SURI is a beautiful 63-metre (208 ft) yacht built by Halter Marine in 1978 and refitted in 2007 and again in 2012. Her owner is the investor and billionaire Richard Kayne, who makes SURI available as a charter yacht for a price of US $350,000 per week in both the high and low season. She is an expedition yacht suitable for cold climates and adventurous journeys, known for her wide selection of toys and equipment. The interior of SURI was styled by Jeffrey Botwin, and her exterior is the work of Joseph Artese Design.
The interior of SURI has been described as having a beach house style with luxurious amenities and only the most high-quality furnishings. The American designer Jeffrey Botwin is responsible for the interior styling of SURI, and surprisingly she was his first and only major project in the superyacht industry. He mostly works on bespoke furniture and has been active in the fashion industry in the past, although yachts could be in his future plans for new ventures.
SURI was definitely a successful project for him as the yacht is widely popular as a charter vessel and is usually fully booked throughout the season. She can welcome twelve guests in seven luxurious cabins, which include a spacious master, four VIPs, one double and one twin cabin. All cabins are airy and bright, with light furnishings and ample space for luggage and storage. A lot of rooms aboard the yacht feature window seats, which provide comfortable seating and a fantastic place to sit while SURI is underway. Seventeen crew members find space on board and are available to tend to charter guests while they enjoy themselves aboard SURI.
The facilities on board the yacht include a spa, gym, yoga room and on-deck jacuzzi, although there is no pool. There is also a state of the art movie room with an updated entertainment system. Arguably the most interesting feature is a glass-bottom media room where guests can see the magnificent underwater world without having to leave the comfort of the yacht. This is especially popular in colder climates when snorkelling or scuba diving might not be possible. To enhance the experience further, SURI possesses a so-called feeding tube that allows fish food to be transported below the yacht, so there is always something to see underwater, even on quiet days.
The interior of SURI is styled according to a classic nautical theme with many wooden furnishings, cream upholstery and designer furniture. In some places, the original features of the former crabbing vessel were updated and improved but not removed entirely to allow the yacht to keep its charm and unique style.
After her 2012 refit, SURI now has a total length of 63 metres (208 ft), a beam of 11.6 metres (38.1 ft) and a draft of 3.35 metres (11 ft). These measurements make her the ideal expedition vessel since she is large enough to carry a good selection of equipment and provide luxurious amenities for her guests but still easy to navigate and maneuver even in shallow waters. Due to her being a former crabbing vessel, SURI is a sturdy yacht that can handle rough conditions in hostile regions like the waters around Antarctica.
She is powered by twin Caterpillar engines which allow her to reach top speeds of 13 knots, and she cruises comfortably at 11 knots. SURI might not be the fastest superyacht, but she is reliable for long distances, and her strengths lie elsewhere than her speed. She has an impressive range of 9,900 nautical miles and is the ideal yacht for those seeking unusual destinations that go beyond typical charter trips. SURI has a full displacement hull which allows for maximum stability both at anchor and when underway. She has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure adding up to a total volume of 1,352 tons. Her 241,260-litre fuel tanks and 28,450-litre water reservoirs allow for complete autonomy and long excursions without having to replenish supplies at a harbour.
SURI was designed by Joseph Artese Design, a renowned Seattle-based studio specialising in both the exterior and interior layouts of superyachts. They were responsible for refitting the former crabbing vessel and converting her into a luxurious superyacht with high-end facilities. SURI still has some design elements reminiscent of her commercial days, and she sets herself apart from other traditional charter yachts by her unusual shape. Her superstructure is located towards the bow of the vessel with two large, open decks. The lower of the two can be used as a spacious helipad that allows even larger aircraft to land comfortably.