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NORDHAVN 120’ “AURORA” WITH CUSTOM YACHT INTERIOR DESIGNED BY DESTRY DARR DESIGNS

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Nordhavn 120’ “Aurora” Dining Salon

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Nordhavn 120’ “Aurora” Main Salon

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Nordhavn 120’ “Aurora” Master Stateroom

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THE WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS 2014 WELCOME COCKTAIL RECEPTION…The weekend began at the impressive Dutch Renaissance Westerkerk, hosted by Embraer Executive Jets and the World Superyachts Awards Event Partners. The venue is famed for its historic influence on the lives of iconic Dutch figures.

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Rodney Pethtel and Destry Darr Pethtel of Destry Darr Designs

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Trever Smith of Nordhavn, Destry Darr Pethtel of Destry Darr Designs and Jeff Leishman of Nordhavn

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Rodney Pethtel of Destry Darr Designs, Trever Smith and Jeff Leishman of Nordhavn

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Nancy Leishman, Kari Smith and Destry Darr Pethtel of Destry Darr Designs

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WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS GALA EVENING…Hosted at the historic National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, yacht owners and the cream of the superyacht world gather in this beautiful waterfront venue for an unforgettable evening to celebrate the finest superyachts delivered in 2013. The World Superyacht Awards are the most coveted trophies in the superyacht industry, dubbed the “Oscars” of the superyacht world.

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The Saloon boat trip to the museum.

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Destry Darr Pethtel and Rodney Pethtel of Destry Darr Designs

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Jeff Leishman of Nordhavn and Destry Darr Pethtel of Destry Darr Designs

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Trever & Kari Smith, Jeff & Nancy Leishman of Nordhavn

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Trever Smith and Jeff Leishman of Nordhavn and Rodney Pethtel of Destry Darr Designs

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Destry Darr Pethtel of Destry Darr Designs, Kari Smith & Nancy Leishman

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Destry Darr Pethtel of Destry Darr Designs & Dick Van Lent of Feadship

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Marilyn Mower of Boat International and Destry Darr Pethtel of Destry Darr Designs

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86’ Outer Reef “Ti Punch”…Cocktails on the Aft Deck
#Outerreef86 #tipunch #destrydarrdesigns

Destry Darr Designs is proud to announce that the 120’ Nordhavn “Aurora” has been selected as a finalist for the three prestigious awards.  She will be competing for best new displacement motor yacht in the under 500 GT category at the World Superyacht Awards in Amsterdam on May 3, 2014.  In addition to the World Superyacht Awards, she is up for best overall design and exterior styling by Jeff Leishman, PAE’s Chief of Design, and his team, as well as for Best Interior Design by Destry Darr Designs at the International Yacht and Aviation Awards in London on May 9th, 2014.  We have worked long and hard on this custom yacht interior and are honored to be a part of this prestigious event! Many thanks to the Owners and the talented group at Nordhavn, Destry Darr Designs and all involved for assisting to create such a magnificent vessel!

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After many, many hours of designing the layout and custom cabinetry for the new Nordhavn 120’ “Aurora” and working along side Nordhavn through the construction of the first hull of their future queen ship, the decision was made to complete the outfitting at the South Coast factory in China. We immediately started preparing and packing the bedding, throw pillows, provisions, art, accessories, carpet and loose furniture to be shipped. Following are photos of our preparation and packing.  Soon to come photos of the outfitting in China…

PACKING AT DESTRY DARR DESIGNS OFFICE & WAREHOUSE

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FURNITURE BEING FINALIZED AND WRAPPED

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PACKING THE CONTAINER

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Sign up here to receive alerts & follow along with the delivery crew by way of a special website section being set up on nordhavn.com which will include daily onboard commentary, statistics, photos, tracking and even a q & a with the crew. 

RODNEY, MICHELLE, JOE, JOSH, BILL, SUSAN, BOB, JAY, MIKE…THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS POSSIBLE!

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The Ocean Alexander 90 is as much about details as it is about creating a total look. The custom yacht interior design by Destry Darr Designs exemplifies an eye for creating spaces that are livable, sophisticated and above all, timeless. The comfort, style, elegance and craftsmanship truly make the Ocean Alexander 90 one of life’s finest pleasures.

The new Nordhavn 120 is moving closer towards her completion date at the end of this summer.  Work continues on the first hull of the future queenship of the Nordhavn line.  The latest photos reveal the progress on the custom yacht interior designed by Destry Darr Designs.  Even in its unfinished condition the boat is impressive.

