21 Jul 2014
'Volpini' returns to Amels for refit
Volpini, the 49.3m Amels build, has left the yard following an extensive refit, which included a 10-year class survey.
The refit project was managed by SuperYachtsMonaco’s Ben Young, who said, “After months of consultations with leading designers and a review of proposals from refit yards around the world, the decision was taken to return the yacht to Holland and back into the careful hands of the Amels team.” And this continuity is an important consideration for a second-hand vessel, explained Volpini’s captain, Nathan McFadyen, when considering its future resale value. McFadyen added that, contrary to his experiences abroad, the refit contract formulated by Amels offered a lot of protection for the owner, in case of unexpected problems.
Young said the decision was based on the desire to maintain the same standard and consistency as had been achieved when the yacht was first launched, which was best served by returning her to her place of construction.
The scope of work included a full repaint, interior customisation, machinery and electronics upgrades. The paintwork in particular comprised going back to the very beginning. “We go all the way back and start with primer," explained Amels refit project manager, Frank van Loo. “Doors, hatches...everything comes off,” he added.
The interior upgrades enjoyed the same focus on quality, McFadyen said. “The owner wanted it to look exactly as it looked 10 years ago when it was brought out. We had some woodwork done in France prior to coming here and they couldn’t match the wood at all.” But as the original builder, Amels was in the perfect position to ensure the best finish, calling in original interior collaborator, Metrica. The results, Captain McFadyen says, were “absolutely fantastic.” “You can’t tell the ship’s even been touched”, he added.
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