Refit conference hands out awards

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Refit teams behind the 66-foot sportfish Reel Steel, the 148-foot motoryacht Scout, the 80-foot sailing yacht Swan 80-002 and the 52-foot powerboat Cuttin’ Up received awards at the Refit International Exhibition & Conference in Fort Lauderdale.

The second annual Refit Excellence Awards were presented Thursday during the two-day conference.

The award for “Best Poweryacht Refit between 50 and 100 Feet” went to Reel Steel, submitted by Jarrett Bay Boatworks. Conference organizers said the iconic sportfishing boat was given new life by her owners, beginning in November 2015. The owners most notably wanted to reconfigure her cockpit to allow more functionality, as well as add two Seakeeper units.

The award for “Best Poweryacht Refit Over 100 Feet” went to Scout, submitted by Bacchus Yacht Consultancy. Scout is a 147-foot motoryacht designed by Ron Holland and built in 2012 by RMK Marine in Turkey. She underwent many upgrades and improvements during yard periods from 2014 through 2016.

The award for “Best Sailing Yacht Refit” went to Swan 80-002, submitted by New England Boatworks. This 80-foot Swan was built in 2000. The owner chose New England Boatworks to lead a refit last year. New England Boatworks teamed with Marine Hydraulic Consultancy, Van Gorkom Yacht Design and Harken to replace the existing hydraulic system and hardware with a higher-capacity, faster and more efficient system.

The award for “Best Accomplishment for a Yacht Refit” was presented to a standout project in which the entire refit team particularly shined. The award went to Cuttin’ Up, submitted by Stealth Marketing. Cuttin’ Up is a Viking Yachts 52-foot convertible originally built in 2005. During the past few years she was refit by Bluewater Yacht Yard in Hampton, Va.

Organizers said the professional crews behind each of the winning refits share in the honor of the awards.

“Yacht refits are often more complicated than new constructions. The Refit Excellence Awards give the industry the opportunity to honor the people who take on these complex projects and deliver like-new vessels to happy owners,” Jim Miller, show manager of the conference and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine, said in a statement.

Nominations for the 2018 Refit Excellence Awards will open late this summer. The 2018 conference will be held Jan. 10-11.

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