Sarafsa Super yacht

This painting was commissioned by Devonport Royal Dockyard intended as a gift for the owner of Sarafsa.

The  Client Manager, Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd, Devonport, Plymouth. wrotemany thanks for producing a truly beautiful painting of Sarafsa for our End User” ~

‘Sarafsa’ superyacht built secretly, H M Dockyard Plymouth

An unusual but not unique condition of the commission agreed between  Royal Devonport Dockyard and Gordon Frickers was the painting would not be shown on the Internet for 5 years. The painting, like the ship, was produced in great secrecy intended as a gift from Devonport Royal Dockyard to the owner of Sarafsa.

Sarafsa was building in great secrecy one of the frigate pens at Devonport Royal Navy dockyard, that means inside the high security area in a covered frigate pen, building in the Royal Naval Base, Devonport, Plymouth.



Painting by Gordon Frickers, measures 61 x 91 cm (24″ x 36″), commissioned  by Royal Dockyard Ltd as a gift for the owner, [#painting  #marinepainting ].

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Sarafsa superyacht leaving Plymouth (detail 1)
Sarafsa superyacht leaving Plymouth (detail 1)

Thus it is another painting showing how the ship will look when complete.

At the time Sarafsa was the second largest superyacht in the world weighting in at 5,000 tons, that is more tonnage than some merchant ships.

Sarafsa superyacht leaving Plymouth (detail 3)
Sarafsa superyacht leaving Plymouth (detail 3)

With 5 decks above her waterline it is had to think of her as a yacht although that is what she is registered as.

The artist made 3 discreet visits to the ship yard while the 5,000 ton Sarafsa was building.

My clients, the Royal Devonport Dockyard team were very professional, a real pleasure to work with so following discussions and viewing several sketches they chose to have Sarafsa shown as she might look while departing Plymouth.

Happily Plymouth is a port I know very well having lived at Plymouth for 25 + years, my own boat is marked ‘Plymouth’ as her port of registry.

The last time  I saw Sarafsa, the only time I saw her afloat was several years later,  she was in Cannes harbour, SW France.

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