Want to know exactly how much a superyacht refit costs? Daan Balk, CEO of Balk Shipyard, and Fortunato Di Marco, sales manager of Lusben, explain what goes into four of the most common refit requests and how much they will cost a superyacht owner.*
Repainting a hull
A new paint job might seem straightforward enough, but owners are often surprised by how quickly costs can escalate. “Painting is 70 per cent preparation – fairing, sanding and treating corrosion – but it’s absolutely worth doing a proper job,” Balk says. “If you take care with all that, your paint will last much longer.”
And don’t forget that before any painting can happen, “you have to take off all the hardware, stainless-steel railings, hand grips, grids and doors, and the caulking will need to be cut away and window seals removed”, Balk says. “There are some cases of ‘scratch and shoot’ but in general there’s a lot of additional work that people don’t realise – plus the cost of having the boat in a shed with heating, lighting and extractors.”
*All costs are estimates, based on a 60-metre yacht in fairly good condition. Image courtesy of Billy Black.