Barely-Used Superyacht Launched During the Pandemic Only Sells After Huge Price Drop

Kamakasa was sold this summer after a price cut of more than $3 million 11 photos
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No matter how glamorous and extravagant, some superyachts seem to have bad luck. The 144-footer (44.5 meters) Kamakasa is undeniably stunning. Yet, it's not among the lucky ones who get to be fully enjoyed by the original owner for a long period. This young Sanlorenzo build has already changed hands, hopefully for a brighter and more stable future.
In 2020, the pandemic started to leave its negative footprint on multiple industries and markets across the globe. Luxury yachts were still delivered in time to their wealthy owners, yet the global context made it almost impossible for them to actually enjoy these new floating toys.

Although some billionaires chose to sail away and use their floating mansions as luxurious isolation havens, most found themselves unable to cruise. One of the superyachts launched at the beginning of this troubled period, Kamakasa, stayed barely used for nearly three years.

Kamakasa was only the second hull in the 44 Alloy series launched by the prestigious Italian shipbuilder Sanlorenzo in 2020. Before the official debut at the Cannes Yacht Festival that year, Sanlorenzo had already sold six units in the new line. Kamakasa went on to win a World Superyacht Award two years later.

Indeed, it had all the ingredients of a successful luxury pleasure craft. A three-level split master suite offered 147 square meters (1,582 square feet) of private space, with its own jacuzzi as part of a separate outdoor area. Gorgeous black, glazed bulkheads (the vessel's raised walls to the sides) created a wonderful sense of transparency and connection to the outdoors, together with the full-height windows and sliding glass doors.

Kamakasa boasts a versatile beach club that opens on three sides, offering access to fabulous folding terraces on the water and a swim platform. It also doubles as a relaxation area with a gym and a modern bar. The generous garage can house multiple toys and a premium 23-foot tender. Up to 11 guests can be comfortably accommodated onboard.

Despite all these luxury features, the young yacht proved hard to sell. At the beginning of this summer, the seller announced a huge price drop of €3 million ($3.3 million). This sum alone would be enough to purchase a brand-new luxury yacht with all the bells and whistles, only smaller. At the same time, despite the price reduction, Kamakasa was being presented as a practically new pleasure craft with very low engine hours. Its original owner had barely used it.

With this price cut, Kamakasa asked for €24,9 million ($27.3 million) and found a new owner in less than three months. The final price and the new owner's identity remained undisclosed. A fabulous superyacht that didn't get the chance to show what it can do, Kamakasa, is now starting a new chapter.
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