nominated for the European Yacht of the Year, SYS recently started work on the new Oyster 885, which will be launched in summer 2012.
Renowned as being one of the best major refit yards in Europe, SYS has completed major refits and restoration works on a number of the large classic sailing and motor yachts including Cambria, Altair, Thendara, Ticonderoga, and Belle Aventure, but is probably best known for rebuilding one of the most famous yachts in the world, the J Class Velsheda.
Southampton Yacht Services’ highly skilled shipwrights are conversant with all types of hull construction, including aluminium, steel, composite and wood epoxy systems. These skills are complemented by the craftsmanship of the joiners whose vast range of expertise and experience gives SYS the ability to produce both traditional and lightweight joinery styles. SYS offers a very comprehensive range of services that includes an in-house design and installation team for engineering and electrical systems.