SAVARONA, a performance world cruiser, was designed by naval architect Philippe Cabon and Frank Darnet (interior) and custom built in aluminum, by the premiere French yard Construction Navale Bordeaux.
SAVARONA has been on a proper refit schedule since new. Her first in 2006, the second in 2010, and the major refit completed in 2015 when hauled at the Gino Yard in Marmaris, Turkey. Shortly before, in August 2014, she had been hauled in Palm Beach for a hull survey and inspection by Patton Marine, one of the best marine survey companies in the world.
SAVARONA has now completed an extensive refit, done by an experienced owner who is unable to do something “good enough”, it has to be done the right way. His project manager, also a marine surveyor himself, was on site for the entire project. The result is an absolutely stunning yacht that is better than new, with $1.5M invested. Not only was SAVARONA fully repainted, mast-boom-hull-superstructure, but also new 16 mm Burma teak decks and caprail was laid, with new teak added to the coachroof well. Deck hardware is all new black anodized Lewmar, interior varnishing and refurbishing with high quality fabrics, but the real story is under the floorboards and behind the cabinetry. Virtually every system has been serviced/replaced or modified, so that her planned charter activity would not have any interruptions. Her new owner has the choice of using her as a private yacht or continue with the charter operation, complete with web site.
Her twin cockpit layout is perfect for guests and crew. The center cockpit area has a rounded settee with a good size table for dining, which was just custom designed and built with an ice bucket and wired Bluetooth linked to the yacht’s stereo system. The aft steering/crew cockpit, also has comfortable rounded seating area, with steering and navigation completely separate. And as the owner needs to run his business while cruising, she has full Internet connectivity and communication from anywhere in the world.
We are sailors, so any yacht we own must perform, and Savarona is a delight to sail; fast (16 knots), great feedback at the helm, tracks well with the keel down, and a smooth sea kindly motion. In 7-10 knots of breeze she will make wind speed and between 10-18 knots of breeze you’ll see 11’s and 12’s on the wind and 15+ off the wind. So she is indeed a “performance” cruiser. Our second requirement in a yacht is luxurious surroundings and accommodations; to that end Savarona is world-class. New upholstery above and below with the finest fabrics, en-suite waterfall showerheads, satellite TV, surround sound, and much more. No expense was spared during the 2015 refit. Savarona is the perfect combination of sailing performance and luxury.