Superyacht builders: While the idea of owning a brand-new superyacht that is fresh off the production line and still has that new-yacht smell can be so appealing, what happens when the paintwork starts to fade, the plush sofa’s start to sag and the thick carpets have been crushed under many years of footfall?
They have a makeover – that’s what! And with so many superyacht owners growing very attached to their vessel, the answer is to give their beloved boat a nice new refit.
While some of the leading superyacht builders have outstanding reputations for building the most high-spec and glamorous boats currently sailing the seas, most people forget that these expert builders and fitters can also specialise in refitting superyachts ranging from 70ft to 500+ feet with their own repair and refit teams working on boats all-year-round.
Specialist yacht re-fitters
There are also specialist superyacht refit companies that own and operate yards specifically for the job of refitting billionaire boats.
These refit shipyards need to be very secure, have super-strong cranes that are capable of hauling yachts in and out of the water, have specialist teams of carpenters and craftspeople on hand, as well as dedicated teams of electronic and mechanical engineers, welders, and steel fabricators that can be trusted to go deep into the structure of the yacht to make sure every refit is safe from the inside out.
If an owner of an older superyacht needs a refit, sometimes the makeover can cost more than the original yacht did when it was first commissioned!
Some notable superyacht refits
Whether yacht owners need a simple upgrade and re-paint, or they are in the market for a complete makeover that involves ripping out the interior and re-purposing the available space, the requests for refits are endless. Here are just a couple of notable refits by superyacht builders that have happened in recent years that have been turning heads.
The Falcon Lair’s makeover
Built by superyacht builders Feadship and launched in 1983 as New Horizon L, the 67.21-metre yacht underwent a complete refit at La Ciotat-based refit yard Compositeworks in 2015. The refit lasted ten months and the most noticeable change was the British studio Olesinski Naval Architects giving her white exterior a luxuriant deep blue finish.
But it wasn’t just the exterior of the boat that had a major image change. Also included in the makeover was a complete remodelling of the superstructure forward of the radar mast, while at the same time the transom was extended by three metres. The result saw her getting a Best Refit nomination for the 2016 World Superyacht Awards.
Explorer yacht Luna’s extensive makeover
The Luna explorer yacht has always been an iconic ship, but she made the news again when her owners invested around €50 million into her 2016 major refit.
Every detail of the yacht’s makeover was thought through by superyacht builders, including completely changing the layout of the beach club, adding a new rear-end seating area, and fully updating the on-board gym.
Even though a lot of money was thrown into the 14-month refit, the original Donald Starkey interiors were kept in place to help keep the iconic boat’s look and feel intact.
A2’s modern update
Another classic superyacht but superyacht builders Feadship, the A2, was put through a refit in early 2011. After 18 months spent in the Falmouth-based shipyard, the A2 had been completely stripped back to the bulkheads, had her stern modified and the hull lengthened.
Out went the old-fashioned honey-toned woodwork and mirror panels in the master cabin and in came natural earthy tones more in keeping with today’s modern tastes and aesthetics.
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