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Work continues on the new contemporary Outer Reef 86’ “Ti Punch”.  As her completion date approaches, the latest photos taken by Captain Werner Duerr and Mike Carlson of 26 North Yachts on their Asian Factory tour reveal the progress on the custom yacht interior designed by Destry Darr Designs.

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Main Salon Rendering

From the Aft Deck, a large stainless steel framed glass door leads into the Main Salon which is surrounded by high gloss walnut set beneath a custom designed overhead soffit of walnut and high gloss acrylic laminate.

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Main Salon Bar Photo

The Main Salon bar is detailed with strips of ribbed aluminum.

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Main Salon Mullion & Sconce Photo

The Main Salon window mullions are detailed with a horizontal and vertical high gloss grain pattern and high quality contemporary sconces.

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Main Salon Cocktail Table Rendering

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Main Salon Cocktail Table Photo

The high gloss walnut grain pattern and ribbed aluminum detailing is repeated in the custom built cocktail table which includes a leather top insert specifically requested by the owner.

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Main Salon Rendering

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Main Salon Photo

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Galley / Pilot House Hi-Lo Wall Photo

This Hi-Lo wall divides the Galley from the Pilot House and features a decorative wave pattern in a metal like finish.

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Day Head Photo

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Pilot House Stair Handrail Photo

Stair handrail in satin and polished chrome.

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Lower Foyer Photo

The Lower Foyer features ribbed aluminum detail in strips between horizontal panels of high gloss beech with high gloss walnut doors and accents.

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Master Stateroom Rendering

Horizontal panels of material soften some of the walls throughout the lower deck staterooms and feature high gloss beech with walnut accents.

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Master Stateroom Photo

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Master Stateroom Photo

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Master Stateroom Detail Photo

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Master Stateroom Rendering

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Master Stateroom Photo

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Master Stateroom Photo

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Master Stateroom Bed Detail Rendering

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Master Stateroom Bed Detail Photo

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Master Head Photo

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Master Head Photo

The Master Ensuite Head has a double sink with contemporary high gloss finish acrylic laminate cabinetry and stone floors and counter tops.

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Forward VIP Stateroom

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Forward VIP Stateroom

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Forward VIP Head

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Port Guest Stateroom Photo

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Port Guest Stateroom Photo

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Port Guest Stateroom Photo

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Starboard Guest Stateroom

The joint effort of a yacht sold and managed by 26 North Yachts, built by Outer Reef, with an interior Designed by Destry Darr Designs will be unlike any other Outer Reef to date.  Stay tuned for more progress photos as the final outfitting takes place this summer 2013!

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The new Nordhavn 120 is moving closer towards her completion date at the end of this summer.  Work continues on the first hull of the future queenship of the Nordhavn line.  The latest photos reveal the progress on various interior areas of the yacht.  Even in its unfinished condition the boat is impressive.

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Sky Lounge Progress Photo

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Sky Lounge Progress Photo

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Sky Lounge Rendering

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Upper Deck Day Head Progress Photo

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Main Salon Progress Photo

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Main Salon Progress Photo

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Main Salon Rendering

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Dining Salon Progress Photo

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Dining Salon Progress Photo

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Dining Salon Rendering

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Main Deck Day Head Progress Photo

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Main Deck Day Head Progress Photo

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Master Stateroom Progress Photo

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Master Stateroom Rendering

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Master Stateroom Progress Photo

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Master Stateroom Rendering

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Master Stateroom Progress Photo

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Master Head Progress Photo

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Master Head Progress Photo

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Master Head Rendering

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King Stateroom Progress Photo

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King Stateroom Rendering

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King Stateroom Progress Photo

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King Stateroom Rendering

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Port King Head Progress Photo

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Port King Head Progress Photo

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King Head Rendering

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Starboard King Head Progress Photo

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Starboard King Head Progress Photo

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Aft Queen Stateroom Progress Photo

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Aft Queen Stateroom Progress Photo

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Aft Queen Stateroom Progress Photo

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Aft Twin Stateroom Progress Photo

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Pilot House Progress Photo

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Crew Lounge Progress Photo

The collaboration of a yacht built by Nordhavn with an interior designed by Destry Darr Designs is nothing but exceptional!  Stay tuned for more progress photos as the final outfitting takes place this summer 2013!

