One of the largest and most incredible charter yachts on the planet is Sherakhan, a 228.5-foot behemoth that boasts enough luxurious features to keep anyone busy for weeks. Its interior and exterior are more than impressive, exuding style, sophistication and comfort on a whole new level. Sherakhan was first built in 1965 as a personal luxury ship and renovated in 2005 to make it available for charter. It was designed by KMC & KHMB Enkhuizen. Claudia Rijntjes oversaw the interior design for Sherakhan and the Verkerk Yachting Projects shipyard was commissioned to build the yacht.
Sherakhan is one of the first crewed yachts built to handle large groups; At the time she was first commissioned, virtually no other yacht had been designed to accommodate more than 12 guests. The hot tub on board the Sherakhan seats 18 people, giving you an idea of how huge the yacht is. The ship was also one of the first in the world to have its own fully-equipped spa, two-story dining room, and the ability to literally go around the world.
In order for a ship of this size to be safe and offer guests an unparalleled sailing experience, a number of precise measurements had to be taken while the Sherakhan was designed and built. It was an outstanding example of naval architecture and engineering when it first set sail, and Sherakhan still is to this day. The motor yacht can reach a top speed of 13 knots and has two Caterpillar diesel engines producing 7,000 hp. A single screw drive helps the yacht move forward, and in total the ship weighs 1,945 gross tons thanks to its steel superstructure and hull. The exterior of the yacht really does look majestic, complementing its beautiful interior.
The stabilizers ensure that passengers aboard the Sherakhan do not feel vibrations or hear the sound of its engines. Stainless steel and glass accents line the main saloon and give the ship a bright, fresh feel. Sherakhan’s rug is handcrafted from cream colored wool, and all furnishings are specially designed and cannot be found anywhere else.
Sherakhan has 12 guest suites that can accommodate up to 26 passengers. These are not the cabins of your average ship, but fabulous rooms that rival the best five-star hotels in the world. Each suite has its own unique literary theme, bringing an element of fun to your stay aboard the Sherakhan. There’s Ernest Hemingway’s Master Suite, Emile Zola’s VIP Suite, and Twin and Double Suites include Lev Tolstoy, Jane Austen, and Guy de Maupassant.
All beds are luxurious and comfortable, and each suite has its own entertainment system, flat screen television, Wi-Fi access, minibar, safe, iPod docking station, desk area, dressing room, and en-suite bathroom. Bathrooms are also quite impressive and spacious and have sports whirlpool tubs, marble tile floors, two sinks, separate showers, toilets, and bidets.
In order to keep her in top operating condition and ensure that everyone who experiences Sherakhan has the best time imaginable, the yacht has her own full-time crew. The talented people who work on board the ship are not only in charge of its maintenance and navigation: Sherakhan has a crew of 24 that includes an executive chef, a second chef, hotel staff, masseurs and a manicurist. Those who charter Sherakhan also have the option of having a full-time doctor, hairdresser, and yoga instructor on board. Captain Sietske Vliegen has been sailing around the world since 1999, and Chief Engineer Jan Verkerk has not only worked in the maritime industry for several decades, but has also led Sherakhan for eight years.
Sherakhan was created for larger groups to tour the world in style, and its amenities are incredible. The 25-foot-tall atrium receives abundant natural sunlight and includes a formal dining room that spans two levels. Movie buffs can enjoy the ship’s grand theater, and there are several areas on the yacht’s decks to enjoy a book or listen to music. Sherakhan has a fully equipped gym, and within it guests will find a variety of machines including a treadmill, elliptical, free weights, stationary bike, and a treadmill.
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