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We recently completed emergency storm damage repairs to the Norwegian Royal Yacht KS Norge whilst she was at anchor in Cowes Roads during the RYS Bicentenary regatta - all without affecting the King onboard!

Emergency repairs to  Norwegian Royal Yacht

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Classic Superyacht MY Alicia at Solent Refit

We are pleased that Shemara Refit LLP have chosen to be at Solent Refit for part of the rebuild of the classic MY Alicia - being restored back to her original classic design

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Emergency haul, repair and refit for Dutch Barge

We were recommended by a former client and were able to act quickly and responded immediately when a Dutch barge with extensive fire damage needed to be hauled. She was put into one of our refit halls where her refit is now well underway.


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Solent Refit Limited, Company Registration Number: 07156497 Registered in England and Wales Registered Office: Unit 4, Hythe Marine Park, Shore Road, Hythe, Southampton, SO45 6HE

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Monaco Yacht Show - 23 - 26 September 2015

For the third year running, Solent Refit will be exhibiting at The Monaco Yacht Show in September.  Hailed as the world's unique superyacht event now in its 25th year and celebrating a new look, extra berths and a larger exhibtion area.

Come along and visit us on Stand QS32 in the Superyacht UK Pavilion, Darse Sud, Port Hercule, Monaco - to discuss many good reasons to bring your Superyacht to Solent Refit for its winter refit.  

We were happy to welcome The DBSV - German Shipbuilding Association who visited and had a tour of our unique Superyacht facility here at Solent Refit yesterday it was a great collaborative visit!

THE DBSV - German Shipbuilding Assocation came to visit...

DBSV - German Ship blders

Expansion of deep-water berths for Superyachts at Solent Refit

Solent Refit, has recently completed building its own dredger and she is ready to begin the dredging programme to provide deep water berths for superyachts visiting The Solent area.  Solent Refit’s 14 secure full-service berths will be capable of housing superyachts up to 120m.

“We have always had berths big enough for very large vessels,” says MD Allan Foot. “We have huge floating pontoons on the outer wall of the harbour, but until now we haven’t had the water depth.” He explains that over the last six months, rather than buying or renting a dredger Solent Refit decided to build its own from a salvaged barge. “Now we will be dredging the whole site and our licenses allow us to go down to five metres.


“Over the years, and especially recently, we have had a number of enquiries from larger boats visiting Southampton that want to dock,” continues Allan Foot. “They don’t really want to go in the local docks and the marinas are not big enough.”  These berths will be available for workboats and super yachts wanting refit or repair work but will also be available for short term lay-ups or visits.


This former US military naval base, originally a support facility for a US invasion fleet is now a thriving and unique superyacht facility that over 80 vessels have successfully passed through over the last 5 years.  Solent Refit occupies over 20,000 square metres in Southampton Water and has a 1500 ton horizontal lift capable of hauling vessels up to 60 metres which feeds 10,000sq m of undercover refit halls for the refit and repair of large luxury yachts with easy vessel movement achieved on a massive powered rail system.


A unique opportunity to purchase the well known classic 58m motor yacht Lady KII

Solent Refit, the comprehensive superyacht refit facility on the South coast of England is offering the unique opportunity to purchase the well known classic 58m motor yacht Lady K II, ex-Princess Tanya.  This 58m custom built classic motor yacht is for sale as a turn-key project by Solent Refit. She is being completely refitted by Solent Refit as a ready-to-go yacht whether for private use or charter.  Business commitments don't allow her current owner to finish the project.  


“She represents a great value proposition for the discerning owner. Her classic lines, versatile layout and stylish interior make her the perfect luxury yacht” said Allan Foot, Managing Director of Solent Refit.




The project affords the new owner unlimited and complete input during the interior design and refit with the experienced team of craftsmen at Solent Refit and a dedicated project manager throughout.


