When setting out to refit and update Spirit, a Swan 90 sailing yacht, the yacht’s new owners chose New Zealand-based Yachting Developments for the company’s knowledge of composites and their unblemished reputation for major yacht refits and new custom builds. Yachting Developments boasts a full in-house team of engineers, designers, upholsters and construction experts.
Important goals of this major refit were gaining a more modern look inside and out while retaining or improving her sea-going capability, safety and good cruising performance. All of the cabins and living spaces were upgraded with modern finishes, larger windows; and many mechanical and structural updates as well, including new generators and a semi-permanent bimini hardtop. This highly involved refit lasted a full year but, with the extensive use of composites, along with the lightweight formulas in Alexseal Yacht Coatings, this Swan 90 was able to shave 5 tons from her overall weight. Shimmering from bow to stern in a new Alexseal topcoat, Spirit is ready to show off her new look to the world. During her relaunch, the owner expressed his thorough satisfaction with the refit and Yachting Developments by stating, “I was particularly impressed with the way the hull and structural modifications were formed and the quality of finish, through all key trades. Above all, attention to detail has been a key feature.”
Spirit is just one example of what a capable and experienced shipyard can do with a classic and iconic vessel. And with Yachting Developments receiving the Best Refitted Yacht award for their work on the J Class, Endeavour, at the 2013 World Superyacht Awards, it is no secret that they have an amazing and talented team. Alexseal is delighted to have a yard and builder with such great experience and accolades choose our yacht coatings for their ease of application and years of lasting beauty and protection.