Solent Refit is a new superyacht facility located opposite Southampton on Southampton Water on the South coast of Britain. The facility features a large capacity 1500 ton horizontal slipway capable of handling vessels up to 70m. With a purpose build rail transfer system, vessels can be easily moved from the slipway to locations for longer term periods of work out of the water. There is 10,000sqm of under cover work areas for those requiring protection from the weather.
Solent Refit is a unique location for superyachts in the Solent a rea, as it has unrestricted access direct from the deep channel of Southampton Water, at all states of the tide. There are no sills or obstacles to the main slipway and the large working pontoons can provide 14 service berths for superyachts up to 100m with road access.
Solent Refit is able to provide workshop containers and offices on the dockside. Heavy lifting cranes and shoreside equipment are available to support work projects, including stepping of masts for larger yachts.
The yard has a quick turn around visitor berth, which can often be made available at short notice.
This facility is available to any shipyard that may have limits to their own capacity or insufficient space and would like to use their workforce at Solent Refit. This base is ideal for large yacht en route servicing in the Solent area. Captains and owners can bring in their preferred contractors to carry out refit, repair or maintenance work and the staff are happy to assist with sourcing accommodation and other services which the superyacht’s workforce might require.
Highly skilled maintenance and refit teams operate locally and on site, who are all time served craftsmen and extremely experienced in the large yacht market. They can undertake full maintenance refits or rebuild projects. Modifications to hulls and superstructures can also be carried out undercover and redesign and styling of interiors can be carried out afloat. Technicians for electrical systems alterations and repairs also form part of the on-site workforce.
A number of superyachts have visited the yard recently, some for work alongside and others slipped and moved to the undercover sheds. The 1500 ton parallel slipway can lift yachts up to 70m. Southampton Water’s unique double high tide allows for a safe tidal margin for slipping, unlike other UK slipways. Safety checks are completed at every stage of the process, with professional divers on station throughout.
The yard has 24 hour security with guards and camera coverage of the whole site. There is secure access and control and the site is fully ISPS compliant.
Charges are extremely competitive, especially against the dollar or the Euro. Costs are often up to 30% cheaper than comparable European yards. Many of the vessels recently undergoing work at Solent Refit have come to the yard in order to ensure that the work is carried out to the highest standards, on time and within budget. Costs of skilled on-site labour also compares favourably against foreign charges.
The site is managed by Yacht Project Associates who are on hand for comprehensive project management or to help with contracting the right company to carry out specialised work and manage logistics for each superyacht prior to their arrival, throughout their stay and post departure. The facility is also available to any yard or individual who may have restrictions within their own facility and wish to carry out project work using their own subcontractors. Full back up can be provided to any level for maintenance, refit or rebuild projects.