"Blue Attraction", a 37m yacht built by Amels, is at the yard for extensive modifications. She is undergoing major superstructure changes, a new stern door and foredeck alternations. She will also be having a paint job at the newly created in-house paint facility.

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A new in-house paint shop is now in operation at Solent Refit, a superyacht refit yard located on the south coast of England. The new facility provides a range of services including jet washing, anti-fouling, corrosion control, painting of equipment and component parts, complete exterior filling, fairing and painting. This is all carried out in a clean working environment that is temperature and humidity controlled.

Ed Dacre heads up the paint shop. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience spanning a 20-year career in the specialist paint industry both in the maritime and aeronautic sectors.

“Dacre has put together a top-class team of painters to offer an exceptional service. Ed has painted some of the most prestigious superyachts in the world and the Whitbread and Volvo Ocean race boats,” reads a company statement.

Solent Refit says other external paint companies continue to be welcome to conduct their work at the yard.

Current projects

Blue Attraction

Blue Attraction, a 37m yacht built by Amels, is at the yard for extensive modifications

Blue Attraction, a 37m yacht built by Amels, is at the yard for extensive modifications. She is undergoing major superstructure changes, a new stern door and foredeck alternations. She will also be having a paint job at the newly created in-house paint facility.

In addition, Solent Refit will commence the high specification new-build of a houseboat Barge during 2017.

Positive outlook

Solent Refit reported an increase in business during 2016. Managing director Allan Foot told SB that with more enquiries and new business this year is also looking good.

“I feel that this is mainly due to the excellent and comprehensive facilities we offer and more yacht owners, brokers, management companies and captains becoming aware of Solent Refit. It is also due to the fact that the UK now offers a real alternative for yacht refit with high quality British craftsmanship and all at favourable rates, further enhanced by the current exchange rates,” he concludes.

Having secured a 30-year lease of the yard during 2016, Solent Refit has put a continuous improvement plan in place as part of its long term strategy.