The Madiz built in 1902 has a fair claim to being the world‚Äôs oldest steel superyacht, having been the first such vessel to be classed with the storied Lloyds Register of Shipping. Built by the Ailsa Shipyard in Troon, Scotland and originally christened the Triton, the stately 55.4 metre yacht served in the British Royal Navy as a Royal Patrol Yacht during World War II, and King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and the present Queen Elizabeth used her on several occasions. She‚Äôs also the last surviving ship to have been personally designed by G. L. Watson, the pioneering yacht designer who created some of the most successful contenders for the America‚Äôs Cup.
The yacht fell into disrepair following years of neglect, and in 1972 she was purchased by her current owner who made some much-needed repairs and eventually had her extensively refitted, bringing her back into class “+100A1″ with Lloyd’s in 2006, over 100 years after she was built, setting a new world record. Now being offered for sale at ‚ā¨7.8 million, she‚Äôs fitted with twin 650hp MTU Maybach diesel engines capable of 11.5 knots. Decks of Burmese teak, Cuban mahogany in the master staterooms and solid oak paneling in the reception areas speak to the luxury of a bygone era. There are stylish accommodations for 14 along with 9 crew to serve them champagne and keep the woodwork shining.