The British industrial designer, James Dyson has done many brilliant things. He has added another one to the long list of innovations, re-invention and redesigning – restoration. He has restored a classic 1930 steam yacht which has a very impressive pedigree. The yacht was originally designed by GL Watson. The stunning 300 feet long Nahlin was originally built for heiress Lady Annie Henrietta Yule in 1930 by the John Brown shipyard.
The yacht changed hands many times over the years. In the 1930s it self King Edward VIII of England chartered it and made it the setting of his controversial romance with Wallis Simpson. In fact the romance resulted in his abdication of the throne and the couple became the Duke and the Duchess of Windsor. The yacht was later owned by the Romanian Royal family also. The yacht was finally operating as a floating restaurant on the Danube when it caught Dyson’s eye and was brought back to England.
James Dyson, with the help of GL Watson archives refitted and restored the yacht to its original glory. The inoperable steam machine has been replaced by diesel engines. The original panelling and mouldings have been replaced with modern fittings. Modern day conveniences and technological updates have been incorporated in the restored yacht.