In early January, the refit of Lady K II started at Solent Refit, Southampton. Having been floating in Marseille in disrepair the refit is expected to last 15 months, seeing a relaunch early next year. Work includes the rebuilding of the main two stroke cylinders back to zero hours, modification to the superstructure and the crew accommodation to be rebuilt.

A project that has become a rebuild more than a refit is the extensive transformation of Mirabella V into M5 at Pendennis, Falmouth. The year was punctuated with updates from the project. With approximately 150 people working on the sloop, currently the world’s largest at 75m, In February visited the facility in Falmouth and to view the progress of the project. Surfaces of the vessel have been stripped back, and the stern has been opened and a new aft, built by Green Marine was added, creating a new transom area. In October, the latest part of project saw the sloop moved to Queen’s Wharf from Pendennis’s facilities ready for her 89m mast to be re-stepped.

M5's refit progressed well through 2013.

Horizon Yachts completed their largest refit since it opened its Premier Shipyard in 2010, the Henderson built 69.1m Saluzi. Work included a new teak deck, mast and electrical sliding doors. The bulkwarks were also modified and new handrails and exterior furnishings were installed.

Saluzi's new handrails were part of her refit.

, which had been at Lurssen, was relaunched in August following an 11-month refit at the yard. The 58.5m yacht, originally launched in 2003, has major technical work carried out on board included a dismantling of 50% of her interiors space to replace AV cables with more a ‘state of the art’ AV, telephone and camera system. Her hull and superstructure were also repainted.

Ronin during her post-refit sea trials. Credit: Carl Groll.

Refits announced later in the year included some substantially sized builds going into yards for updates and upgrades over winter. Pendennis, which also won an award for their refit on A2 this year, announced that 42m ketch Rebecca would be returning to the yard, which launched her in 1999. In the yard until April 2014, her list of works included upgrade to the hydraulics, electric, alarms and monitoring systems; the installation of new generators; a full overhaul of her original main engine; and the addition of a sewage treatment plant on-board. Her interiors are also being upgraded and she is having a new teak deck installed.

Rebecca prior to her refit.

ICON Yachts also revealed that Feadship-built Princess Too, which launched in 1999, would be at the yard for five months for works including a full Awlgrip repaint in a new colour scheme alongside he repair and re-caulking of the teak deck with a light grey colour complimenting the new exterior colour scheme.

Princess Too will be getting a new colour scheme during her refit.

With these refits being completed early next year, will be bringing you updates of their completions.

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