Dominating the harbour and providing a major talking point for the pier-head skippers this week is a brand new £10 million super yacht.
The privately-owned, Cayman Islands-registered Lady B, a 147ft lifting keel sloop, arrived in the early hours of Sunday. With a 179ft mast, the striking yacht was the source of plenty of attention at the harbour yesterday and today, her sleek black hull and teak decking gleaming in the sun.
The interior woodwork of the luxurious vessel is built from European walnut and birch, with walnut flooring and cream leather furnishings. Below decks there is plenty of open space, including split-level upper and lower salons and dining area which are lit by large windows sculpted into the upper salon sides.
The owner has a full beam stateroom with a split-level cabin, including a lounging area and a large bathroom. There are three guest cabins and three crew cabins.
The hull is constructed from aluminium and the mast is carbon. With a beam of 30ft, her draught is 14ft when the keel is up and 20ft when it is down. She has twin cockpits.
The yacht was commissioned in 2009 by a private owner through MCM, a yacht construction and management team which represents owners of the world’s most prestigious super yachts.
Designed by Dubois Naval Architects and built by Vitters Shipyard in Holland, Lady B was launched last month and handed over to her owner recently. Ship and owner then commenced on a cruise around Norway.
Lady B called in to the harbour on a delivery voyage and is due to travel to Stornoway on Thursday.