Launched in 2011, "Air" is an 81m Feadship motoryacht featuring a black matte paint. In October last year, Monaco Marine was entrusted with the complete repaint of its exclusive hull colour.

Motoryacht Air

The 81m Feadship motoryacht is ready to charter again. Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Refit yard Monaco Marine has completed the repaint of the rare black matte hull of motoryacht Air. The company says the success of this repaint is the direct result of the thorough planning by the teams of Air, paint company Rolling Stock and Monaco Marine La Ciotat.

Launched in 2011, Air is an 81m Feadship motoryacht featuring a black matt paint. In October last year, Monaco Marine was entrusted with the complete repaint of its exclusive hull colour.

Monaco Marine team was led by Cyprien Milhe and Greg Isett on the project side and Nicolas Genelot on the commercial side. Planned for nine weeks of work, the project was delivered one week before schedule.

Careful planning

Repaint of black matt hull of Air

Planned for nine weeks of work, the project was delivered one week before schedule. Photo by Guillaume Plisson

To prepare for the arrival of the vessel, the logistic team of Monaco Marine had set up a made-to-measure transformation cocoon. Air was hauled out of water on October 3 at Monaco Marine shipyard in La Ciotat.

“Black matte paint is a very delicate paint. It requires a careful preparation of the paint and coatings, as well as a continuous application to render the rare non-reflective and soft texture appearance. The previous paint must not interfere with the new paint coat,” explains Cyprien Milhe.

The vessel entered the cocoon for nine weeks of works, including the external repaint. The paint of the 1000sq m surface was made in one go by 25 prepared painters from Rolling Stock, in a climate-controlled environment set up by Monaco Marine.

“Positive collaboration with all stakeholders, experience and a shared passion for challenges make the difference! We proved it once again when we delivered a week ahead of the completion date,” Milhe adds.

Air was back on the water on December 2 and departed the shipyard on December 9. She is ready to charter again.

Air is very unique. Its hull colour defines this boat and we all held our breath during the repaint. We were stunned about the perfect finish. That the yacht could be ready before the set date was even more satisfying,” captain Steve Warren concludes.