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Destry Darr Designs is currently designing a contemporary interior for the 86’ Outer Reef trawler style vessel, “Ti-Punch”. Our Clients desired a more modern interior design and layout that would suit their lifestyle while maintaining the traditional exterior of the trawler style vessel. They demanded a boat that offered everything they would require to navigate oceans comfortably and safely but with flair.  They wanted to be ready to go any time, anywhere.

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From the moment we met our Clients, they challenged us to do something different.  From the Aft Deck a large stainless steel framed glass door will lead into the Main Salon which will be surrounded by high gloss walnut set beneath a custom designed overhead soffit of walnut and high gloss laminate. The cabinet doors and window mullions will be detailed with a horizontal and vertical grain pattern while the bar is detailed with strips of ribbed aluminum.  This grain pattern and ribbed aluminum detailing will be repeated in the custom built cocktail table which will include a leather top insert specifically requested by the Owner.  There will be a sofa on the starboard side opposite a large L shaped sofa on the port side.  The Owner is investing in quality ceiling light fixtures and sconces which will add to the contemporary look and value of the boat.

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Forward in the Galley there is a high-low wall which divides the Galley from the Pilot House.  This wall will feature a decorative wave pattern in a metal like finish and the Galley cabinets will be done in a contemporary gloss finish acrylic laminate.

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The ribbed aluminum detail will be repeated in the Lower Foyer in strips between horizontal panels of high gloss beech with accents of high gloss walnut.  Horizontal panels of material soften some of the walls throughout the Lower Deck Staterooms. There are four staterooms on the Lower Deck with the Master amidships, a Queen VIP forward and Double & Twin Staterooms between.  

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The full beam Master Suite is a stylish environment designed for luxury.  This suite features high gloss beech with walnut accents, a sitting area and walk in closet.  The Master Ensuite Head has a double sink, contemporary high gloss laminate cabinetry with stone floors and counter tops.

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Our recent trip to the factory to check on the progress of the construction and select stone slabs was very successful.

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Our Client’s 86’ Outer Reef “Ti Punch” will offer them a practical seaworthy vessel complimented by an interior with style, comfort, and amenities.

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Some yacht buyers are interested in customizing a yacht, but are unwilling to wait several years or pay the financial premiums that come with building a new custom yacht.  If this is the case, an ideal solution would be a brokerage yacht that is purchased with a refit in mind.  A yacht refit can give an existing vessel an entirely new identity more expeditiously and be more cost effective.  Great value can be achieved from successfully refitting an existing yacht to the buyer’s personal tastes and requirements.  Be it from the outset of ownership or during, a refitted yacht can exponentially add to the yachts aesthetic value, the buyer’s on board experience, as well as to the safety of their family and crew.  The key to successfully refitting a yacht is the effective planning and correct execution of the plan.  The key players are the designer and captain who execute the plan; the designer making interior decisions and the captain making mechanical decisions, and the owner that approves the financial and time implications.  Purchasing a yacht with refit in mind requires a different set of criteria than purchasing a brokerage yacht for immediate use.  In some cases, a yacht that seems undesirable as-is can become a wonderful value as a refit prospect.

Yacht refit options range from minimal to massive.  One of the first steps is to determine what type of refit the vessel requires. Does the  yacht require a major refit, or “gut-n-chuck”? A “gut-n-chuck” consists of upgrades and repairs to the vessels mechanical and electrical systems, lighting, audio visual, plumbing, overheads, space planning, built in furnishings, mill work, solid surfaces, appliances, hardware, loose furniture, upholstery, window treatments carpet, wall paper, plus all of the soft goods, art and accessories.  Or does the vessel require a minor refit, or “fluff-n-puff”?  A “fluff-n-puff” includes fabrication and installation of soft goods such as bedding, upholstery, window treatments, carpet, wall paper, headliner, loose furniture, art and accessories.

Sometimes an Owner, Owner’s Representative or Yacht Broker will request that a Designer “fluff-n-puff” the interior of a yacht to assist with the sale.  This was the case with the 209’ Royal Denship “Turmoil” that we completed just in time for the 2012 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

Just about anything is possible with a super yacht refit, allowing total customization within the yacht’s hull structure, as the Owner acknowledges their budget and is honest with their team, the Designer and Captain.  The budget should be realistic and contain a contingency for unforeseen conditions.  Some Owners are reluctant to divulge the actual budget to the designer.  Realistic budgets can work to an Owner’s advantage.  Setting a realistic budget will help an owner keep track of where their money is going and what it is going toward. The Designer would not want to give the Owner a Cadillac if they had a Bentley in mind or the other way around. The Owner must discuss the budget with the Designer and the Captain and determine how much money should be allotted for things such as the interior, paint, generators, etc.   A wish list should be created and future Owners and charter guests should always be factored in to maintain the yacht’s value.  All of the experts on the team must be on the same page to determine if everything desired will fit into the budget.

