Phocea was the largest sailing yacht in the world before the 2004 launching of Athena by Royal Huisman. She was built at the Toulon Naval Dockyard in 1976 for the well-reputed, single-handed yachtsman Alain Colas.
In July 1997, Phocea was purchased by Mouna Ayoub and she began her transformation into a sailing yacht at Lurssen. Whilst retaining her unmistakable identity, she has received major interior and exterior upgrading by British naval architect Butch Dalrymple-Smith. The interior contains living and accommodation areas with wood panelling, and some furniture by David Linley. The owner’s Suite is situated on the main deck whilst the VIP guest cabin and four other double cabins, all with full ensuite facilities, are located on the lower deck. She won the 1999 ShowBoats award for best refit.
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