By Miranda Blazeby / www.boatinternational.com
Construction has started on an extended refit facility at Dutch yard Icon Yachts. Icon’s shareholders voted to build a new floating shed to accommodate a surge in refit projects coming to the yard.
The floating shed will measure 130 metres and be equipped with up to 28 metres of mast clearance. The new facility will increase Icon’s refit capacity by almost 100% and will allow the yard to take on bigger projects.
Construction on the facility began earlier this month and completion is expected by the end of the year. Icon said it took inspiration from talking to the captain of “one of the most prestigious yachts in the world” who claimed “us captains always prefer to stay in the water.” “That is why a floating dock for refits makes sense,” the yard said.
The yard added that the new facility will allow it specifically to take on more North European builds and make sure that refit projects are completed “on time and on budget, no surprises”.
The news comes as the Dutch yard revealed it has recruited more than 25 new employees over the past year and currently has over 300 metres of yacht projects underway.
Recent refit launches undertaken at the yard include the 82 metre Abeking and RasmussenSecret, 67 metre LurssenGlobal and 62 metre FeadshipVirginian.