Refit story: The new and improved 42m Lady Charlotte

Written by Elodie Behravan

After signing the sale contract in 2018, the owners of the 38.55-metre Feadship yacht Lady Charlotte first contacted renowned Haarlem-based design firm Azure Yacht Design & Naval Architecture in November 2018 with ideas on how to refresh their new purchase. After contacting several shipyards, the owners decided to follow their own direction and rented a shed. With support from the crew and Azure, the owners took on the refit work independently together with a team of reliable industry partners. Fast forward to September 2019, the planning stage was completed and the refit work began. Lady Charlotte yachtPhoto: Tom van OossanenLady Charlotte yachtPhoto: Tom van OossanenLady Charlotte yachtPhoto: Tom van OossanenIntending to enhance the overall onboard experience and give the original 2003 Michael McQuiston design a more modern look, Azure developed the exterior design, naval architecture, engineering of the vessel. First and foremost, the team took charge of lengthening the aft section of Lady Charlotteโ€™s hull by 3 metres, giving her a new overall length of 41.55 metres. Her bow shape was also altered and her bridge deck lounge was extended by two metres, as was the sun deckโ€™s aft section. Lady Charlotte yachtPhoto: Tom van OossanenLady Charlotte yachtPhoto: Tom van OossanenWhilst Johan Mast saw to administering a fresh full coat of paint, fashion plate ribs were installed and the bridge was upgraded to operate paperlessly. To complement her new larger deck areas, Lady Charlotte was fitted with brand-new exterior furniture. Lady Charlotte yacht on transport after refitPhoto: Tom van OossanenLady Charlotte yacht on transport after refitPhoto: Tom van OossanenInside, Lady Charlotteโ€™s complete interior upgrade was completed by the Amsterdam-based design house CRAVT. The woodwork was resprayed, new furniture was installed with specially-selected fabrics to suit the style preferences of the owners. For smooth sailing, the generators and mechanical equipment were rebuilt and the shafts realigned. Lady Charlotte yacht on transport after refitPhoto: Tom van OossanenLady Charlotte yacht on transport after refitPhoto: Tom van OossanenLady Charlotte yacht on transport after refitPhoto: Tom van OossanenOnce the works were completed, Lady Charlotte made her way through the Kornwerderzand locks on transport as one of the 78 yachts measuring over 30 metres who visited one of the Netherlandsโ€™ 12 active refit facilities for works between 2017 and 2019 (according to data from SuperYacht Times iQ). Having been captured en route to Harlingen, the all-new Lady Charlotte has been lowered back into the water to meet her owners for sea trials and a summer spent cruising. Lady Charlotte yacht on transport after refitPhoto: Tom van OossanenLady Charlotte yachtPhoto: Tom van Oossanen

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