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53.60m 176 ft | J&K Smit, The Netherlands | 1961 / 2017 | 10 Guests | 5 Cabins | 12 Crew


Itasca Yacht For Sale

ITASCA is a solid, incredibly well engineered superyacht for sale with excellent proportions.

ITASCA was originally built in 1961 as an ocean-going tug by J&K Smit of the Netherlands. Known as THAMES III she was in commercial service until 1979. The conversion to a private yacht was undertaken by new owners, an American family, who renamed her “ITASCA“. She is one of three built with only ITASCA still in existence.

Between 1982 and 1993 she cruised mainly on the west coast of Central and North America. In 1994 the same owners refitted and re-equipped ITASCA from bow to stern giving the accommodation a luxurious feel.

In 1994 she made history as the first motor yacht of her kind to complete a 23 day voyage from west to east through the Northwest Passage when owned by the former US Secretary of the Treasury, William E. Simon. Four months later ITASCA was plowing through the treacherous waters of “Drake’s Passage” to Antarctica. During her time there she rounded Cape Horn three times. From Antarctica ITASCA set course for New Zealand and Polynesia.

In 12 months ITASCA had conquered the oceans at the top and bottom of the world and travelled 30,000 miles. Her hull is structurally reinforced and equipped to Lloyds highest standards for her encounters with polar ice making her a very safe boat to travel on.

With a vast range of 13,000 nautical miles powered by the option of two MAN’s to a single screw, she has excellent back up and ship-like economical operation. Thoroughly well maintained, ITASCA is fully in class, Lloyds +100 A1 LMC and Charter compliant although she has only been enjoyed privately.

She has been around the world four times and been owned by three different families including the present owners who bought her in 2007. ITASCA has since been upgraded to include bow thrusters and stern thrusters.

ITASCA is a truly magnificent yacht, excellent at sea and capable of weathering the extremes. For people who really want an adventure and to explore our amazing planet, ITASCA has done it and will do it again in the utmost style which cannot be matched.

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  • In class with Lloyd’s
  • MCA charter compliant
  • Go-anywhere yacht with 13,000nm range
  • Ice strengthened hull
  • Helipad and helicopter refuelling system
  • In turnkey condition




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Length 53.60m 176 ft
Beam  10.60m 35 ft 
Draft  5.20m 17 ft 
Gross Tonnage  845 
Guests  10 
Crew  12 
Builder J&K Smit, The Netherlands 
Exterior designer J&K Smit, The Netherlands 
Year  1961 | 2017 REFITTED 
Construction Steel
Engines  2 x MAN Rabl 459 (1,250HP)  
Cruising speed  11 Knots 
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Deck Plans

Deck Plans

  • Top Deck

    Top Deck

  • Upper Deck

    Upper Deck

  • Main Deck

    Main Deck

  • Lower Deck

    Lower Deck

Tenders & Toys

Tenders & Toys

  • 28ft Rayglass RIB with cabin - 1999
  • 25ft Rayglass RIB with center consol - 2000
  • 2 x 18ft Zodiacs MK5-HD. Standard tender (blue/black) - 1999



  • $9,950,000 USD
  • Not for sale to US residents in US waters

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All particulars are given in good faith and are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed.


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