Eileen II merits her class in beauty, elegance quality and craftsmanship deserved by only the most well-kept classic yachts still in existence. She was designed and constructed by Alfred Mylne and built by the renowned Alexander Stephen & Son shipyard in Glasgow. Eileen II had her maiden flight shortly after her launch in 1934. With classical lines that remind us of a bygone era, there is no doubt that Eileen II is unique in both domestic and international context.
Eileen II combines all the qualities that make up a wonderful classic yacht. Beyond her astonishing beauty, she offers space, comfort, speed and golden opportunities as a charter vessel. The current owners have been uncompromising in regards to maintaining this classic yacht and have kept her in the condition a classic yacht of this caliber ought to be. All maintenance work on Eileen II has been carried out by professionals. Precision and accuracy with attention to maintaining her historical details has been the hallmark of her current ownership.
Eileen was launched in 1934, originally named Albyn. This era is characterized as the end of the golden age of classic yacht construction. During this period, Alexander Stephen & Son where at the forefront in their abilities in constructing these graceful yachts. You will find no finer pedigree than a classic yacht designed by Alfred Mylne, apprentice of the famous GL Watson, and built by the Alexander Stephen & son shipyard.
Eileen is 92 feet long overall and measures 82 feet on deck excluding the bow spear. She was originally equipped with an eight liter Gleniffer kerosene engine but this has replaced with a modern diesel engine.
She was built by order for the Glasgow-based tobacco magnate Robert French, a leading figure in the yachting community of his day. Lloyds register from 1936 shows him as a commander in the Royal Cruising Club and Royal Corinthian Yacht Club of Cowes. When the war broke out in 1939 she had her homeport in the Solent but was fortunately saved from Nazi bomb devastation and sailed to Dunkirk to support the evacuation of allied troops in 1940. In 1947 she was bought by the wife of an Italian tycoon and renamed "Gialese”. She was sailed to the Mediterranean, her homeport became Porto Santo Stefano, Italy, but she retained Southampton as her port of registry. The family retained 'Gialesa" until Mrs. Feltrinelli's death in 1983, after which “Gialese” was put up for sale at Sotheby's auctions. The highest bidder, was an industrialist with interests in a famous Italian shipyard. Having procured the vessel, it was decided that she would undergo an extensive restoration work, aimed at putting her back into pristine condition. During a period of 18 months professional boatbuilders performed a laborious restoration process and they made improvements and repairs in accordance with all the rules in the fine art of classic yacht restoration. No expense was spared.
She was re-launched in the summer of 1986, perfectly restored to her original condition.On the Classic Yacht Rally Imperia (Italy) in 1987 she won the prize for best interpreter of historical tradition thanks to her well-kept original hull, interior and beautiful lines. The summer of 1993 Erling Storm decided to buy Eileen II and sailed her to Oslo where she has her home port today. August the 7th the same year Eileen II made her first public debut in Norwegian waters at the Risør Classic Boat Festival where she was given her current name Eileen II. Interior designers, cabinetmakers and many more have spent endless time and to finally get this lady into the condition she is in today. 2000 hours of maintenance work has been performed on Eileen II every year which makes her appear as lovely today as the day she left the shipyard in Scotland for her maiden voyage in 1934.
Eileen II "is one of the most beautiful classic yachts in the world. There are only two or three classic yachts of her size in Northern Europe. Having owned the boat for 23 years the current owner has decided that it is time for Eileen II to get a new custodian whom will continue to lead her into this century as elegantly as she left the last.
Eileen II operates in charter traffic and she is currently registered as a passenger ship with all approvals and documentation recently updated in order and without remarks. She is registered for up to 30 passengers and currently holds a crew of 3 in connection with her business. In the luxurious lounge, one can serve up to 14 people, she is furnished with her original two large tables in oak. Her elegant fireplace and surroundings is reminiscent of a bygone era, a period in time when things were crafted with both beauty and long-lasting quality in mind. She has a total of 5 cabins with a ship owner’s cabin, a double cabin, one twin cabin, one crew cabin and a single cabin. She has 9 full beds and an additional crew berth in the navigation room, making comfortable sleeping arrangements for up to 10 people. The galley is equipped with all conceivable facilities. She is in very good condition and is emerging as the gorgeous piece of history that she is. She still has her original steel frames, these where manufactured using a strong steel alloy that has proved to protect well against corrosion and wear over the years. Her sailing characteristics are terrific, her long and slender hull is not only a pleasure to the eye, she cuts through the water like a knife and she easily outmaneuver most modern sailing vessels.
Caterpillar 3306T with 285 horsepower, all service and maintenance are regularly performed according to the Caterpillar service and maintenance plan.