In 2015 an expedition yacht known as Sandalphon (also called Project Gisele) came to Balk Shipyard for an extensive rebuild. According to Balk Shipyard this was not a typical refit project, Sandalphon was stripped down to bare steel and rebuilt from the ground up. An inspection by Azure Naval Architects revealed that Sandalphon needed a several meter extension in order to perform at full potential from a balance perspective.
CEO of Balk Shipyard Daan Balk said of the rebuild, “This project has been challenging for my team. Stripping down a yacht and rebuilding it again might be a harder job compared to a new build.”
Project Gisele came out as a smashing success. Ultimately she was lengthened to 31 meters and every single area on board was examined and modified as necessary in collaboration with Azure Naval Architects. The interior layout includes four staterooms with accommodations for eight and additional staterooms for up to four crew members. Sandalphon is powered by twin Caterpillar engines that allow a top speed of 12 knots with a comfortable long-range cruising speed of 9.5 knots.
Sandalphon’s final delivery is expected for early summer following extensive sea trials and final commissioning.