Arsenal Do Alfeite
Year 1968
Length 164 ft
Price US$3,500,000
Located in Valletta, Malta

Boat Details
Fuel DieselHull Material Steel 
Engine Make MTUEngine Model MTU/Mercedes Benz R-493 
Number of Engines 2    


THEA had been foreclosed and taken to Malta and waited for a clear title from several Mediterranean nation courts and now has 100% clear title. During this waiting period she has benefited from a RINA supervised hull inspection and an epoxy barrier coat added to an already superior military grade underwater hull plating, shaft removal and routine servicing of props and bearings. Carlos Yachts has an extensive vessel report available on PDF for qualified buyers.

Thea is a 164 foot classic motor yacht and was built in 1968 in Portugal and designed by Jorge d’Almeida Araujo. Arsenal Do Alfeite was and is today an advanced shipyard that builds and maintains the Portuguese Navy’s vessels as well as commercial vessels and servicing luxury yachts. MY Thea was originally christened as Donapila-II she was perhaps the first Mega Yacht of her era and the first private yacht built by the shipyard. It’s alleged that her first owner was an affluent arms dealer who demanded his yacht be built to robust military standards but have an interior that was reminiscent of the great hotels and homes of Europe. She was built using many redundant systems and her interior was constructed off site by one of the Europe’s top contract furniture/interior panel builders and fitted to the yacht by highly skilled carpenters. The wood is solid oak throughout the guest areas and captain’s cabin. MY Thea has had several experienced yachtsman owners and has been formally known as Myrna, Yanka, Derama and Rama. She returned to Arsenal Do Alfeite in 1999 for a refit where several electrical and mechanical components were modernized. There are vast libraries aboard of engineering drawings, specification books, fuel consumption graphs and yard bills that document decades of service. Thea (Donapila-ll) was once the Belle of the Ball of the Cote d’Azur yacht cotillion and with some direction and funding, she can return as one of the Grand Dames! With some work, she will be a show piece again. 

Vessel Walkthrough

Vessel Walkthrough: Main Deck/ Guest Cabins
Master Stateroom:
Starting forward, the on deck Master Stateroom offers an over 180 degree view panorama through a series of large windows. The cabin measures 18.5’ wide X 17’ length ( 314.6 sq’).
The master bath is ensuite and features dual sinks, a large corner Jacuzzi bath tub and large stall shower. Counter tops are pink/beige marble and plumbing fixtures are gold plated by THG (Paris). There are numerous built-in cabinets under the series of windows and a large hanging closet between the double door entry foyer.

Junior Guest Suite:
Continuing moving aft…a few steps outside the master vestibule are a set of steps (port side) that lead to the crew quarters alternative entry (hidden behind a curved flush fitting door) and terminate at a small foyer to a small guest stateroom. The dimensions: 8.16’ long X 8.83’ wide (72 sq’). This stateroom has been used by previous owners as an office, a nanny’s, personal assistant, guest chef’s stateroom and a nursery. This stateroom features a built-in desk, moderate size en-suite head/shower room and ample hanging and drawer cabinets. There is good natural lighting from the large ports in both cabin and bath.

Dining Room/ Butler's Pantry:
Back on main deck, the formal dining room is large 18’ wide X 15.2’ long (244 sq’) with a ceiling height of 7.08’. There are several built-in cabinets that house the glass/china/silver service. The ceilings are coffered and mirrored. There are several bronze lost wax cast sconces on all four corners and recessed lighting. The antique dining table is massive (seating 10-14) with finely veneered features. The dining chairs have been restored and upholstered in an elegant matching period fabric. Included in the sale is a large oil painting depicting a Mediterranean family feast. There are several large windows on both sides to the room and guest can enjoy the scenery.

Butler's Pantry:
The butler’s pantry is to the forward/port side of the dining room. It is finished in a light sycamore veneer and features a dumb waiter a Miele dishwasher, double sink, medium size refrigerator/freezer, espresso maker and storage for breakfast service and provisions. This is a perfect light breakfast, lunch or midnight snack prep galley. There is a watertight deck door and aft or upper deck food service can be assessed without salon walk through by crew.

Salon/ Drawing/ Games/ Media Rooms:
Continuing aft, the salon/drawing room is massive. Measured from dining room to aft deck entry…it is over 40’ long X 18’ wide! There are two sets of pocket doors that allow the dining room to be closed off and the second set allowing the sitting room adjacent to the dining to be separated from the aft salon. This smaller salon has a beautiful semi-spiral staircase with carved baluster hand rails. This section of the state room features two statuary niches and several built-in cabinets that currently house audio gear. Like the dining room, there are cast bronze sconces, recessed lighting and coffered ceilings. This is a great area to stage a gourmet dining prelude or a post dining retreat. The pocket doors allow this space to become a modern media room with the addition of a built-in flat screen lifting cabinet and an Ethernet based media server A/V system.

Main Salon:
The main salon is 25.8’ long X 18’ wide (464.4 sq’) measured from aft

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


For additional information and photographs, please contact Carlos Echeverria, Yacht Consultant (cellular) 917/224-6491, (business) 212/472-7245 (SAIL), Explorer's Club, 46 East 70 Street, New York, NY 10021 or Administrative Office 262/681-0600.

Carlos, who manages Yachtstore's New England Office located within the New York City Explorer's Club has a very long association with the yacht, and professionally hired by the financial institution which owns THEA to manage the sale via a brokerage relationship. Carlos is in daily contact with the Owners and will assist the broker in all aspects of the sale. Carlos is authorized as the Northeastern broker representing her. Carlos has an extensive vessel report available on PDF for qualified buyers and it was inspected and written about by the aforementioned person hired by the Owners.

Also note, THEA had been foreclosed and was taken to Malta and waiting for a clear title from several Mediterranean nation courts and now has a 100% clear title. During this waiting period, she has benefitted from an RINA supervised hull inspection and an epoxy barrier coat added to an already superior military grade underwater hull plating, shaft removal and routine servicing of props and bearings.

Partial trades considered.