A winner on numerous occasions over the last 11 years with yachts such as AXIOMA, MARY-JEAN II and RAINBOW, YPI is this year pleased to announce that two of its spotlight yachts: the ground- breaking 42 metre sailing yacht SAMURAI and the newly extended 43.5m SEVEN SINS, have reached the Finals of the prestigious World Superyacht Awards being held in Florence, Italy.



Attended by the elite of the superyacht world, owners and industry leaders, the World Superyacht Awards celebrate the ingenuity and innovation demanded by the design, engineering and construction of the world’s finest luxury yachts. No less than 14 Awards are up for grabs for yachts launched in 2015 with categories covering displacement and semi-displacement motor yachts, sailing yachts and most advanced or unique refits or conversions also completed last year. Winners walk away with the coveted Neptune trophy and two yachts receive the Judges’ highest accolade of Motor Yacht and Sailing Yacht of the Year.

We wish all involved in the stunning refit of SAMURAI and the excellent extension on SEVEN SINS the very best of luck on the night.


SAMURAI                          Pictured in the recent Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta

Finalist in the ‘Refitted Rebuilt and Converted’ Category

SAMURAI is for many the premium result of one of the most significant refits and biggest composite conversions ever to be conducted in the sailing world – the conversion of the renowned monohull (MARI CHAV IV) that smashed the Transatlantic Record in 2003 with speeds in excess of 40 knots and then won the Rolex Cup in 2005, into a ground breaking superyacht by the world’s pre-imminent Sail Yacht Builder, Royal Husiman.

“The Owner’s brief for SAMURAI was very simple,” recalls Head of YPI Sailing and Owner’s Representative, William Bishop. “She had to be beautiful, stealthy looking, very fast, elegantly comfortable, technologically advanced and unforgettable to sail. Royal Huisman working together with the Owner’s Project Manager, Max Reidl, and indeed consulting with the yacht’s original designer Greg Elliot, have delivered on every level.”

Converting a stripped down racing machine into a fast but comfortable and elegant superyacht was going to have its challenges, but Royal Huisman were up for the job.

“The aim has been to convert a pure racer into a fast cruiser and still keep the weight below a certain threshold, which has been very challenging for the team,” says Royal Huisman’s Design Manager Jan Knol. “This has meant closely investigating and monitoring the weight progression of both the interior and exterior components. Honeycomb substrates, for example, are used for the interior furniture, and titanium for items of deck gear instead of stainless steel.”

The yacht benefits from a new APM lifting keel, more suitable for cruising and for shallow anchorages as well as a new Deckhouse, cockpits and swim platform to the transom. “She has had extensive new onboard systems including alarms, monitoring, entertainment and navigation”, explains Will. “Her deck arrangement is now suitable for racing and cruising with a large centre cockpit free of hardware.”

Launched only a few months ago, SAMURAI has just completed her first ever regatta, the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta in the British Virgin Islands where, amidst tough competition she finished 3rd overall.

“She is exhilarating to race on,” says Will. “The weather conditions were ideal for her first regatta and we look forward to optimising her for racing in the near future with a full inventory of downwind sails which will further enhance her performance.”


  • Length: 42.00m
  • Original Builder: JMV Industries
  • Refit Yard: Huisfit division of Royal Huisman
  • Refit Naval Architect: Greg Elliot
  • Refit Exterior Styling: RhoadesYoung
  • Refit Interior Design: RhoadesYoung



SEVEN SINS                                    10 years of trouble-free charter and now Awards finalist

Finalist in the ‘Refitted, Rebuilt and Converted’ Category


“When Heesen built SEVEN SINS with our clients back in 2005, they probably weren’t aware just how much of a showcase the yacht would actually be for them,” says Alena Zilayova, YPI Charter Manager for SEVEN SINS. “And if the last 10 years have set the bar for luxury chartering at a high level, the new-look SEVEN SINS is raising it even further.”

The work for which SEVEN SINS is now receiving great acclaim at this year’s World Superyacht Awards, was carried out by a family-run yard with a history that can be traced as far back as 1802. Proud recipients from the Queen of the Netherlands in 2002 of the exclusive quality mark ‘By Appointment to the Court of the Netherlands’, BALK SHIPYARD in Holland was tasked with the challenge of carrying out 'SEVEN SINS’s 10th Anniversary refit.

