Another summer has flashed before our eyes at Berthon Spain, and we have been busier than ever! Once again, it is refit season and we have some extremely exciting projects lined up for this winter. We have upped our game by employing a dedicated project manager, Lewis Wendt, who now puts our quotes together, manages the projects as they go, and makes sure everything is finished to the Berthon standard. Throughout the process, Lewis will keep the yacht owner fully informed of progress and will sign the project off at completion.
We have just finished a refit on a Discovery 55 shipped to us from Tahiti, having been sold by the Sales Team. She had no air conditioning so we installed a completely new system. This involved significant ship-wrighting and engineering. We also soda blasted the hull to remove a thick build-up of antifoul, after which we applied primer coats followed by a smart coat of International antifouling. We also serviced all the Lewmar winches and the windlass, installed safety nets on the guard wires to keep the 2 dogs on the new crew safe, changed the exhaust hose on the Yanmar engine and installed some new Raymarine electronics.
Currently, we have an Outremer catamaran ashore at STP where we are re-applying copper coat antifoul before she heads off to the Caribbean. We also have a long list of electrical modifications to deal with, as well as installing a new generator, and removing the sails for valeting and service. Once the refit list is complete, we will sea-trial the yacht before loading her onto a ship for the crossing.
Following these projects, our larger refits start at the end of September. The first of these is for a CNB 76, which we know well, as we have worked on her before for her owners. As soon as she arrives, the sails will be removed for service, and then the Hall spar is coming out for a 5-year service and NDT test. Next, both rudders will be dropped and the rudder bearings changed. We will review the seacocks and replace them as needed, and service the Volvo engine and Onan generator. After this, there are paint touch ups before we polish the hull and superstructure and give her a new coat of antifouling.
Following the CNB 76 is a Spirit 70. She is having a new teak deck, once we have renewed the subdeck. We have also been tasked with installing new refrigeration, air conditioning and B&G electronics. On our list also are servicing for the Yanmar engine and Fischer Panda generator, a crew cabin modification to create more room in that part of the ship and a re-varnish of everything on deck (and on a Spirit – that is a lot!).
We are looking forward to the winter service works that we are preparing to carry out to our fleet of guardiennage yachts. We are also preparing for a busy winter of storage in big blue shed, with a whole host of tenders, chase boats and motor boats booked in with us. Many of these have paint works and mechanical works for us to accomplish during their stay.
If we can help with any of your yacht refit or service requirements, then please do get in touch.