The Southampton headquartered ship repairer and marine engineering services provider, SMS, has launched the classic 1930’s superyacht Alicia from its covered 60m dry dock in the heart of the City.
She joins other distinguished yachts as the company completes another significant classic superyacht restoration now uniquely placed in the UK restoration, refit and repair market. In recent years, the company has completed refits on Shemara for Sir Charles Dunstone and Lady A owned by the BBC Reality TV host, Lord Sugar.
Having formerly sailed under the name RS Eden, she was launched as Janidore in 1930, just prior to the Depression. Designed by John H Wells she was built by the Defoe Boat and Motor Works of Bay City, Michigan and was one of eight yachts to be built by the East Coast yard.
Alicia has a colourful history and enjoyed a succession of owners who cruised on the yacht under a number of names along the Pacific coast, Caribbean, US East Coast and subsequently the Mediterranean. The yacht was completely rebuilt and lengthened in Miami in 1966, under the name Niki I, following which she returned to the Mediterranean. In 1991, the yacht was renamed Fulmara.
After a very successful charter career as Fulmara, she was purchased in 2005 and underwent a thorough refit with a significant interior and exterior restyling, returning the vessel to her original style of the 1930s era, with the aim of retaining as many existing details as possible reflecting the elegance of a bygone age. At that time, a clipper bow was added along with an extensive rework of her interior, superstructure and systems.