The fisheries patrol vessel Norna has been converted to a 71.4-metre Briand-styled explorer yacht at Atlantic Refit Center's La Rochelle yard.
The owner of the 1998 commercial vessel Norna loved the strong lines and seamanlike poise of the ship built at Richards in Lowerstoft to operate in the North Sea and the Outer Hebridies, and wanted to preserve those elements but also convert her into a comfortable yacht. On his wishlist were an uncluttered deck for heli operations, outdoor areas for dining and entertainment, plenty of toys, and an interior that would include accommodation for 12 guests and a dedicated wellness space. Atlantic Refit Center put together a team that included Vitruvius Yachts and Philippe Briand for the interior and exterior design, and McFarlane Ship Design for the naval architecture.
Twin 2,237kW engines deliver a top speed of 18 knots and a cruising range of 12,000 nautical miles at 12 knots.
“We are very proud of the design work for Enigma XK that Vitruvius Yachts carried out on what is our first refit and conversion project. It has given us an opportunity to explore our skillset in a new setting, as well as challenging us to work in the framework of an existing vessel. We feel that the interior of Enigma XK carries with her the philosophy of all Vitruvius Yachts: that of efficiency, practicality and balance,” says Philippe Briand.