Lady K II, formerly Lisboa II and Princess Tanya, was built in 1961 by Austin & Pickersgill in England for one of the most famous shipping tycoons.  She has accommodation for a total of eighteen in nine staterooms. The full-width master suite on the upper deck has a study, dressing room, separate shower room and spa pool bathroom. There is a twin guest suite on the upper deck with an en-suite bathroom. There are four opulent, light and spacious staterooms with en-suite bathrooms on the main deck all with large picture windows and a further three en-suite staterooms on the lower deck. Separate accommodation is available for crew. The huge and elegant main saloon with an integrated bar and dining area spans the full width of the yacht. There is an additional bar and dining area in the upper deck saloon. Onboard is a gymnasium, sauna, beauty salon; and a jacuzzi on the upper deck.


Lady K II was described as “The most elegant, sophisticated and well-equipped motor-yacht to ever grace the Oceans” by Super Yachts World Vol II in 2005


Type: Luxury Motor Boat                  Year: 1961

Refit: 1992/2005                               Beam: 8.8m/29ft

L.O.A.: 57.6m/189ft                          Max Speed: 13 knots

Cabins: 9                                          Engines: 2 x 830 bh

Cruise Speed: 10 knots                    Builder: Austin & Pickersgill, England



Solent Refit are delighted to be exhibiting at The London Yacht, jet and prestige car show in May.


        Solent Refit - the UK’s comprehensive Superyacht refit facility will be participating at The London Yacht, jet and prestige car show in May.  Our aim for this event is that yacht owners and captains get to know our unique facility on the south coast of England and the full service that we can offer.


We are ideally located on the Southampton Water with easy road, air and rail link access.  Our zero-rated facility is capable of taking vessels out of the water up to 1650T, 25m to 65m on our horizontal platform slipway. We have more than 10,000 sq m of undercover modern and enclosed working halls and maintain a highly skilled work force of marine industry specialists.  Solent Refit has been developed in recent years into a modern and unique refit facility in the UK offering owners and captains a great alternative to our European counterparts.


In addition we have 15 deep water berths for yachts up to 120m, all within 24hr maximum security, offering owners and captains peace of mind and for maximum efficiency there are crew training facilities on-site.


Come and discuss your next yacht refit requirements with Allan, James and Ashley who will be on Stand P15 from 4th – 6th May at this prestigious event at Old Billingsgate & St. Katherine Docks, City of London.




Solent Refit is delighted to announce they have secured a 30 year lease on the shipyard and are now seeking to improve the facilities further to become one of the UK's Most Impressive Superyacht Refit & New Build Facilities.


The expansion plans include waterfront offices which will overlook the Southampton Estuary.   This will give clients, guests and subcontractors a place to work and carry out project meetings in a modern and relaxed surrounding.  There will be a lounge area and a gym for crew and guests. They will be opening a chandlery on site to service the surrounding area.


Solent Refit has invested in amongst other things,  a 30T Telescopic Mobile Crane, 3 T Manitou, 3T Forklift and a Mobile Cherry Picker, ensuring efficiency in the yard.   The shipyard has also invested in its own dredger and hopper barge in order to dredge and maintain the slipway, deep water berths and estuary along with local marinas and harbours.


Allan Foot – Managing Director of Solent Refit Said  “We are delighted with the newly signed extended lease, it gives our customers security that we are here to stay and it allows us to build on what we have and ultimately focus on making the facility one which our customers wish to return to for years to come.   For the local community this gives peace of mind that the marine industry is secure here in Hythe and opens up the potential for us to employ more local quality skilled tradespeople who have a passion for the yachting industry.   More importantly we are introducing a long overdue apprenticeship scheme with this new lease of life for the shipyard.”


Solent Refit is Ideally located on the Southampton Water with easy road, air and rail link access.   This  Zero- Rated facility is capable of taking vessels out of the water, up to 1500T, 20m to 65m on our horizontal platform slipway.  The yachts are then transferred into any of our 3 halls effortlessly via a powered rail system.  The site has 2 x deep water 120m berths with an additional 15 x full service deep water berths on floating platforms, All with 24hr security.


The 10,000 square metre undercover working halls can house around 10 x 30m Superyachts, 2 x 45m superyachts and 2 x 65m superyachts outside. In 2008 the facility had a £1m new roof installed.


Solent Refit has a highly skilled and qualified marine workforce in Structural (Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminum), Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, including woodwork specialists (Riding Crews available within a moments notice). The site boasts an impressive fully equipped mechanical, structural, electrical and wood workshops, including electrical and general stores.

