Owned by businessman Hans-Peter Wild, the luxury vessel, worth a whopping $90.5 million, crashed into the dock at Sint Maarten Yacht Club in late February. The dock sustained significant damage, and, according to The Daily Herald, the incident was caused by a computer malfunction.
Michele Korteweg, the General Manager of Sint Maarten Yacht Club, explained that Go experienced an engine failure as it was lining up to exit the bridge. The loss of control caused the yacht to collide with the wooden docks twice, and that second collision ended up causing the majority of the damage.
“We’ve been removing all the debris and our insurance person has already been here to assess the damage,” Korteweg said. “We’ll have a structural engineer come over too to assess the damage. Hopefully we can be operational again soon but obviously this is a massive loss of income for the Club at an already very difficult time.”
“If the piles supporting the structure are still solid and stable, it should be easier to rebuild. If that’s not the case we will have to replace the piles which could take months. But in the meantime, we will come up with a temporary solution in order to be operational as quick as possible, at least at the minimum to connect the wooden accessway to the concrete dock.”
Korteweg estimated that it would take about two months for everything to get back to normal at the yacht club.
“Funding is the big challenge for us, and we don’t quite know yet if the yacht’s insurance will be helping us,” Korteweg said.
Now, as for the yacht itself, it’s 251 feet long, and at the time of its delivery in 2018, was the largest vessel built by Turquoise Yachts. Powered by two Caterpillar 2,575-horsepower diesel engines, it boasts a top speed of 18 knots, and has a range of 5,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots. As far as luxury amenities, this thing has a spa, a steam room, a gym, a pool, a jacuzzi, a helipad, a tender garage, a movie theater, and a beach club.
In any case, this ship has clearly seen better days.