The sailing superyacht underwent a complete mechanical upgrade which include the replacing the PLC system. The 55m ketch launched by Vitters in 2005 is the first yacht to enter the extended refit hall last winter-season since Huisfit increase its capacity and that of the neighbouring climate-controlled paint hall.

Photo by Priska van der Meulen

Photo by Priska van der Meulen

Adèle, the 55m (180ft) ketch launched by Vitters in 2005, has left Royal Huisman following an extensive refit-programme by Huisfit, the shipyard’s division for superyacht refit, repair and renewal.

The sailing superyacht underwent a complete mechanical upgrade (as well as replacing the PLC system), which necessitated removing the entire engine room.

Commenting on the refit work, Huisfit says: “The work list invariably expands during a typical refit project as unforeseen issues are uncovered and improvements can be made. This led for example to replacing all the main engine and generator exhaust hoses with extra-tough Glass Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) piping which is also Royal Huisman’s standard choice for new builds.”

Other items on the work list included:

  • Service and complete overhaul of propulsion, generators, thrusters and other onboard systems
  • Climate control upgrade, incl. new chiller, fancoils and ducting
  • Replacement of batteries
  • Exchanging existent lighting system to LEDs
  • Upgrade and replacement of electronics for navigation, communication, alarm & monitoring
  • Touch-ups and repairs of the interior
  • New teak deck and partial replacement of the caprails
  • Servicing of hatches, winches and various deck equipment
  • Painting of the inside of the hull and parts of the interior
  • Repaint and varnish of the hull, superstructures and rig

The yacht has started an expedition to the Arctic, cruising Svalbard and Norway, after which she will be returning to Holland for a quick visit before continuing her journey to Central America, the Panama Canal, the South Pacific and beyond.

Photo by Priska van der Meulen

Photo by Priska van der Meulen

Adèle was the first yacht to enter the extended refit hall last winter-season since Huisfit increase its capacity and that of the neighbouring climate-controlled paint hall.

Huisfit says these extensions improved the workflow between construction and finish of yachts up to 90m (300ft) in one hall, 60m (200ft) in the other. Together with the existing two halls the yard is now able to work on multiple yachts in parallel.

Both paint halls are fitted with high-intensity lighting, air-flow, temperature- and humidity-controls exceeding the stringent requirements of all the major paint manufacturers.

In addition to Adèle, Huisfit recently completed a refit programme on Samurai (ex Mari-Cha -IV). She was delivered a few months ago after a radical transformation from stripped-down racing machine into a high performance luxury superyacht – “the biggest composite conversion of its kind ever undertaken”, Huisfit claims.