As part of the highly successful 171 Series by Amels, M/Y Addiction was originally built in 2010 to a specified length of 54.3 meters (178 feet) and recently underwent a refit in 2015 at Monaco Marine in La Ciotat, France. After discussions with the yacht management company, Waterman Marine Consultancy and Monaco Marine, along with the owners and captain of Addiction, it was agreed that this impressively styled yacht would be repainted in Alexseal premium products.
Monaco Marine is a most notable network of six different yacht service and repair yards stretched along the southern coastline of France. Their La Ciotat yard boasts handling of yachts up to 655 feet (200m) thanks to a 2,000 ton Yachtlift and two dry docks with 30 feet (9m) of depth. The site also features a 295 foot (90m) fully enclosed and climate controlled paint building which provides optimal conditions for coatings applications throughout the four seasons.
For the M/Y Addiction project, Performance Yacht Painting (PYP) was chosen to handle the preparation prior to the first application of Alexseal Finishing Primer 442. Before applying the Alexseal finish coats, PYP applicators received hands-on technical training from the Alexseal service and support team, led on this project by Serge Baccaini. “To help ensure an ideal finish, the Alexseal team stayed on-site during the recoating of Addiction to support PYP for this complex project,” explained Baccaini.
The colors used on this Tim Heywood designed yacht included Moon Dust on the large surfaces and Anthracite Gray on the window frames and water lines. Although multiple “shoots” or topcoat applications are still necessary—as it is in any large scale paint project—superior coverage is provided by the topcoat’s dry film thickness which is sufficient to cover and hide substrates of any color. Project manager and paint surveyor Ron Kleverlaan recounts, “The extensive and detailed preparation of the surface by the applicators as well as the superb support from Alexseal technician Thomas Grusa, in combination with an excellent product, resulted in consistently high levels of gloss, distinction of image and a superb overall finish.”
The advantages of Alexseal’s coatings technologies are numerous for projects of this scale. With over ten years of field testing and use in the yachting industry, experts agree that in terms of durability and hardness, there is no system comparable on the yacht coatings market today. Unlike competitors, Alexseal Premium Topcoats provide the possibility for easy touch up and repairs of surface damage without the risk of poor blending between new and old coatings. M/Y Addiction will now enjoy a stunning and highly durable finish for years to come, and the team of applicators can enjoy the accomplishment of this flawlessly executed project.