In a world where most superyachts look alike, following the dictates of fashion, Solea is an ambassador of a new breed of ship, sailing oceans while ignoring distances, facing the worst storms in a total and rare feeling of safeness and comfort, ready to explore the last frontiers of the globe. Solea was built in 1974 as German Government Research vessel for use in the North Sea and the Baltic and is ice reinforced. In 2004, she passed into private hands and was then extensively converted, redesigned and refitted into a private exploration vessel and is, since then, Germanischer Lloyd Class approved. All the vessel insulation and walls were replaced, the electrical system redone and the entire sanitary system redesigned to allow all cabins including the crew cabins to have ‘ensuite’ facilities.
Almost all the electronics were upgraded or changed. The original steel deck has been covered with teak, but all the fittings like bollards, windlass, sheaves, cleats and the emergency anchors have been kept in place, combining sculptural beauty and state of the art efficiency. The wheelhouse and the majority of the instruments like the very powerful radars have been kept in original condition too. Due to her outward appearance this is not your typical yacht but the rugged exterior belies the surprisingly comfortable and refined interior.
With an overall length of 36 meters (118’) and a specially wide beam of 9 meters (29.5’), she offers very comfortable spaces like the reception areas and the six cabins with excellent air conditioned or heated accommodation. There are 3 double bed cabins and 3 twins all with ensuite facilities for up to 12 guests. One of the doubles has a bathroom with a full size bath. There are permanent internet connections throughout and for those needing to work whilst on board, there is a separate office. She boasts one upper sundeck and two huge deck spaces, entirely covered with teak, accommodating areas for sunbathing, alfresco dining and entertaining. After a renovation in 2009, the Solea is now ready for use, not only in the Mediterranean, but especially by those who want to explore the world, off the beaten track, in an extremely comfortable and refined environment. Nothing comparable with the traditional yachts that cruise the French Riviera.