Solent Refit the UK’s alternative for Superyacht refit secures 30 year lease…


YachtProjects International Relocates To Solent Refit

Solent Refit joins forces with Cathelco

Solent Refit, the Southampton-based refit yard in the UK, has entered into a preferred partner agreement with water treatment systems specialist Cathelco and its Antibes-based subsidiary HEM.

Cathelco, with headquarters in Chesterfield, Derbyshire (UK), claims to be a world leader in water treatment systems for superyachts and commercial vessels. The company supplies a wide range of equipment including impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) systems and marine growth prevention systems (MGPS) to protect the hulls and pipework of leisure and commercial vessels and is known for having developed a ballast water treatment system for superyachts.

In 2015 Cathelco boosted its activities in the superyacht sector with the acquisition of HEM, a manufacturer of desalinators and associated equipment.


Water treatment on superyachts

The new partnership comes timely as owners of ocean going superyachts will have to comply with new International Maritime Organization (IMO) legislation governing the discharge of ballast water.

This will involve the installation of ballast water treatment systems of which Cathelco is one of a few manufacturers capable of producing smaller or modular systems for the superyacht industry.

The IMO expects its convention covering discharges to enter force worldwide in November 2016 following ratification by 30 of its member states and achieving 35% of the global tonnage. However, some industry experts expect implementation to be pushed back to early or mid-2017.


Commenting on the partnership, Allan Foot, managing director of Solent Refit, says: “We are delighted to make it official that Cathelco is a preferred partner. It offers our clients peace of mind to know we can offer a smooth transitional package of works to speed up refits.”

Solent Refit recently secured a 30-year lease for the shipyard in Southampton and the company is set to grow its preferred partner programme to offer a multitude of services and products.

“Solent Refit has a great location on the South Coast of England and can host as many as 16 yachts up to 65 metres in length,” comments Sam Wand, sales manager of Cathelco’s superyacht division. The flexible nature of the yard allows us to carry out work easily and economically alongside the Solent Refit team.”


This news story originally appeared in Superyacht Business - to read the full story click here

Aerial shot of slipway



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In Hythe Solent Refit, has built its reputation on maintaining and refitting classic and modern superyachts. It recently secured a 30 year lease for the shipyard where it refits and repairs both super yachts and commercial vessels. Allan Foot, managing director welcomed the move as it sees a synergy between both companies and what they have to offer.


He said: “We are delighted that YachtProjects chose to bring their UK operation here. We are set to grow our preferred partner programme to offer a multitude of services and products, and partnerships like this offer our clients peace of mind to know we can offer a smooth transitional package of works to speed up refits.”

Pippa Nicholas, owner of YachtProjects International, said: “Solent Refit has an amazing location on the South Coast of England which suits our UK operation.


“It’s a facility that offers a flexible platform for us and allows us to carry out work easily and economically alongside the Solent Refit team.”


She added: “There is the potential to create more jobs in the future as we continue to grow at Solent Refit.”


YachtProjects International has an international clients list that includes Cruise Management International of Miami, Clipper Ship Management of Copenhagen, Victory Shipping of Miami and various Super Yacht clients worldwide.


They are also the European and UK sales and service agent for Headhunter water treatment systems and products.

This story originally appeared in Superyacht News - to read the full story click here

Allan and Pippa YPI

YachtProjects International has relocated its UK operation to base itself within the superyacht refit and repair facility; Solent Refit, at Hythe on Southampton Water.


The firm owned by the British business woman; Pippa Nicholas already has office is in Ft Lauderdale, Florida is now set to expand globally.

It is soon to open offices in New Zealand and Australia.

YachtProjects International has a portfolio of products and skills, including, VSAT hardware and airtime, managed onboard networks, Inmarsat airtime and offer Mandatory Global Maritime Distress and Safety (GMDSS) services.


With its never closed remote support network, connectivity issues around the world can be resolved in minutes using the automatic alert systems the company has in place.

Blue Attraction, the 37 metre classic Amels built superyacht at Solent Refit

Blue Attraction, the 37 metre Amels built classic superyacht arrives at Solent Refit for extensive modifications and upgrades.