Royal Huisman refits 42m Mari Cha IV
VOLLENHOVE – Designed by Philippe Briand and Greg Elliot, the 42m Mari Cha IV, a carbon racer launched in 2003, is at Royal Huisman undergoing a refit to add cruising amenities to the craft’s spectacular sailing performance.
Renamed Samurai, the yacht was the largest—and fastest—racing boat in the first decade of the 21st century. The refit involves more than a nip and a tuck. There will be a new deckhouse, superstructure and cockpits. Onboard systems will be upgraded, including high-speed hydraulics for winches.
The yacht’s canting keel will be replaced a lifting one. Royal Huisman will apply a complete new color scheme and install an easy-to-maintain, teak-lookalike deck surfacing.
Royal Huisman’s refit business _ called Huisfit _ is a busy place. The company is currently refitting the 20m ketch Flyer, winner of the 1977-1978 Whitbread Round the World Race (forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race) and just completed overhauling 2 motor yachts _ the 71m, Lürssen-built Skat and 40m Be Mine _ as well as the 93m sailing yacht Eos, a 3-masted Bermuda rigged schooner and one of the world’s largest private sailing yachts.
The Mari Cha IV was launched by JMV Industries in 2003. It was the largest—and fastest—racing boat at the time, capable of speeds of +40 knots.
In 2003, she smashed the west-to-east trans-Atlantic record, covering the distance in under 7 days. Her best distance: 525 miles in one day