“YPI has many links with the excellent Balk yard,” explains YPI Commercial & Marketing Director, Mark Duncan. “They have worked on a number of YPI yachts including the likes of ATHOS, WILLIAM TAI, VALQUEST and SHAMOUN. Their work is of the highest standard so our expectations for the SEVEN SINS project have been very high.”

“The owners of SEVEN SINS have been thinking of extending her almost from the day they took delivery back in 2005,” explains Daan Balk, CEO of the Balk Shipyard. “So with her 10-Year Survey coming up and their desire to create room for an extra crew member on board they decided this was the perfect time to make the dream a reality.”

Balk were consequently charged with the challenge of extending the bow as well as helping with the 10-Year Survey. The order was given for the cutting and folding files in May 2014 and in October the inner bow section of the yacht was stripped in preparation for the new 18 metre section.

“We were using cutting torches to remove the old bow,” says Wim Mooiweer, Project Manager for Balk. “It was vital we put in sufficient protection for the rest of her interior and exterior. That was quite a challenge but we managed it by working in tents with under and over pressure.”

“The yacht was scanned in 3D before we removed the old bow and hoisted the new one into position,” continues Daan. “That made an enormous difference. The yacht was originally built with a rigid Casco and minimum amount of filler so our goal had to be to finish off the bow section to the same quality and finish…if not better. I think we achieved that.”

Once welded into place, work began on installing the systems including piping and electrics. “The new interior had already been prefabricated from the new drawings,” says Daan. “So it was ready for installation by the time SEVEN SINS came to the yard in October.

“The entire exterior then underwent a complete new paint job before her 10-Year Survey was executed.”

During that time the propeller shafts were removed, the main engines opened for inspection and a completely new exhaust system was installed and generators replaced.

By May 2015 the project was successfully completed and the new SEVEN SINS was launched with suitable fanfare ready for a full charter season in the Mediterranean.

“The yacht is quite simply stunning,” says Alena. “She is now chartering in French Polynesia and is generating some amazing interest and bookings. Aside from being 2.5 metres longer, affording guests a whole new relaxing area forward with stunning views, the yacht has benefited from fresh new paint work, a re-looked Owner cabin now boasting a very contemporary feel, and extra crew quarters allowing for an additional qualified crew member.”

Says Daan; “We love projects like SEVEN SINS. They pose a challenge both in approach and timing. Everything went according to plan…the yacht was delivered on time and on budget.”

“Most yachts, if they are being extended, are typically extended at the stern,” says Wim. “SEVEN SINS was unique with her bow extension but she looks amazing as a result of it. She has a truly timeless appearance.”

Having heard from everyone else on this project, it seems only right to give the last word to the proud Owner of SEVEN SINS:

“As we have been intensively planning an around the world trip in 2016 and 2017, we wanted to have the yacht as new, and last but not least, with a splendid new profile featuring a bulbous bow to reduce fuel consumption, new crew quarters, and new forward relax areas for guests. SEVEN SINS is ready to visit the world’s oceans with all vital systems of the vessel renewed or overhauled. In the past ten years SEVEN SINS never lost one charter day because of technical problems – proof of the quality of Dutch-built yachts and the high level of maintenance by our engineers and crew of all systems on board.”

SEVEN SINS sleeps 10 guests comfortably in five well-appointed cabins and offers upper deck dining for 12 as well as a 10-person dining table on the Jacuzzi sundeck.

For more information and full photo gallery on SEVEN SINS see here or see her dedicated website: sevensinsyacht.com

SEVEN SINS is now chartering in French Polynesia exclusively through YPI Charter from 125,000 EUR per week.

For more information and availability please contact:

Alena ZilayovaSenior Charter Fleet Manager
  •  t. +377 99 99 97 97
  •  m. +33 (0) 614 676 847


  • Length: 43.50m
  • Original Builder: Heesen Yachts
  • Refit Yard: Balk Shipyard
  • Refit Naval Architect: Van Oossanen Naval Architects
  • Refit Exterior Styling: Omega Architects
  • Refit Interior Design: Omega Architects

The World Superyacht Awards are organised by Boat International Media and take place on Saturday 14th May, 2016.