AMSTERDAM – Dutch custom builder Feadship says it will do refit and service work on at least 10 superyachts this winter. The workload of the yard’s Refit & Services department ranges from routine service and warranty work to class-required surveys to major refits to systems and interiors.
Refit and Services Director Pier Posthuma de Boer says the 10 yachts this winter include eight Feadship-built superyachts. Feadship’s Refit & Services program officially began in 2018. It handles refurbishments, upgrades and renovations at the company’s four Dutch shipyards.
Where the Makkum yard, on the Netherlands’ north coast, was historically the main focus of the Refit & Services programs, “the Amsterdam yard now also offers easy entry for yachts,” says Posthuma de Boer. “And we have all the services either alongside or within the huge new construction hall. We also have yachts going to the Kaag and Aalsmeer yards this winter.”
Feadship has also teamed up with three Mediterranean yards – Amico & Co (Italy), Monaco Marine (France) and MB92 (Spain) and one in the USA (Rybovich) – for refit and maintenance work. However, it prefers Feadship yachts to come to the Netherlands. “If something unexpected comes up, we have access to 200 engineers at Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects and many more at all four of our shipyards,” says Posthuma de Boer.
That access to De Voogt’s engineers, he adds, is also a great plus for owners wanting to implement new technology. Examples run the gamut from replacing engine rooms, installing state-of-the-art power generation, upgrading sewage treatment to meeting the latest environmental norms, switching to LED lighting, or installing new electronics on bridges. Feadship reports frequent requests for structural changes. “Having the same teams that built the yacht make the changes removes any doubt about the overall quality and pedigree of the refitted yacht,” says Posthuma de Boer.
Feadship’s Refit & Services program boasts 75 individuals, from project managers to purchasing and accounting specialists. Yachts are assigned a project manager and coordinator. “It is in our interest to stick to a time frame for delivery as the yachts are scheduled right in along with new builds,” says Posthuma de Boer.
Feadships coming in for refit or maintenance this winter are: Samadhi (ex-April Fool 2006), Harle (2007), Sherpa (2018), Moonrise (2020), Gitana (ex-Katrion 1997), Gallant Lady (1996), Najiba (2019), and Sea Huntress (ex-Sea Sedan 1997).