[dropcap]D[/dropcap]ominator has announced yesterday that 28m M/Y Kalliente, launched and delivered this summer to her owners, is already for sale. A new Kalliente II will soon take shape evolving into a new 38M Tri-Deck. Terry Giles, her owner, explains his reasons in an open letter sent to the shipyard:
“This summer my wife, Kalli, and I experienced a dream I have long had – periods over the summer off the coast of France in a magnificent yacht. The extensive sea trials, related to both the new design and the innovative technology on board the Ilumen, gave us a chance to see if Kalli enjoyed yachting and whether her motion sickness would make boating impossible. I was anxious to see how the Ilumen 28 performed and whether it fit our lifestyle.
First, Kalli loved every minute of it and between the stabilizers and a great captain who watched the weather reports and took no chances, she was great. She cannot ride as a passenger in the backseat of a car without getting ill, but on the Ilumen she never once was sea sick.
From my stand point, I loved the boat. The performance and special feel of comfort and elegance was spectacular. Together, Kalli and I could not have been more pleased.
There were only two issues. (1) We have owned a hotel (Chateau Eza in Eze Village) in the South of France for 28 years and we have already explored a lot of the Med. Additionally, we have now received an offer for the hotel, which we just cannot refuse. As a result, we prefer our yacht be stationed in North America. (2) We loved the Ilumen so much, and Kalli was so excited, that we realized we want to make yachting a bigger part of our life. So we have entered into an agreement to buy an Ilumen 38M Tri-Deck from Dominator. We are working now on the plans for this special model that Dominator is designing to fit our unique needs, which includes being equipped for US waters.
It is also important to mention that Kalli and I live in Houston, Texas. Our home was completely flooded at the end of August by hurricane Harvey. The rebuild will take 18-24 months and will require our full time effort. Therefore, we have been freeing Dominator and Bluewater up to sell M/Y Kalliente to a new customer, while allowing us to upgrade into a new construction of the Ilumen 38M Tri-Deck.
I will be at the Cannes Yachting Festival on September 16th and 17th, so please feel free to chat with me about our excellent experience with M/Y Kalliente. Unfortunately, Kalli will not be with me as she will be back in Houston dealing with the flood remediation.With my best regards,