Cielito, a 43’ trunk cabin motoryacht designed in 1930 by the Stephen Brothers, won the 2018 Vintage Weekend award for Best Restoration, which was completed by Florida’s original shipyard, RMK Merrill-Stevens.
The 23rd edition of Vintage Weekend, organized by the Ocean Reef Club, was celebrated on November 29 – December 2 in Key Largo, Florida. The four-day event showcased the world’s finest vintage yachts, aircraft and automobiles, and awarded the best of each in multiple categories, including Best Restoration.
The San Francisco built yacht was completely renovated by the RMK Merrill-Stevens teams. The refit included structural repairs, transom replacement, drive-line refurbishment, engine maintenance, electrical upgrades, electronics upgrades, generator replacement and interior and exterior refinishing. The final result was an impressive, updated, award-winning vessel with two diesel engines powering the 89-year-old yacht.