At a pivotal point between Europe and North America, the UK offers some of the world’s best refit possibilities.

Claire Young reports


  • Maximum length: 70m (230ft)
  • Maximum lift: 400t
  • Employees: 350

In 23 years, Pendennis has completed over 100 refit projects, and has grown to accommodate 60m plus (197ft) yachts due to the acquisition of Devonport Yachts — now Pendennis Plus. In 2011 Palma Refit was opened in Spain to improve the company’s European presence.

Pendennis provides clients with classification support, paint jobs, extensions, and structural and interior modifications. On-site facilities include purpose built workshops, two 75m (246ft) environmentally-controlled undercover dry docks for large-scale superyacht painting, and a 1,400m2 workshop complex designed to provide the perfect conditions for refitting yachts up to 70m (230ft).

“Our philosophy has always been to apply engineering expertise and a high level of finish with precise attention to detail to all levels of work,” says Christine Winans of Pendennis.

Pendennis Plus is currently refitting the world’s largest sloop-rigged sailing yacht, M5 (previously Mirabella V).


Solent Refit

  • Maximum length: 90m (295ft)
  • Maximum lift: 700t
  • Total refit area: 20,000m2

Solent Refit is an integrated refit and repair facility in Southampton, which incorporates 7,500m2 of undercover working areas and a railed slipway for boats up to 700t. For superyachts up to 90m (295ft), it provides 14 full service berths, deep water mooring, a 60m 1,500t parallel slipway and an open yard policy for contractors.

The extensive facilities are capable of hosting steel, alloy or composite projects, and a wide range of local suppliers exist with the skills to cover all aspects of survey, design, project management, supply and fit out.

Solent Refit undertakes repair and refit work, from survey to complete

re-design and re-construction of the whole yacht, and is strategically positioned at the heart of the Solent for short- and long-term projects.


Green Marine

  • Maximum length: 42m (138ft)
  • Total refit area: 6,000m²
  • Employees: 120

Founded in Southampton in 1982, Green Marine’s experienced design, engineering and project management teams provide structural composite redesign and repairs, performance optimization, and fairing and painting.

Four 38m x 11m (125ft x 36ft) extendable build boxes — which include a 120ºC oven, spray booth, air filtration and temperature control — provide an optimum environment for the various stages of a refit project. Other facilities include a component shop with autoclave and four ovens, 6,000m² of work space, two 45m (148ft) extendable build bays, Proline 3D surface scanning, and CNC facilities to produce new structures for superyacht modification.



Burgess Marine

  • Maximum length: 90m (295ft)
  • Maximum lift: 1,000t
  • Employees/contractors: 40/150

Trading since the 1970s, Burgess Marine has premises in Dover, Portsmouth, Southampton and Poole, which provide highly skilled teams of engineers, capable of carrying out planned refits and emergency works worldwide.

Since 2001, the company has been the Port of Cherbourg’s primary engineering partner in respect of the Rolls-Royce Syncrolift facility in Cherbourg, France, which caters for vessels over 90m (295ft), and offers a 4,500t lift capacity.

Burgess Marine’s latest superyacht refit is 64m (210ft) Shemera, which joined the Portsmouth yard in January to begin a three-year refit programme.

“This project is a once in a lifetime challenge, a unique opportunity, and a significant step forward for both Burgess Marine and independent superyacht refit works here in the UK,” says Nicholas Warren, managing director of Burgess Marine. “It’s a very exciting prospect.”


Southampton Yacht Services

  • Maximum length: 43m (141ft)
  • Maximum lift: 200t
  • Total refit area: 1,900m2

Formed in 1980, Southampton Yacht Services (SYS) offers a comprehensive range of refit options. Over the last 10 years SYS has become involved in fitting- out yachts for Oyster Marine, and in December 2000 it became part of the Oyster Group, concentrating on building the larger yachts in the range.

Facilities include a 200t travel hoist and two purpose-built build halls, one of which is capable of taking up to five 26m (82ft) superyachts in a controlled environment, served by two overhead gantry cranes and walkways, while the second hall is for yachts up to 40m. Three further buildings housing a saw mill, joinery, finishing shops and a design office.

Past projects include the total rebuild of the 42m (137ft) J-Class Velsheda, and the refit and restoration of classic sailing and motoryachts such as Altair, Thendara, Ticonderoga, and Belle Aventure.


Endeavour Quay

  • Maximum length: 40m (131ft)
  • Maximum lift: 180t
  • Total boat shed area: 2,000m2

From its Portsmouth location, Endeavour Quay provides comprehensive new build, refit, storage, maintenance and repair services for vessels up to 40m (131ft), or 180t. Facilities include approximately 3,000m2 of concrete hardstanding, three 2,000m2 fully serviced boat sheds, each with overhead cranes, and an open yard policy that enables yacht owners and skippers to commission work to their preferred contractors.

“With its Camper & Nicholsons heritage,   and the help of Superyacht UK, our facility now has the opportunity to reach out to markets, both here and abroad,” said  manager of Endeavour Quay, Tim Newell, when the yard became a member of the British trade association in March 2012.

Holland Jachtbouw’s newest J Class superyacht, Rainbow, will be based at Endeavour Quay throughout the summer whilst the crew prepares her for the season’s UK regattas.

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