De Vries refitting 'Serena'...

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De Vries refitting 'Serena'...

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It was a beautiful summer’s day on July 15, ‘64 when this 22.50m (73ft 10in) steel motoryacht, one of the legendary Caravelle series, first slipped into the water at the De Vries yard in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. But next July will see a re-launch ceremony conducted by the same builder following a major refit.


A total of seven Caravelles were launched between August ‘61 and October ’65. They were all built by De Vries. The naval architecture was down to De Voogt and the interior and exterior styling was handled by Carlo Riva and Giorgio Barilani.
The Caravelles sold well internationally. The publicity generated by beer magnate Freddie Heineken buying the second Caravelle on the spot after seeing her sailing up the Amstel River for the ‘62 HISWA boat show certainly helped. Serena too was exhibited in the Amsterdam RAI two years later before being delivered to her delighted owner.
Some 35 years later, Serena has returned home under her current name Alcor and will return to her launch name upon completion of the refit.
The refit project is being carried out by De Vries Makkum in cooperation with students and their teachers. Schools in the surrounding areas have reacted with enormous enthusiasm.
With the exception of the wheelhouse, the entire interior will be removed and replaced.
On the technical side, the refit will also include the installation of a complete new engine room with new engines and generators from Lugger/Northern Lights. A new NR Koeling air-conditioning installation will also be fitted along with a new watermaker from Idromar.
All of Serena‘s piping and pumps will be either replaced or refitted. The entire engine room will be state-of-the-art insulated by Kerofen.
Another major task will be to replace all the electrics in the yacht. New wiring, distribution, lights, sockets and battery packs will be installed. The new electrical system will be state-of-the-art, including a large battery bank that dispensed with the need to run generators during the night.
Serena will be fully stripped and sandblasted down to the bare metal. Her hull will be faired and repainted, and the entire interior will have a new paint job. The teak decks will be removed and re-laid with fresh wood. The forward area of the superstructure will be restored to its original layout, with smaller windows and a seating area.
The maiden trip of the Serena will, most probably, be in Scandinavia.

Basic Spec – MY Serena...
Launch Year: 1964/2010
Builder: Feadship – Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw Aalsmeer
Refit: Feadship – Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw Makkum
LOA: 22.50m (73ft 10in)
Max Beam: 5.10m (16ft 9in)
Draught (Loaded): 1.75m (5ft 9in)
Fuel: 5,100 Litres (1,347 US Gals)
Water: 2,300 Litres (608 US Gals)
Design: Carlo Riva
Naval Architect: De Voogt Naval Architects
Interior Design: De Vries Scheepsbouw
Main Engines: 2 x GM Detroit Diesel two-stroke diesels (Lugger 340hp L1276A2)
Stabilizers: Naiad Marine
Accommodation: Seven guests, three crew

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