Captain David Burgess on Mary-Jean II's winter refit

24 November 2020

The turn of the weather would usually mark the dawn of the winter season where the charter fleet begin to make their annual migration across the Atlantic. This year, however, with the travel industry flung into disarray, some owners are choosing to stay put and enjoy the off-season offerings of the Mediterranean or using the window of opportunity to squeeze in a winter refit.

One yacht that took advantage of the downtime was the 61.7 metre ISA superyacht Mary-Jean II, which checked into Palumbo Superyachts Ancona for a few touch-ups ahead of the winter charter season. Captain David Burgess explains why Palumbo was the shipyard of choice.

"After our summer season in the Adriatic, we had some follow up work from our ten-year refit to complete and Ancona seemed like a good option for us," said Burgess.

Built by ISA Yachts, a brand of the Palumbo Superyachts, it was a no brainer for Mary-Jean II to return to her build yard in Ancona. "This enabled us to make some important upgrades to various onboard systems with the specialist knowledge of the technicians that installed them originally," he said.

As a popular charter option too, there was only a small window in which to complete the necessary work.

The main work carried out on board involved the recoating of a sewage tank which was identified as being a larger job than initially thought. "The team reacted quickly to set up a very thorough sandblasting operation. The protection and containment of the blast material was excellent and the final result of the airless spray coating application was superb," said Burgess. "The benefits of having the build technicians completing the work were clear to see."

"Our experience was very positive and in a very short space of time we achieved a great deal," said Burgess.

He added: "I would certainly recommend Palumbo Superyachts Ancona to any ISA-built yacht that may wish to make some upgrades or modifications on board. With the expertise and knowledge at hand, Palumbo will certainly be able to offer solutions that fit in with the build fabric of the yacht."