Upon completion of an extensive four-month refit project, Diverse Projects, the Auckland-based refit specialist, has re-launched the 54m Damen Sea Axe, Advantage. The project, undertaken by Oceania Marine, included everything from lengthening to the construction of a submarine garage, and provided a unique challenge in what was a demanding time frame.

Damen’s Sea Axe model is a multipurpose support vessel that purports to ‘remove the need for compromise’, a mantra that Advantage’s owner seems determined to prove. During this particular refit, and in addition to Advantage’s current attributes, was added a Quantum stabiliser, a submarine garage, a reconfiguration of the deck and a superyacht worthy paint job. The custom submarine garage was central to fulfilling the adventurous demands of the owner and his/her mothership.

The lengthening of Advantage sees the addition of a new transom platform which will house a stern anchor. The transformation includes the removal of 60 seats in favour of three guest cabins, a captain’s cabin, a mess area and an office on the main deck. The lower crew area and galley were also upgraded with a cool room.

“A phenomenal amount of work has been done in a short period time,” comments Lars Bjorklund, Diverse Project’s director. “The is an absolute credit to the yard and all involved, given the the wide ranging and very specific compliance requirements entailed in a refit of this scale.”

Following the addition of a Hella crane, classification testing and further testing of the stabilisers, Advantage will join the mothership in Tahiti.


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