Built in teak over oak frames, she was originally christened as JANETHA IV and spent her early years cruising the Scottish coastline. OVER THE RAINBOW was constructed to ensure maximum levels of comfort and luxury. From her launch until the outbreak of World War II in 1939, Hetherington voyaged on board the yacht with family and friends in Scottish waters. The Royal Navy subsequently commandeered JANETHA IV and put her to use as a coastal patroller by the name of HMS CORAX. During the war, the yacht’s dining room was used as the principal officer’s mess and the officer’s favorite leisure activity was playing darts. To this day, the original Honduras mahogany panels still show the scars of darts that missed their desired target. This is just one of many facets of OVER THE RAINBOW’s that add to her history and character.
In the post-war years, the yacht was renamed LADY JEANETTA. After a brief trip around the U.S., she returned to the Mediterranean where she was anchored off Athens, Greece. There, she became a popular floating casino, allowing the locals to bypass the notorious laws forbidding gambling. In the late 1940s, the yacht changed hands yet again. She assumed the name ISMINI III disappeared from the public eye for almost 40 years. An English yachting enthusiast purchased the yacht in the 1990s and introduced her to the charter market before relocating to the Cote D’Azur.
In the early millennium, when a Belgian artist first set his eyes on the yacht, he instantly fell in love with her classic charm and romance. He bought the yacht in 2002 and named her OVER THE RAINBOW. She was sent to a specialized Italian shipyard where she embarked on a painstaking two-year full rebuild intend on preserving her precious historical value while giving her a new lease on life.
Under the close supervision of Captain Jean Louis Legros, her oak frames and teak planking were fully restored before the entire hull was caulked in traditional methods then completely painted. The original exterior also was kept and re-varnished.
While OVER THE RAINBOW’s interior was reconfigured and upgraded, many of the original features remain intact, albeit with modern comforts. The Genova based SYDAC took care of the entire interior restoration project, finishing the spaces in light cherry wood with exquisitely appointed cabins and en suites and beautifully artistic features (such as stained-glass deck lights).
Upon completion of the rebuild in 2004, her loving owner relocated OVER THE RAINBOW to her new home in Nice, France, where she has been preserved to the highest standards. There are few more elegant ways to cruise the Cote d’Azur than on board the OVER THE RAINBOW. Northrop & Johnson’s sales brokers Wes Sanford and Ed Dickinson are proud to offer the opportunity to purchase this truly spectacular gentleman’s classic motor yacht.