On the 20th of May this year WOSA Yacht Refit Management launched the Pershing 115 motor yacht Mistral 55, after completing an extensive refit. The 35m superyacht Mistral was originally launched in 2006 by Pershing (A Ferretti Group brand).
M/Y Mistral 55 was brought to the AR.PE.CA Shipyard inside the Port of Viareggio, Italy in November of 2010 with a relatively large work list for the winter. The objective was to bring the yacht back to perfect functional condition as well as to make many cosmetic improvements to both her interior and exterior. The owners of yacht Mistral 55 wanted their yacht to shine again and the crew wanted to make as many functional improvements as time and budget would allow. The yacht also had to be changed from a private vessel to a commercial vessel to allow the yacht to charter.
After having been given and shown the initial work list, WOSA Yacht Refit Management began the task of classifying and translating the list into Italian for the local contractors and artisans that would be involved. The primary contractors were brought onboard and shown their part of the list. This would allow us to give the owner a solid quotation that would not vary by a single cent throughout the refit.
From the initial approval for work to begin, Capt. Nigel Bigwood and his crew were extremely helpful and cooperative. Every situation was dealt with professionally and every decision taken together. A relationship of trust was forged between WOSA Yacht Refit Management, the crew, the shipyard and the owner’s representative. This trust allowed the work to flow calmly with very few delays and problems along the way.
A list the major jobs completed during the refit of Pershing superyacht Mistral 55 divided by interior and exterior and technical include:
1. The open area salon/dining room was somewhat restrictive due to the fact that the furniture was in a fixed position. This made it difficult for the crew to serve dinner as there was no room to move around the dining table. The salon was also restricted in size for the same reasons.
The solution we developed was to remove all the parquet flooring and created a system of tracks on which the lounge furniture and dining table could move forward and aft. This system allows the crew to completely open up the dining area during meals and close afterwards allowing the salon more room. The salon ceiling was also raised to allow for more space.
2. The entire audio-visual system of the yacht was upgraded to include a great number of new features. The salon TV was removed and replaced with a new 70” HD TV. The TV is enclosed in a custom cabinet going through the salon floor as the TV was too big for the existing space. The salon also has disco lighting, smoke machine and Karaoke. The entire system is controlled by Apple iPads in every cabin with custom graphics designed especially for this yacht.
3. The play room / owners study was converted to include an opening sun roof to allow for fresh air to circulate. A new door was cut through one of the bulkheads into the day head. This allows for the study to double as a spare cabin with an on-suite bathroom and pull-out bed. Sufficient wardrobe space was also provided for.
4. The owners cabin parquet floor was completely replaced as damaged and worn. The owners cabin bathroom was upgraded to include a more powerful Turkish steam bath.
5. New cabinetry in the guest area hallway was installed and the area lighting improved with LED lights.
1. The hull and parts of the superstructure were repainted with the original Pershing colour being DuPont Mclaren Silver.
2. The original anchor pocket covers were removed and replaced with stainless steel anchor pockets and the hull protection plate enlarged.
3. Exterior stainless railings were created for commercial compliance as well as storm shutters, life raft positions, and other safety equipment.
4. Commercial compliance required new steaming light and NUC lights to be repositioned forward of midships at a specific height.
5. Storm shutters were provided for commercial compliance
6. New solid teak aft deck and foredeck tables were created to replace the smaller original ones.
7. Exterior teak on the stairs and swim platform was completely replaced.
8. A bimini with carbon fibre poles was installed on the flybridge to provide some shade for the sun bathing area.
9. New cleats were installed on the bulwark for commercial registration
The machinery that was overhauled and serviced included;
• Kamewa/Rolls Royce Jets
• Vericore TF50 Turbine
• Main engines
• Bow thruster
• All thru-hull penetrations replaced with new valves
• Modifications to the air-con system
• All hydraulic system serviced and overhauled including: passerelle, side boarding ladder, swim ladders, foredeck bimini.
• Humpfree system removed and serviced
• Jet-ski and seadoo repainted and serviced
• Tender serviced
Fuel tanks cleaned
Black and grey tanks cleaned.
Hammann system improved with redundancy pumps installed.
New washer and dryers installed
New 360 degree camera installed on mast with full integration to the ships monitoring system.
Engine room floor plates galvanized, ventilation grills and genset covers painted.
Work bench installed in E.R.
Additional fire and gasoline sensors installed in fore and aft garages with integration to ships monitoring system.