Built in 1980 at the Cleland yard in England, LODESTONE served in the British Navy until 1997. In 2000 her new Owner, a very experienced yachtsman, began her conversion into a motor yacht. She was re launched in 2005 as BLEU DE NIMES. The extent of the refit was so vast that Lloyd’s classified her as a new construction. Only the strong hull remains from the original ship.
A 4 year rebuild from 2016 to 2020 saw her extended to 72.25 metres. The project was overseen by Studio Nattero in Genoa & extended accommodation from 9 cabins to 13, more than doubling the number of guests that can stay on board to a total of 28. A new garage now houses two of the yacht’s tenders which were previously stowed on the open foredeck.
Communication systems were moved to a central mast structure while the two recognisable stacks remain intact. Pier Vittorio Cerruti, the same architect who was behind Bleu de Nimes’ first interior conversion in Turkey, was once again drafted in to oversee the continuation of the yacht’s elegant interior into the newly-added spaces.
Out of sight are the hydrodynamic improvements that were made beneath the waterline during the rebuild project. A new forward fin keel not only adds to the yacht’s overall speed and efficiency but has also resulted in a more comfortable ride at sea.
|REFIT / REBUILD|
|LIGHT SHIP WEIGHT|
|DIRTY LUBE OIL|
|EMERGENCY GEN. HOURS|
|SART / EPIRB|
|AFT WARPING CAPSTANS|
|BOAT CRANE & DAVITS|
|SIDE BOARDING LADDER|
|SIDE BOARDING GANGWAY|
The 72.25m 1980 Clelands Shipping Co-built passenger yacht BLEU DE NIMES is offered for sale following an extensive rebuild, which was completed in 2020.
With naval architecture by Studio Nattero and interior design by Pier Vittorio Cerruti, BLEU DE NÎMES is a splendid example of a classic naval ship, which has been completely modernised into a beautiful ocean voyager.
BLEU DE NÎMES’ transformation began in 2000 and her conversion was so extensive that Lloyd’s classified her as a new construction. A four-year rebuild between 2016 and 2020 saw her extended by 16m to 72.25m.
Complying with the Passenger Yacht Code, BLEU DE NÎMES yacht can accommodate an impressive 28 guests across 13 cabins, including a full-beam Owner’s suite on the upper deck forward. The rest of the guest accommodation comprises two VIP cabins on the main deck, and six double cabins, two triple cabins and two twin cabins on the lower deck. There is also room for 23 crew and four staff members on board.
BLEU DE NÎMES’ impressive list of amenities now includes a cinema room on the main deck, a sauna, massage room and gym on the bridge deck, two Jacuzzis and a touch-and-go helipad.
A new forward fin keel not only adds to the yacht’s overall speed and efficiency but has also resulted in a more comfortable ride at sea. With a range of 20,000nm at 12 knots (220 lts/h), BLEU DE NÎMES is a true ocean voyager.