Follow the transformation of a much-loved boat as Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair work their magic…
The winter season’s boat shows have us dreaming of the latest Prestige and Princess models, motor yachts with all mod cons, stylish, sleek and stunning. Today’s motor yachts can be customised to the owner’s specification, interiors configured to suit lifestyles, bespoke finishes chosen, but for complete customisation from electronics to décor, it’s hard to beat choosing to renovate a motor yacht whose glory days may seem to be behind them.
That’s precisely what the owner of Beyond, a stunning 82ft (25m) Technema, decided to do, despite being in a position to buy a new motor yacht. When she arrived in the UK, Beyond was in a state of disrepair, with a sun-bleached exterior and a dated dark wood interior, but her owner had a clear vision and today she has been completely transformed into an up-to-date luxurious superyacht.
That vision was one shared by Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair (HYSRR), the team behind Beyond’s transformation. Choosing to renovate rather than buy new meant that Beyond could be a one-off, a unique motor yacht, which is a reflection of her owner’s style. The finish had to be modern, of the highest quality and entirely unique.
Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair is no stranger to unique projects, having previously worked on projects including the commissioning of a Beneteau Oceanis 48 for a disabled sailing charity. The team was chosen for many reasons. The space available in the yard, a big enough shed to house the vessel for 12 months and the expertise and skill available to fully customise the boat were some of the attractions. Plus the yard’s convenient location in Hamble, just a couple of hours from London, meant that the owner was able to be fully involved in the project, visiting on a regular basis.
Beginning with the basics
To get things started, HYSRR carried out an extensive survey with independent inspectors to compile a full inventory and assessment of what equipment would need to be updated to make the vessel fully seaworthy, and to meet the new standards required by the owner. The next stage was to strip back the interior to its bare shell. This enabled the owner to see the space available inside, giving him the ability to start setting out his own vision for the future of the yacht, thereby fully personalising every aspect of the boat’s design.
As well as having a vision for the look of the boat, the owner had lots of ideas of how he wanted the finished boat to perform. Much of the yacht’s technical equipment was either serviced or replaced dependent on its condition. Every effort was made to keep the existing equipment where possible but no expense was spared on making sure the yacht had the best and most advanced systems on board including the installation of two Seakeeper 9 gyro stabilising units. These reduce roll by up to 82% when the boat is at sea, making sure everyone onboard is comfortable and safe. A full Raymarine package was also fitted and all of the electrics and plumbing updated to the highest standards.
“It has been an incredible transformation and it is great to see such a different take on a luxury yacht and a personalised refit that is truly unique and like no other we’ve ever seen. When we sprayed everything white, we didn’t expect to then see colourful trimmings, fabrics and colours come into play but they all look fantastic”
– Malcolm Hearnden | General Manager
But it is Beyond’s looks that are going to get her noticed. All of the sun-bleached beige topsides have been refurbished and resprayed in Crystal Metallic Silver, and all the teak decking has been replaced by HYSRR’s expert teak fitters. At night, beautiful variable coloured underwater LED lights illuminate the water below and, on the transom, the custom-made backlit name badge sparkles.
The bimini creates a real impression but Project Manager, Ainslie Hunt, describes the challenge that the bimini posed. ‘The custom made bimini was one of the project’s biggest challenges but one we are very proud of. Initially we were going to erect a canvas bimini but we ended up creating a fully customised moulded hardtop bimini complete with smart and modern seating for the flybridge. It really is one of a kind and creates real impact to the exterior look of the yacht’.
Inside, Beyond is stunning. The interior layout has largely been retained, but the owner’s clear vision and unique style is seen in the new white, high gloss finish of the wooden panels and fittings and in the splashes of vivid reds and oranges. The décor is classically retro and the 1970s feel is conveyed through the choice of interior furnishings from art to fabrics, including Gerald Laing pop art, gold edged furniture and bold geometric patterned carpets, cushions and wall panels. The team in charge of the renovation even fitted original 1970’s light fittings to complete the look, and care was taken to meticulously match every shade of colour to ensure a harmonious look throughout.
Despite the retro styling, the vessel is fitted out with all of the mod cons you’d expect including a modern galley with stainless steel fittings, a designer fridge, dishwasher and washing machine as well as air conditioning and LED lighting throughout. Most of the window frames and door fittings were able to be refurbished. Custom built Corian toilets and vanity units add an extra touch of luxury.
The project, which took over a year to complete, was a true collaboration between Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair and Beyond’s owner. HYSRR brought to bear all their in-house expertise and also worked with external specialists when needed. The team continuously referred to the owner’s exact specification for Beyond, with the ultimate aim of creating a luxurious and relaxing space for her owner to entertain friends, spend time with family and escape the rat race.
The end result is a testament to the passion, innovation and hard work of the team involved, whose skills and expertise were able to turn one owner’s vision into a reality. And Beyond is truly something to be proud of.
Following sea trials in the UK, Beyond will be berthed in the Mediterranean, where this unique Technema will take her place alongside superyachts and powerboats. The benefits of refitting a yacht using a trusted team, who are as committed to the project as you, instead of commissioning a new build are clear; from fitting the best onboard systems and state of the art technology and engineering, to choosing bespoke fabrics and customising fixtures and fittings. Yacht refit gives you the freedom to create a boat that is truly unique to you, fulfilling your wish list, and one that you can enjoy and cherish indefinitely. A yacht that is Beyond your wildest dreams.
Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair
Renowned for its comprehensive range of marine services and convenient location on the Solent, Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair caters for the refit and repair of vessels large and small and projects of every scale. The team has worked on some of the most prestigious yachts and motorboats in the world, as well as high profile race boats and round the world charter fleets. Its pricing policy and service levels make HYSRR a great place to base your boat for any work.
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