Comprehensive refits in our Q3 refit report
The team has been hard at work with a refit on a 50 metre Heesen, which is a repeat visitor to the yard, and which has taken advantage of the ability to haul out in central Auckland using Orams Marine’s 820 tonne travel lift.
At the same time, the onsite rigging and engineering teams have been kept busy. They’ve been putting their skill for securing the best performance and stability from rigging to good use, as they stepped the 60 metre mast of a 44.7 metre Vitters yacht, with the engineering prowess and rigging finesse needed to get the best performance and stability from the vessel. Elsewhere in the yard, Orams Marine’s 50 metre shed is playing host to a sizeable transom extension which will see a large motoryacht emerge larger still, ready for a long summer on the water. Working with a range of specialties within Orams Marine’s yard, including engineering, fabrication, boat building, painting, the machine shop, project management, and drawing on Orams’ refit expertise, the transformative effect of a transom extension is a challenge the Orams Marine team always enjoys bringing to life.
Close by, 32 metre charter yacht, Pacific Mermaid, is undergoing engineering upgrades and survey work to ensure another successful season. With a reputation as one of Auckland’s favourite charter vessels, Orams Marine’s central Auckland location allows Pacific Mermaid to visit the yard for work and upgrades to keep her performing to her best, while minimising downtime. Adjacent to her, 72 ft Antares II has joined us to undergo a full topside repaint and survey work before the start of the southern hemisphere summer.
A regional first
The Orams Marine team has recently completed the repaint of a 40 metre yacht, with Awlgrip’s new HDT (High Definition Technology) paint. As the first application of the product to a superyacht in the region, Orams Marine chose Awlgrip’s HDT for its high level of gloss and micro scratch resistance.
The product was applied under tented conditions, resulting in a finish which shows superb gloss, with colours which appear true and well-matched. With the yacht now cruising the Pacific, Orams Marine is looking forward to seeing the seascape reflections this paint provides, as she moves through some of the most beautiful cruising grounds on earth.
60 metre superyacht buildings
Paint is a hot topic at the moment at Orams Marine, with two 60 metre superyacht buildings nearing completion in the yard. Designed to provide a controlled environment for an excellent end result, the superyacht buildings also protect the wider natural world by containing materials used during application. The two 60 metre superyacht buildings accommodate an 820 tonne travel lift which was added to the yard last year as part of a multimillion dollar expansion, adding capacity to Orams Marine’s 600 tonne slipway and existing travel lifts. New additions also included two extra travel lifts with an expanded hardstand, hardstand water management system, and six new 90 metre marina berths.
Regional refit forecast
Forward bookings are strong for refit in the region, and we recommend those interested in cruising the South Pacific get in touch early. Orams Marine’s team is able to advise on cruising through the Pacific, clearance, visas, support, and when to schedule your refit to take best advantage of the cruising seasons across the region. Orams Marine’s Craig Park will be at the Monaco Yacht Show, and the Antigua Charter Show, and will welcome the opportunity to meet with yachts to discuss future refit requirements, and cruising this part of the world.
Meet our Managing Director Craig Park at the Monaco Yacht Show, for expert advice on the South Pacific
Orams Marine’s operations manager, Richard Low translated his successful career onboard yachts into a role within the Auckland refit yard. Now enjoying his thriving work life on-land, he describes how his crew experience gave insight into streamlining the refit process and shares his tips on making a successful move ashore.