HYS Yachts. The Art of Conversion.

M/Y Blue Hunter.

From a Japanese fisheries training vessel to a comfortable, no-nonsense weekend tourer.


M/Y Blue Hunter.

The new owner of soon to be converted 37 meter Blue Hunter (pre-conversion she was a newly decomissioned Japanese government fisheries training vessel named Wakachiba) came to HYS looking for a mid-sized custom yacht project that would not only be economical to operate and maintain, but also one that would be visually discreet so as to not raise too much attention from the yacht-spotting public.

After many rounds of discussion and design, the owner settled on a layout that hit all the right notes in regards to touring agility, rugged operational systems and comfortable yet easy to maintain public and private spaces… all the while staying true to the original vessel’s unique exterior lines and architecture.

After just 12 months at the HYS facilities, Blue Hunter was totally revitalized with an open and roomy Dining / Saloon deckhouse, a new Sun Deck and Observation Platform, an Al Fresco Dining and Lounge area directly off the Saloon, a large Owner’s Cabin with private lounging area, and attractive, cozy new interiors for each of the four Guest Cabins.

Some of the more notable pieces of equipment fitted for this project included a substantial 3.5 ton Stromme knuckle crane on the forward Well Deck, Galley and Navigation Equipment, new Generators and Air Conditioning systems and more.

Click here to view what Blue Hunter's owner said about his experience with HYS!