The 12-year-old motoryacht will undergo a full repaint with Jotun products, applied by ACA Marine. Her underwater anticorrosive will be replaced by Strametco, with Safinah offering coating consultation and oversight alongside Jotun representatives. The 70.7m motoryacht will also see her teak decking and caprail replaced by Teak Solutions, while MTU will service her main machinery. Interior modifications and upgrades will be undertaken by Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, for whom Skat has been a long-term client.
Royal Huisman is well known for producing sailing yachts, and its Huisfit programme is equally popular with this type of vessel. In 2014, 50.5m sailing yacht Borkumriff IV joined the Huisfit programme. And prior to this 43.5m sailing yacht Juliet was part of the programme, in 2013, as was 93m sailing yacht Eos, between 2011 and 2013. However, the refit facility has also welcomed motoryacht projects; from 2011 to 2013, 40m motoryacht Be Mine underwent a refit, and in 2012 Skat made her first trip to the facility.
Because it is a predominantly sailing-yacht focused programme, SuperyachtNews.com asked Skat’s captain, Brad Kitchen, about his reasons for choosing Huisfit. “Skat did a smaller project with Huisfit in 2012 that went well, and from past boats, I am very familiar with the company, its resources, level of workmanship and after-sales service,” explained Captain Kitchen. “Royal Huisman builds and maintains exceptional sailboats; the shipyard’s expertise and attention to detail is highly valued for any large yacht refit.”
There was a bid for the project, in which the yacht’s crew and owners were involved. “Royal Huisman was nominated due to its exceptional quality, planning, network of like-minded subcontractors, availability of a fullly-heated shed facility, proximity to subcontractors and agreeable contract terms,” the captain told SuperyachtNews.com.
The superyacht's refit is already underway, having started at the end of August, and is scheduled for completion well into the new year, in March 2015.
Opportunities to speak to captains, who act as intermediaries between vendor and owner, are few and far between. However, at this year's Global Superyacht Forum, there will be a special 'Ask the Experts' session where captains will take questions from delegates on the issues of the day. The Global Superyacht Forum is held 17 – 19 November 2014 in Amsterdam. To secure your place at the event visit www.globalsuperyachtforum.com or contact Suzie Hine email@example.com.