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Yachting Developments complete major refit on Swan 90 Spirit


New Zealand superyacht new build and refit yard, Yachting Developments, have announced the completion of a major refit on the 27.5 metre Swan 90 Spirit.

Yachting Developments refit workbook includes the 18 month refit of J-Class Endeavour (JK4), which won the World Superyacht Award for best refitted yacht last year. Having visited the yard and met Managing Director Ian Cook, the owner commissioned the yard to undertake the project. “We chose Yachting Developments because of their reputation and their record with recent projects ...and they are just a great team to work with” said the owner.

The aims of the refit were to achieve a more modern look while upholding the vessels strong sea-going capability and reputation for safety, good cruising and performance. The rig was modified to be more manageable and to provide a large al fresco living space in the cockpit area. Larger windows were also installed in the main cabin, giving the boat a fresher and lighter ambiance.

The year long refit also included the removal of the aft deck and cockpit and a new cockpit seating arrangement under a semi-fixed bimini, plus the addition of twin wheels in place of the original single wheel. A new, larger, owners cabin was installed aft, and accommodation on board increased with the addition of a new guest cabin in the forward sail stow area. All interior spaces were improved and reworked, with a light overall palette and furnishings. A complete rewiring, the addition of a twin generator, a full repaint and brand new sails completed the picture. Skillful use of composite meant the refit took 5 tonnes off the overall weight of the yacht, giving her extra speed and maneuverability when underway.

The team at Yachting Developments and the owner have both expressed their extreme satisfaction at the success of the refit.

By Gemma Fottles

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