As the curtain has been drawn on this year’s summer season and superyachts start looking to warmer climates to spend the upcoming winter months, many vessels head into hibernation where they spend the cold season receiving maintenance after an intense cruising period. Several yachts have already headed north for such refit work and the Netherlands each year draws many high profile vessels during the maintenance season.
One of the Netherlands’ largest players in the refit segment, Balk Shipyard, recently welcomed the 47-metre Benetti motor yacht Africa I for a short maintenance period after the yacht has spent its summer cruising Northern Europe. Africa I is expected to depart the shipyard again before the first snowfall is to hit the town of Urk when she will head south for warmer waters.Photo: Balk Shipyard
The 60-metre motor yacht Ramble on Rose from CRN is currently at Icon Yachts in Harlingen where she will remain until 1st April 2019. Works will include a complete exterior paint job and several changes to her interior including an upgraded bridge. The yard has invested heavily in its refit capabilities over the last few years and Icon will open a new floating dock in December this year for an increased capacity. Photo: CRNPhoto: Icon Yachts
Moonen Yachts welcomed back one of its own this autumn when the 42-metre Sofia at Groot Ammers for a refit period that will last until March next year. She too will receive a new coat of exterior paint along with seasonal maintenance to her systems. “We are very pleased to welcome Sofia back home to Moonen for her refit works, and we’re looking forward to assisting the owners with bringing her to the market once works are complete,” says Moonen Yachts CEO, Johan Dubbelman.
After receiving the 90-metre sailing yacht Athena under their care back in August, Royal Huisman’s refit division, Huisfit is progressing well on the refit of one of the largest sailing yachts in the world. Athena will have her engines and gensets overhauled, receive a full rig service and a new paint finish to her hull. The refit period will last the entire winter period with relaunching scheduled for spring 2019. At the same time, Huisfit is also providing maintenance to the 93-metre Lürssen sailing yacht EOS which too will receive an intensive engineering overhaul during her time in the Netherlands. Photo: Royal Huisman