||ABEKING & RASMUSSEN
|| 139' (42.37m)
||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Price:
|| 6,250,000 USD
Sometimes when a yacht is listed as having been through a refit, what they really mean is, she has finally had long overdue maintenance performed with a few replacements to non- functional or out dated equipment to try and keep up with today’s systems. This is not the case with "Sotaj".
I had the opportunity at the Palm Beach show to inspect “Sotaj”, which was originally built by Abeking & Rasmussen in 1985 at a length of 127’. In 2007 she was taken to Delta Marine in Seattle and went through an 18 month refit including lengthening the hull by 12’. This act alone qualifies as a refit but this was only the start of a complete makeover which has brought "Sotaj" into the 21st century.
Aft Deck Looking Forward
Lengthening the hull has had a number of benefits. Obviously the yacht develops more volume, which in “Sotaj’s” case means additional living space on the main deck aft, which can be separated from the main saloon and dining area. This expansive living area makes you feel like you are on a much larger yacht and is very inviting. Up top on the boat deck the added area gives more room for toys. Currently she carries a 17 foot tender and can hold 2 jet skis at the aft end of the deck.
The other added benefits of the extension show up in her performance. The extra length allowed for moving the running gear aft, which has made her more responsive at the helm. And with more waterline, comes more speed and fuel efficiency. Additionally, she now has more tankage which gives her a 3500 mile range.
Along with moving the engine room, they replaced just about everything in it which included a brand new pair of MTU mains. There is new wiring, plumbing and fittings everywhere you look. Delta engineering is unsurpassed in their systems work and everything is beautifully laid out and immaculately installed.
Overall her interior has good flow. She is a four stateroom layout with the option to convert the owner’s office forward into a fifth. Some see having the master down as a negative but for me the tremendous living space you get on the main deck is worth the trade-off. Most of our waking moments are going to be spent in these areas and I personally don’t need a panoramic view of the water while I sleep.
Crew accommodations were enhanced by the extension as well. With the additional room aft there are ample quarters for captain and engineer and a huge laundry/service room with lots of storage space. And, the kicker is… she’s much prettier to boot. To my eye she now has a much more graceful line and her transom looks balanced with her bow sections.
Aft Deck Dining
All in all, I think it is hard to fault “Sotaj”. She’s very comfortable in all her living spaces inside and out and her “refit” is really closer to a “rebuild”.
The current owner has invested an estimated $17m into the refit and she is a steal at her current asking price of $6.25m. She is a must see in this size and price range.
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