Can a refit really exceed the quality of the original? When a yacht emerges from AMELS’ climate-controlled, state-of-the-art refit dry-dock and adjoining work facilities, at the very minimum she will be as good as new in quality, performance, comfort, and value. Indeed, she is likely to be better than new and have enhanced value after the level of care and attention to detail invested by AMELS’ experts.
Our refit facilities are the envy of the yachting industry, because our Refit Department is equipped and organised specifically to meet the exacting standards of our own brand, with experts trained in the ART of yacht re-building. The AMELS Refit Department is prepared to restore a yacht to better-than-new condition and in so doing, increase her value and extend her operating life.
When an owner asks AMELS to upgrade a yacht and make it better than new, we recommend inviting the designers who first shaped the yacht to apply their imaginations and oversee the refit. It all starts with the stylists’ sketches, which our in-house designers and engineers then turn into hard-edged specifications and work schedules.
With more than 70 engineers working at the AMELS yard, we are unmatched for in-house expertise, with specialists in naval architecture, construction, technical installation of air conditioning, sewage systems, audio-visual, and so on. We have built up solid relationships with all the major classification societies, including Lloyds Register, Germanischer Lloyd and the American Bureau of Shipping. This means your refit stands the best possible chance of receiving 100% approval.
Redesigning the interior gives you the opportunity to bring a fresh look and feel to a yacht, to regenerate the living spaces using the latest ideas in styling and materials. Thanks to our close relationships with the best interior builders in the world, we can handle the most complex interiors, and do a lot pre-manufacture work to save time in what could be a tightly-scheduled refit programme.
AMELS’ refit experts will see that a yacht’s exterior form is upgraded or re-created to perfection. They will refurbish or replace other exterior items such as stainless-steel railings, teak decks, anchoring systems, mooring gear, antenna masts, built-in deck furniture, pools and jacuzzis, passerelles, and tender-stowing systems. It is the refinement of every single detail that makes the difference between an AMELS refit and one done by a less-conscientious shipyard.
The 320 micron layer of topcoat paint is often the aspect by which a yacht is first judged. A good painter needs time and space to create the perfect finish, but isn’t always permitted the opportunity for this within a tight refit schedule. At AMELS, however, we go into the scheduling in great detail right at the the beginning of the project. This ensures the painters are given the optimum conditions to create the highest-quality of finish, for which AMELS yachts are renowned.
A refit affords a rare opportunity to upgrade to the very latest technology, introducing systems that bring you more comfort and more pleasure on board. Changing systems can also be complicated, however, with parts of the yacht possibly requiring additional strength or a reconfiguration of the interior. We do structural re-design and systems re-engineering in-house, to maintain control over the process, quality, and key subcontractors. It is this sort of technical thoroughness that assures AMELS refit clients the seaworthiness, safety, comfort, and class approval they expect.
A major refit may involve critical work on steel and alloy structural components. Our refit team includes masters certified in all types of welding, on all variations of steel and aluminium alloy. It is this crucial expertise that encourages owners and captains to choose AMELS to perform hull and superstructure lengthening, where strength and integrity are vital to safety, as well as approval by the world’s leading classification societies.
A refit affords the ideal moment to upgrade a yacht’s bridge with the latest advances in navigation and communications systems. It’s also the perfect time to install the latest audiovisual systems - individualised environmental controls, Internet and Wi-Fi networks, satellite TV and radio hook-ups. AMELS is ready to electrically and electronically update a yacht, through our trusted network of specialist subcontractors who design and install systems.