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ITASCA Yacht – The $10M world cruiser superyacht

The ITASCA yacht is a 53.6m luxury superyacht built by J&K Smits Scheepswerven at their Kinderdijk shipyard in 1961. 

Originally named “Thames III” and serving as a commercial yacht until 1979, ITASCA is one of four salvage tugs built back in the ’60s. She is the only one of the original four that is still in existence today.

ITASCA yacht features a bridge deck, an owner’s deck, and the main deck. She is in the top 10% by LOA in the world and currently sails under the Cayman Islands flag.

Length:176ft (53.5m)
Builder:J&K Smit
Designer:J&K Smit
Interior Designer:Judy Bell Davis
Speed:12 knots
Engines:2 x MAN
Volume:845 ton
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ITASCA yacht interior

The ITASCA yacht interior was designed by the popular prestigious yacht designer, Judy Bell Davis.

A warm color palette, marble-laden en-suites, custom millwork, and high-end furnishings decorate the inside of this first-class vessel.

Across her three decks a peculiar decoration “dresses” the interior, with an interesting choice of patterns, textures, and fabrics, she is definitely one of the oldies. 

ITASCA was designed to comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests in five suites, consisting of one master suite (located on a separate deck), three double cabins, and one twin cabin, all with en-suite bathrooms. She can also carry 12 crew members. 

To make the experience on board even more comfortable, the ITASCA yacht has a well-equipped gym and sauna. 

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ITASCA yacht exterior

The ITASCA yacht features both exterior design and naval architecture by J&K Smits Scheepswerven. 

Both her hull and superstructure are built with steel, with a Teak deck. The ITASCA yacht hull was reinforced for very extreme weather conditions, especially for polar ice. 

The exterior perfectly combines three bright yet sober colors, white green, and red, matching the aesthetics on the inside. 

She is also equipped with a helipad and large tenders. She has been upgraded to include bow and stern thrusters. 

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ITASCA yacht specifications

The ITASCA yacht has a beam of 10.6m, a draft of 5.2m, and a volume of 664 GT. 

Powered by twin diesel Snit-Man engines (1,250HP), she cruises at a speed of 11 knots and can reach a maximum speed of 12 knots, with a range of up to 18,426 nautical miles. 

She has a fuel capacity of 249,340 liters and she can store around 152,000 liters of fresh water. 

The ITASCA yacht has navigated the world three times and made four trips to Antarctica. 

In 1994, she became one of the first yachts to pass through the North West Passage, completing a 23-day voyage from West to East.

She was built to Lloyds Register classification society rules. The 61-year-old yacht has had a few upgrades throughout the years, the last one was this year.

She is currently not for sale, but her price is estimated to be $10 million with an annual running cost of $1 million. 


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