Published: Friday, 11 July 2014

New Zealand superyacht new build and refit yard Yachting Developments has completed a major refit on the 27.5-metre Nautor’s Swan 90 Spirit.

Yachting Developments Completes Swan 90 Major Refit 

Spirit’s owner chose Yachting Developments because of its historic refit workbook, which includes the 18-month refit on the J-Class Endeavour, which picked up the prestigious World Superyacht Award for Best Refitted Yacht. After visiting the yard and meeting Managing Director Ian Cook, the owner commissioned the yard to undertake the project.

Yachting Developments Completes Swan 90 Major Refit 1

Over the course of the year-long refit, work included the removal of the aft deck and cockpit and a new cockpit seating arrangement under a semi-fixed bimini plus the addition of twin wheels in place of the original single wheel. A new, larger, owner's cabin was installed aft, and accommodation on board increased with the addition of a new guest cabin in the forward sail stow area. All interior spaces were improved and reworked, with a light overall palette and furnishings. 

Yachting Developments Completes Swan 90 Major Refit 3 

A complete rewiring, the addition of a twin generator, a full repaint and brand new sails completed the picture. Skilful use of composite meant the refit took 5 tonnes off the overall weight of the yacht, giving her extra speed and manoeuvrability when underway.

Yachting Developments Completes Swan 90 Major Refit 2 

“The key concepts for the refit were to gain a more modern look, while retaining her strong sea-going capability, reputation for build quality and safety, and good cruising performance,” says the owner. “The modern look was about modifying the rig to be manageable by a family, to provide large open and al fresco living in the cockpit area and to upgrade all the cabin and living spaces with today’s finishes. We wanted large windows in the main cabin, a lighter and brighter feel throughout and a cleaner finish. All this was achieved.”

Yachting Developments Completes Swan 90 Major Refit 4 

“We are delighted to have such a happy customer and are all very proud of the end result,” says Cook.