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Looking yards ahead I


f ever there were proof of the old adage “Proper Preparation Prevents a Pretty Poor Performance” then the tasks undertaken before arrival at a refit yard is it. In short get it right before


you arrive, and the refit will have a much better chance of producing a successful outcome. Many of the better shipyards produce a useful check list for captains to use before they arrive. But captains and chief engineers who are old hands at the refit game, will remind you that these are yard specific and yacht generic when what the yacht needs; is “yacht specific and yard generic”. They do however provide a good starting point.


There are of course some important priorities to get sorted first and these may be dictated by the owner, however, to propose a shipyard visit correctly, you must offer two or three on a short list and underline the pros and cons for each. But remember, price is not always the main reason to book your refit slot.


Location


Choosing the right yard for the job is essential. Many captains have seen their refit fail because they chose a holiday destination believing that they and their crew will be able to enjoy down time in the sunshine. Face facts! Refits are hard work and down time is as rare during refit as it is during charter. It would be better


Refit season is on the horizon, but how does one choose the right yard for their yacht and the works to be carried out? ONBOARD looks at some of the best yards around the world


to schedule in crew R&R as a reward for a successful refit rather than compromise the job. Different yards are better equipped to deal with types of works, than others so chose the yard because of their capability rather than personal preference.


Good communication It is often said that effective communication ensures that the information is provided in the right format, at the right time, to the right audience, and with the right impact. Never is that more true than in a shipyard especially one in a country where the local language is different to that spoken by the crew. Effective communication is often the foundation of successful projects. Good communication can unite crew and shipyard staff in striving for strategy objectives and budget.


References One final consideration captains need to take before booking a maintenance slot in a shipyard and that is references. In much the same way one would check the bona fides of an aspiring stewardess so too should a good captain ask around. Do not believe a yard representative or website. Captains should check and check again with colleagues who have recent first hand experience of a yard. Get it wrong and it will be the captain who gets to ship out.


NCA REFIT ITALY


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CA REFIT boasts absolute high skills in the activities of refitting and repair of superyachts, megayachts and sailing


yachts and it combines a range of exclusive services reserved for crews on a highly qualified team of engineers, architects and technicians. At the moment, the 100,000 square metres of operative space includes: a 200 X 35 metre dry dock, a floating dock for yachts of up to 3,300 tons, 2000 metres of pier, 8000 sqm of hard standing space, 2000 sqm shed of storage area, personal offices for surveyors, captains and yacht managers, internal upholstery department, crew member village with a reception, lounge bar, spa, private gym and beautician, on- board fuel and electricity supply, on-site ship chandler. The site’s facilities of NCA REFIT are being expanded in order to increase their on-site hospitality and production capacity. The following areas of the project TISG 4.0 are already operative: new subcontractors workshops, outfitting area, new build shed 3220 sqm approx, new external area for hard standing 5000 sqm approx. And in progress within the expansion is a new drydock 146 x 46 x 7.7 mt, covering with shed of old dock 196 x 36 x 6 mt, new build shed 5440 sqm approx. Among the most recent and outstanding refitted yachts at NCA REFIT there are: S/Y ZEFIRA 50mt, M/Y VISION 60mt, M/Y ANNA I 67mt, M/Y ASTRA 55mt, M/Y 140 mt and many more.


For more details Tel: +39 0585 5062 or visit www.ncarefit.com


70 | AUTUMN 2021 | ONBOARD


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