Highlights from the World of Superyacht Refit in 2022

By George Bains

With typically so much focus surrounding the launch and delivery of newbuild superyachts, we reflect on some of the highlights from the world of superyacht refit in 2022. The refit and maintenance of a superyacht throughout its lifetime provides a significant economic impetus for the many people involved in the industry, and often a refit project can be just as thrilling as a new launch.

SY Athos: Rebirth of a Classic

At historic Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman, the classic schooner ATHOS re-emerged as a reborn superyachtfollowing an extensive conversion project at Huisfit.

The project included the addition of new booms, new sails, and carbon rigging to improve sail management and performance, while all onboard systems were updated with a considerable amount of the interior replaced or reconfigured and updated.

Huisfit worked alongside Hoek Design, with the Dutch design firm involved in all naval architecture work to accommodate these changes. Peter Mikic Interiors was responsible for the layout and styling of the main deckhouse and for the overall guest interior decoration.

The major conversion project regularly employed up to fifty skilled people for over a year, demonstrating the catalytic impact of superyacht projects on specialised industries.

Rivergate Expansion flythrough released

We first reported on plans for a major development at Rivergate Marina & Shipyard back in early 2020, and this year the award-winning Australian facility shared a glimpse into their new $200M AUD Superyacht Hub.

Having won council approval for its much-anticipated shipyard expansion, Rivergate released a project fly-through video which has built excitement about what is to come.

Rivergate’s development includes a A$35M state-of-the-art shiplift capable of lifting vessels of up to 3,000 tonnes and 90 metres in length, along with new hardstand space, sheds, and berthing to service multiple large yachts at the same time.

The video also demonstrates how Rivergate’s vision extends beyond heavy infrastructure upgrades, with a great deal of thought given to creating an ideal environment for workers and crew. Rivergate will become a Trade Centre for Excellence with a new 5-storey purpose-built facility featuring training rooms, offices, café, world-class crew accommodation and crew recreation facilities.

7-Month Refit of Mogambo

Originally delivered by Nobiskrug in 2012, the iconic 73.5m superyacht MOGAMBO completed an extensive seven-month refit at Dutch shipyard Feadship.

The superyacht was seen departing from Feadship’s Makkum facilities in May, and while little has been publicly shared about the seven-month-long refit, images revealed workers on Mogambo’s top deck, which boasts an enticing jacuzzi and lounge. Work also has been completed on the floor of both her upper and main decks, which hold ample areas for entertaining and relaxing.

Having received a number of awards for her powerful, challenger style exterior profile, MOGAMBO also hosts an impressive world of luxury onboard, thanks to a sophisticated interior design also by Reymond Langton Design: kept exquisitely for her owner following her last sale in 2018.

Cecil Wright Interior Refit of 55.9m SY ZENJI

Since her sale at the beginning of the year, 55.9m luxury sailing yacht ZENJI underwent an intensive interior refit, which was unveiled by the yacht’s Central Agent, Cecil Wright.

Adorned with a blue and white colour palette and rich, deep woods, the new interiors of the majestic 55.9m S/Y ZENJI are a breathtaking accompaniment to her sleek navy exteriors. Her thorough interior refit was completed this spring, and has certainly accentuated ZENJI’s attraction as an exemplary charter vessel. 

The stunning new interiors of the 55.9m vessel create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere throughout her spacious onboard layout. A timeless, yet modern theme is showcased in her large main salon that is also equipped with a unique 1945 vintage bar. With exterior entertaining decks abundant in space for sunbathing and socialising, and an upper deck boasting a luxurious jacuzzi, ZENJI offers plenty of space for guests to relax and enjoy their surroundings.

By George Bains
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