Two of the largest sailing yachts in the world, Athena and Eos, have been lined up to undergo extensive refits at Royal Huisman’s refit division Huisfit.
The Dutch yard will carry out both refits at its deep seawater facility, which are expected to last several months over the winter season.
90-metre (295-foot) three-master schooner Athena, which was built by Royal Huisman in 2004 and is currently listed for sale, has arrived at the refit unit in the Netherlands ahead of her works.
After being utilised extensively for world cruising voyages, the Dykstra Naval Architects and Pieter Beeldsnijder-designed yacht will undergo an overhaul of the main engines and gensets, and a full service of the rigging.
The hull, superstructure and rig will be repainted and the teak on the main and bridge decks will be replaced. Elsewhere, various board systems and piping will be updated.
93-metre (305-foot) Lürssen schooner Eos, which was delivered in 2006, has been scheduled for a 2018-19 refit programme, which will feature a major overhaul of the MTU 4000 series main engines and a rebuild of all three gensets.
The shift lines, gearboxes, thrusters and stabilisers will all be replaced and serviced, while the rudder and rudder motor will also be given a full service.
The hull, superstructures and rig will be repainted and varnished, and the tank arrangement will be reorganised. A number of on-board systems will be serviced, including the watermaker, treatment unit, bilge and fuel separators.
Bert Tromp, sales manager at Royal Huisman, noted that the yard is “particularly pleased that this announcement concerns two of the world’s largest and most prestigious sailing yachts – both of them long term Huisfit clients”.
He continued, “Not only that, but we will have the privilege of working on the world’s 5th and 6th largest sailing yachts at the same time, which is quite an accolade for Huisfit.”
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