Motor yacht Sea Breeze (ex Ulysses) was originally launched in 1977 by Millkraft as an 84-foot triple planked Oregon and Spotted Gum luxury motor yacht. Since then, motor yacht Sea Breeze has travelled great distances and been extended to measure 100 feet.
After an extensive cruise of the Kimberley’s in northwest Australia, Motor yacht Sea Breeze returned to Rivergate Marina & Shipyard for a five month refit project managed by Matt Curtin-Andrews from Yacht Group Australia. The theme of her latest refit could be classified as old charm in a new boat, as many of the original aspects of the boat are still beautiful and functional yet others required modernisation.
Matt and his team upgraded the navigational equipment, engine controls, autopilots, satellite system, wheelhouse electrics, and installed a new lighting and Bose sound system throughout the vessel which is usually fairly standard work yet complicated by original wiring and confined spaces.
Prior to the refit, motor yacht Sea Breeze did not have a bow thruster, so engineers specifically designed one for the vessel and worked tirelessly with the owner to provide power from the main engines and run hydraulic lines forward. Shipwrights completed the structural work to the hull to house the purpose-built thrusters surprising the owner at the freshness and youth of the wood in the hull. New custom-designed fiberglass mufflers were fitted to the vessel which dramatically decreased the noise on the rear deck much to the owner’s satisfaction.
Given the age of motor yacht Sea Breeze, some of the exterior woodwork was replaced and Gateway Marine was able to source and match the original timber. Similarly, the upholsterers sourced fabric for the new headliners, wall coverings and seating to coordinate with the original fittings and décor. Old televisions were replaced with flat screen digital sets and the existing cabinets which were altered for the change.
Lastly, Luxury yacht Sea Breeze was painted by Rivergate’s onsite painters, Millennium Marine Australia. Using the AwlGrip paint system, she appeared from the paint shed looking as new but certainly keeping her charm. The intrepid owner will start by enjoying his vessel in Sydney for New Year’s Eve and then out to Vanuatu and the South Pacific.
As well as refitting the 30.2 metre Australian-built wooden motor yacht Sea Breeze, Rivergate has also recently finished maintenance and paint work on super yacht Platinum and the 36.5m motor yacht Ophelia.
Rivergate Shipyard is also completing refit work on motor yacht Kokomo II, including working on her generators, and bow thrusters as well as paint work.
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