Last week saw the RSB Rigging Solutions team re-step the 22-ton, 65-meter mast onboard the 56m Perini Navi superyacht Asahi; the heaviest mast ever to have been re-stepped in Palma, Spain. Sailing yacht Asahi sailed back from Hawaii in February 2014 specifically to get this project completed by RSB. The vessel reached Palma de Mallorca in April, and the RSB team have been working all summer on her rigging service program.
During September the team have been redressing both masts and preparing them for the re-stepping procedure. Due to the weight of Asahi yacht’s main mast it is again necessary to bring the crane for the re-step over from Barcelona.
Steve Branagh the managing director of RSB states: “Asahi’s main mast is 65m high, manufactured out of aluminium and weighs 22 Tons. This has been a huge project for both RSB Rigging Solutions and the STP yard in Palma de Mallorca as Asahi requires a 450 Ton crane to lift the rigs; at 80m, it is the biggest crane that has ever been used in the yard.
Our riggers have been working very hard throughout the summer on a number of ongoing projects, with Asahi being one of our major summer rigging programs. It is with great pleasure that we complete the Asahi re-step and we are all proud to have been part of such an interesting and challenging project.”