Motor Yacht Maha

(Photo: Chris Sheldrake)
    October 2010
The 140-foot classic yacht Maha burned to her steel hull when she caught fire in a refit yard near Bodrum, Turkey,

according to an article on the Motorboating and Yachting website ( The yacht was launched by Defoe Boat and Motor Works as Bymar for a Palm Beach owner in 1938. She was converted for military use during WWII by Merrill Stevens and reverted to private ownership in 1946. Reportedly, Maha was undergoing restoration when the fire took hold.

Info for Motor Yacht MAHA by Defoe Shipbuilding Corp:

A General Description of Motor Yacht MAHA
MAHA is ex project/yacht name 158 Bymar; Peridot; Bymar; Mimosan; Halimede; Zimba; Cibeles V; Principia Ii; Bernadette; Al-Mojil V; Maha Al-Mojil 5; Mata Hari. This 45 metre (147 ft) luxury yacht was crafted at Defoe Shipbuilding rp in 1938. Motor Yacht MAHA is a spacious superyacht. The naval architecture office that made this yacht's plans and general arangement for the yacht was Cox & Stevens. Her initial interior design work is the brain child of Philippe Starck. Luxury yacht MAHA is a interesting yacht that can sleep up to 12 passengers on board and has around 9 crew members.

Motor yacht MAHA is a classic example of a Gentleman's Motor Yacht. She is one of two sisterships. A major overhaul has seen her main teak deck renewed while she has retained the majority of her interior design and charm despite many owners.

Build & Design with respect to Luxury Yacht MAHA
Cox & Stevens was the naval architect involved in the formal vessel composition for MAHA. Also the company Cox & Stevens skillfully worked on this project. Interior designer Philippe Starck was charged with the overall internal ambience. the United States is the country that Defoe Shipbuilding rp built their new build motor yacht in. After the official launch in 1938 in Bay City Mi she was handed over to the yacht owner following sea trials and testing. The main hull was crafted from steel. The motor yacht main superstructure is made extensively from steel. With a beam of 7.04 metres or 23.1 feet MAHA has moderate room. She has a shallow draught of 2.9m (9.5ft). She had refit improvement and alteration work carried out by 2001.

Engines & Speed For M/Y MAHA:
The 8-268A engine installed in the motor yacht is built by GM. MAHA is propelled by twin screw propellers. The main engine of the yacht produces 500 horse power (or 368 kilowatts). She is equiped with 2 engines. The combined output for the yacht is therefore 1000 HP / 736 KW. With respect to stabalisers she was supplied with Vosper.

On board Superyacht MAHA She Caters For The Following Guest Accommodation Capacity For:
Providing bedding for a maximum of 12 yacht guests spending the night, the MAHA accommodates everyone in style. The boat uses 9 professional yacht crew to maintain and sail.

A List of the Specifications of the MAHA:
Superyacht Name: Motor Yacht MAHA Ex: 158 Bymar; Peridot; Bymar; Mimosan; Halimede; Zimba; Cibeles V; Principia Ii; Bernadette; Al-Mojil V; Maha Al-Mojil 5; Mata Hari - Built By: Defoe Shipbuilding Corp. - Built in: Bay City Mi, United States - Launched in: 1938 - Refitted in: 2001 - Length Overall: 44.8 metres / 147 feet - Waterline Length: 40.7 (133.5 ft)

Naval Architecture: Cox & Stevens, Cox & Stevens - Designers Involved in Yacht Design: - Interior Designers: Philippe Starck - Gross Tonnes: 341 - Nett Tonnes: 220 - Displacement: - Hull / Superstructure Construction Material: steel / steel - Owner of MAHA: - Cost To Build: - MAHA available for luxury yacht charters: - Is the yacht for sale: - Helicopter Landing Pad: No - Swimming Pool: - Jacuzzi Spa: - Material Used For Deck: teak

The Country the Yacht is Flagged in: Malta - The official registry port is Valletta and her home port is Valletta, Malta - Class society used: LR (Lloyds Register) - Completed survey under Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Large Yacht Code: - Max yacht charter guests 12 - Guest’s cabins: - Guests Cabin configuration: - Maximum Number of Guests Whilst Underway: - Number of Crew Members: 9

The propulsion comes from two 500 HP or 368 kW GM. Model: 8-268A diesel. - Total engine power output 1000 HP /736 KW. - Cruise Speed: 10 nautical miles per hour. - Top Speed: 12 knots. - Approximate range: 3000 at a speed of 10 knots. - Fuel Capacity: 32000 L. - Fresh water: 12000.00. - Power generation: Volvo Penta 2 times 50kva. - Stabaliser Stabality devices: Vosper. - Yacht Beam: 7.04m/23.1ft. - Waterline Length (LWL): 40.7m/133.5ft. - Draught at deepest: 2.9m/9.5ft.

Miscellaneous Yacht Details
Her deck material is predominantly a teak deck.