It is without doubt that the M.Y. Attessa IV refit project in Vancouver is a project with plenty of big numbers. Originally built for the chairman of Evergreen in 1997 she was the 25th largest Yacht in the world. The addition of a further 32ft (10m) in length will see Attessa IV move to 21st place at just over 320ft (100m) LOA.
The extensive refit includes a re-styling of the exterior superstructure which has involved the use of many composite panels and adding numerous sections to the vessel. These, and the hull extensions, have been faired with an estimated 10,000 gallons (40,000 litres) of Awlfair. The selection of Awlfair LW was driven by a desire to have a strong and stable fairing compound which would be easy to process. To facilitate this one of the initial new Awlfair filler mixing machines, developed specifically to handle Awlfair LW in 5 gallon pails, was installed at the Washington Yachting Group yard. To further reduce labor time on this project the specification also incorporated Hullgard primers. These specially formulated primers allow for overcoating with subsequent primers or fillers without the need for sanding. This not only reduces the workload but also the cost of consumables and cuts down on dust generation.
Another first for this project is the use of an innovative new approach to applying a metallic, or other special effect, finish to a large vessel area. Previously it has been a challenge to achieve a Yacht quality application over a large surface without resorting to the use of weaker paint products designed for land based applications. Recently the Yacht and Aerospace divisions have been finding new ways to take an AkzoNobel core technology to the sea and skies where the operating environment is much harsher and Attessa IV is the first Superyacht to benefit from this.
The whole project, which is now in its second year of a three year schedule, is a compelling testament to the capabilities of the Washington Yachting Group and local yacht industry that is supporting this project. Washington Yachting Group has developed a solid reputation for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of all types of vessels. The yards’ facilities boasts an impressive 48,000 sqft(4460m2) fully enclosed paint shed. However, even these were not big enough for a project of this size and the work is being done under a custom built boat cover. When completed the Washington Yachting Group plans to use this refit as a showcase of what can be done just over the border in the Pacific Northwest and Awlgrip is proud to be a key part of this activity.