before & after

before & after



Sailing Summer Home 

Translated, Nakupenda means “I Love You”. And that spirit of love was ever present in the refit of this 109’ custom sailing yacht.

Designed by Ted Fontaine and built by Danish Yachts in Denmark at their Aarhas shipyard, she was completed in 2005 and previously named Aventura when refitted in 2010. Our clients acquired her in 2017 with a vision to restore Fontaine’s design and create a floating second home for their family.

We had the great pleasure of working with Ted Fontaine on the refit and redecoration of the deck, pilot house, salon and cabins. To brighten and modernize the teak interior, we introduced painted trim, shiplap, grasscloth and even freestanding furnishings to lighten the massing.

And because this was to be a sailing summer home, our stylish client (she’s a trained designer herself) wished to create an interior that was comfortable, casual and eclectic – and steered away from the typical nautical themes. Tropical prints, bamboo, nature-inspired light fixtures and commissioned artwork with a light hearted spirit finished the spaces. Today, the family gathers on Nakupenda to race, relax and most of all, love.

Enjoy the transformation…

Only the best,

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Project Partners: 

Naval Architect: Ted Fontaine | Millwork: J. Thompson Marine Carpentry | Photography: Cory Silken Photography, LLC



| Updated upholstery and millwork brighten and add functionality for the ultimate al fresco dining experience. |




| The refit Pilot House provides better circulation for guests to gather when not on deck. |




| Bar Area features a custom pewter countertop, ample storage and serving space for entertaining. |


| Beyond the owner’s favorite painting lies the hidden television – one of our favorite home features we brought on board. |


| Commissioned art by Christian Potter Drury adorns touch-latch panels for hidden storage |




| The passageway is now lighter and brighter with rich wood tones, textured grasscloth and added lighting. |



Guest Cabin:

| Not your typical nautical theme, thanks to fun and eclectic taste of our client. |



Master Cabin & Head:

| A place of respite, just as it should be for our deserving clients. |


| A once dreary master bath is now a welcoming way to start the day at sea. |