CJR Propulsion is delighted to have been involved in one of the UK’s most extensive superyacht refits, supplying a complete propulsion and sterngear package for the superyacht MY Alicia.

The 50-metre vessel is a true classic, having been built in the USA in 1930 and launched as MY Janidore (the ex RS Eden). The luxury vessel’s exterior design and engineering were the work of John H. Wells, and she was one of only eight yachts to be built by the East Coast yard at its Bay City facility.

Over the decades following her launch, she travelled the world before being sold and renamed MY Alicia. Most recently, in 2015, she arrived at the Southampton yard of superyacht repair and refit specialist SMS, and began an extensive three-year programme to restore her to her original 1930’s splendour.

An ambitious project from day one, MY Alicia required extensive structural works, and even the rebuilding of large sections of the yacht and its systems. SMS was responsible for building an entirely new hull, from the aft machinery bulkhead forward, covering some 34 m, and a completely new aluminium superstructure, in partnership with its sister company, and CJR customer, Wight Shipyard.

Discussing the project, Alex Stevens, Sales manager for CJR Propulsion commented: “Our whole team were genuinely proud to be involved with the refit and restoration of this stunning classic superyacht. Featuring our five-blade, 60” diameter Nautica Propellers, and all the related sterngear, the restored Alicia is now ready for the next stage in her life and another generation on the water.

SMS has developed a strong reputation for major yacht refits and classic yacht restorations. In recent years, the company has completed refits for Sir Charles Dunstone’s MY Shemara, and Lord Alan Sugar’s MY Lady A, and is known for its commitment to working with the quality suppliers, as Peter Morton, the CEO of The SMS Group explains:

“I’d like to take this opportunity to formally thank our supply chain here in Southampton and further afield. We wouldn’t be able to complete such significant and bespoke projects without them.”