Lusben Completes Extensive Refit of M/Y Far Far Away

By Jenna Mehdi

Built by Brazilian shipyard Inace Yachts and delivered to her owner in 2012, M/Y Far Far Away recently departed the Lusben refit yard with a fresh new look, major equipment upgrades and a seriously advanced increase in capacity. The refit, which began in November 2019, comprised several extensive structural changes including the lengthening of her hull from 36.7 metres to 47 metres.

The main motivation behind the refit of M/Y Far Far Away was to increase her onboard space with maximum comfort provided to guests and crew, as well as optimise the yacht’s navigational autonomy. Her substantial length increase was achieved by certain shrewd measures, including the insertion of an 8m module amidship, lengthening of the stern platform by 1.5 metre, and the elongation of the forward bulb by the same amount. The insertion of the module necessitated complete reconstruction of all onboard systems for sanitary water, diesel lines, electric and safety, as well as the installation of a new watertight door. 

Other major features of the refit included the addition of 9 square metre cold rooms, a 5,000 litre supply of fresh water and two cases of diesel of 15,000 litres each. This increased the yacht’s total fuel capacity by almost 40,000 litres. Far Far Away also benefited from a new laundry room, replacement of gyrocompasses with a satellite and mechanical equipment, new thermal imaging camera, strengthened watertight bulkheads, new generators and stern thrusters, amongst other equipment upgrades. 

Far Far Away will also depart the Lusben yard with a full hull repaint, new electronic navigation equipment, four refurbished guest bathrooms, and additional storage space. Thanks to this and 14 months of commitment on behalf of the Lusben team, the yacht’s autonomy has almost doubled to 8,000 nautical miles, allowing her to cruise for at least three months without having to stop in port. 

The yacht will be awarded with a double certification in acknowledgement of her upgrades, viable for both private and commercial use. She will now accommodate 12 guests for charter and 15 guests for private use, an increase from her original capacity of 10. 

Captain Meo Palmieri commented on the success of stability tests after her re-launch, saying, I believe that such a substantial and extensive hull lengthening work has never been carried out and the facility in Varazze proved to be the ideal location for these technically complex and sometimes delicate operations. This transformation also involved a series of changes to the initial work plan, and Lusben responded with promptness, competence and professionalism.”

"I believe that such a substantial and extensive hull lengthening work has never been carried out..."

Captain Meo Palmieri, M/Y FFA

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"I believe that such a substantial and extensive hull lengthening work has never been carried out..."

Captain Meo Palmieri, M/Y FFA
By Jenna Mehdi