From Scrap Heap to Superyacht


The former Scottish Fisheries protection vessels have had a checkered history since they were  decommissioned as surplus to requirements.

Sulisker, was built in 1980 and worked the waters of Scotland until she was decommissioned in 2005.  She was moved to a shipyard in Lowestoft operated by Brooke Marine Yachts andbecame the potential Whistlejacket Project a co-ownership club somewhat similar to a timeshare that was the brainchild of Michael Fenton who had served formerly as a director of Hebridean Cruises.  Her current state is unknown

Norna it seems has been more fortunate.  Built in 1988, she was acquired by her current owner in 2011 and has been undergoing a three-year transformation from rugged government vessel into luxury yacht at The Atlantic Refit Center (ARC) La Rochelle, France a facility set up in 2007 by Stephane Marcelli and Chris Atkinsonin

She is now about to enter into service as Enigma XK as luxury expedition charter yacht to be made available through EYOS Expeditions Ltd.


Twenty one crew members will look after just 12 passengers. The Ownerʼs Suite offers dramatic, 180-degree views from just below the Bridge. A large upper saloon will feature floor to ceiling windows that will frame the stunning views of the passing landscapes. There is a massage room, gym and even a hair salon. A small spa-pool is located aft of a protected al-fresco dining area, and the yachtʼs many toys, including jeeps, kayaks and a certified heli-pad, will ensure clients have the most complete and exhilarating exploration possible.

Enigma XK 4.5 metre draught and 12,000-mile range mean she can set off on long explorations far away from supporting infrastructure. Her twin 3,000 horsepower Ruston engines propel her at 18 knots, and zero speed stabilizers will ensure a comfortable ride whether underway or at anchor.