The Nautique Refit and New Build Department, part of the Nautique Group, an international marine equipment, yacht interior fabricator and yacht management organisation, has recently commenced a major refit of a 54m, 715 gross ton super yacht in Istanbul Turkey on behalf of a European client.
The yacht formerly known as Fils de Grace and Sir Arthur J, was originally constructed in Holland in 1968 as a cable laying ship. In the 90’s she was converted to a yacht. The project is now known as Touya.
This is the second major refit project undertaken by the Nautique Refit and new Build department. Last year the 38m Zeepaard was extensively and successfully refitted in Istanbul by the group according to Don Dennison, the Touya Refit Project Manager and Orhan Celik, the Nautique Refit & New Build Operations Manager.
During the refit, the vessel will be brought up to full charter yacht class, and unrestricted navigation under BV supervision. All modifications will be made so she will be MCA LY2 compliant.
Nautique retained Mulder Design as Naval Architects, while the client has appointed Tim Saunders Yacht Design for the interior design and exterior styling, and Castle Rock Marine as owner’s representative.
At present the Touya has been totally stripped of all furniture, wiring, piping and all machinery. The only items left aboard that will not be changed are the twin rudders and the original steering gear.
The Nautique Refit & New Build Department, expects to re-launch the Touya in early 2012. Nautique is firmly committed to developing expertise in medium and large yacht refits, Nautique is convinced that refits when carried out in the right Turkish shipyards, using the best local skilled labour and combined with experienced management can be very cost competitive.