When building or refitting a superyacht, there are an innumerable amount of decisions to be made, some exceedingly more important than others. When it comes to the coatings system, a great deal of thought and input is discussed to make an informed decision. Captain Graeme Riddle of the S/Y Wellenreiter explains, “For any paint job, the financial aspects can be daunting, the technical complexities of paint confusing and the subjective nature of the finish frustrating to settle upon an agreement. Especially under pressure from external factors.”
The S/Y Wellenreiter spent the winter season at the Monaco Marine Shipyard in La Ciotat, France for a refit. The 151’ (46m) steel and aluminum sailing yacht was originally built in 2003 by Jongert Shipyard and required some minor updates and a full repaint. The owner and Captain Riddle have collaborated with shipyards on previous superyacht refits, so this was not their “first rodeo.”
Unfortunately, a previous superyacht refit they collaborated on was muddled by recurring problems with a competitor’s topcoat. Repeated re-sprays on this project led the applicator to suggest using ALEXSEAL. “This was a situation where ALEXSEAL products provided a solution during an unfortunate and uncommon failing of their competitor,” Riddle explains.
Their confidence in the ALEXSEAL system was joined with the positive experiences of the Monaco Marine Group and French applicator Performance Yacht Painting (PYP) and guided by Rene Hoenderdos, a specialist in superyacht painting. “Although other coatings options were also proposed, the recent experiences with ALEXSEAL and the quality of finish seen on recent projects led us to believe that this was the correct product for this particular refit,” Capt. Riddle concludes. The assurance of the applicator was a major factor in their decision, along with PYP’s many positive results with the ALEXSEAL system under their belt.
Throughout the project, ALEXSEAL technical support was always available from the start of the project and especially for the important spray days. “ALEXSEAL representatives Marcel Voskamp and Thomas Grusa were present to advise and confirm the specifications for the job and the best way to proceed,” Riddle reported. Wellenreiter was coated with 501 Premium Topcoat on the superstructure and the High-Solid Base Coat/Clear Coat on the hull with outstanding results. This popular sailing yacht was returned to the water in time for the summer cruising season and has enjoyed many compliments on her refresh.
ALEXSEAL’s industry-leading support does not end when the refit is complete, our technical professionals are always available to provide solutions after the sale. Once this superyachts’ schedule is more relaxed, the ALEXSEAL team will train the crew in the best way to ensure that the excellent result achieved by the applicator is properly maintained. We deeply appreciate the trust in our products by so many yacht owners, captains, applicators and shipyards and are excited to provide yachts around the world with a stunning finish that will endure for many years to come.