Acknowledge labor costs which will always exceed materials. It is what you don’t see that can cause unexpected budgetary issues.  To keep costs from creeping up during a refit quickly identify any additional costs or delays and report them.  Every little change on a refit affects something else.  Almost anything can be done, it just may cost more time and money.  You may want to move beds but often beds are used for concealing many different things from structural stringers and floor line to HVAC, plumbing, wiring, and even fuel tanks. 

To be in yachting, you’ve got to love it AND be a little crazy.  Murphy’s Law was written for yacht refits.  If it can break, crack, slip, fall off, tear or just plain wear out, it will on a yacht whether an owner has numerous refit experiences, or is planning their first.  Keeping this thought in mind throughout the refit process will help to keep some perspective on the project.

Something as simple as replacing wall material can be a major project when it is not known how the material was originally installed, how difficult it will be to remove or just how much prep work will be involved.  On the 97’ Hargrave, “Forever Young”, the wall material throughout the entire yacht was pulling away from the walls giving it a bubbled look.  There was no way to know until we started removing the wall panels how much labor would be involved. In some areas the panels were able to be removed in one piece and in others the panels came apart in many pieces pulling off parts of the wall along with them.  The walls had to be patched and door skin applied and sanded in the areas where wall paper would be applied.  In the areas where upholstered panels would be reapplied, the walls had to be patched and sanded and panels repaired if necessary, upholstered and re-installed.

Changing out headliner can make one of the biggest impacts because it is the largest surface area. It can brighten up the room and give reflection.  While changing headliner, it is a good time to also change lighting and wiring for audio visual. Plan on changing all of the headliner in an entire room and not just a portion of the room because the color and texture of the headliner will be impossible to match as the color will have changed due to age and sunlight damage.  If furniture that touches the ceiling is being removed, the new furniture must be designed with the same ceiling footprint as the original furniture or furniture with a new soffit larger than the footprint of the original furniture can be designed to avoid changing the headliner if that is not in the plan.

On the 97’ Hargrave, “Forever Young” the Dining Salon forward cabinet was removed and the wall was re-veneered and finished to match the existing cabinetry.  All of the overhead lighting was changed to LED but changing the headliner was not in the budget so it was necessary for us to create a soffit above the new forward cabinet where the old was removed in an effort to save the headliner.

This Owner-driven yacht interior design refit was to refresh our Client’s “new” yacht so he and his family would enjoy spending time aboard and pursue their passion of yachting.  In addition to family-driven requirements, the owner placed limits on the interior refit budget.  Even when budget is of primary consideration, an Owner’s objectives can be achieved through effective collaboration and a solid scope of service established at the outset of a refit project.  Throughout the yacht the interior has been updated with brand new carpet and wall coverings, window treatments and bedding to create a fresh, inviting feel.  The Main and Dining Salon was remodeled with all new custom furniture and updated entertainment system including new cabinetry housing the hi-lo television and a/v components.  The entertainment system and cabinetry housing them in the Master & Guest accommodations were also upgraded.  The Galley received all new appliances, granite tabletop and upholstery and the Lower Foyer was updated with a new stone floor.  The overhead lighting throughout has been changed to nickel finish LED fixtures and the pendant fixtures, sconces and cabinet hardware have been changed to nickel finish. Thanks to a passionate owner, a refit has breathed new life into this 97’ Hargrave and it is “Forever Young” again! 

Compromise should be an accepted word in the refit vocabulary. An owner should be aware of initially over extending the budget because if they are not planning on keeping the yacht a long time, care should be taken not to put so much into it that cannot be somewhat realized upon resale.  Every yacht has a maximum value.    Some yachts may require too much to bring it up to the owners expectations, both mechanically and aesthetically and perhaps may not be the right yacht to purchase in the first place. With an ample resale market like we have now there are many options from which to choose. Are you ready for a refit?

Thank you so much for reading “Ready for a Refit?”.  We would love to hear your positive feedback!

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