For the past month, Jongert has been refitting one of its own. The 88-foot (27-meter) Vivid, delivered in 2001, is in for a six-month span.
A Jongert 2700M model, one of the Dutch builder’s most successful semicustom sailing designs, Vivid has hardly stayed put over the past decade. Prior to entering Jongert’s shed in November, the all-aluminum megayacht enjoyed a five-year circumnavigation, which included several remote locales. According to Vivid’s captain, Tim Forderer, he and the owner received a lot of support on that circumnavigation from the Sea-Alliance Group, which provides yacht management for Vivid. (Sea-Alliance Group specializes in those services as well as sales, charter, and other specialties.) Forderer adds that Sea-Alliance Group recommended Jongert for the refit. “The pride the Jongert team feels with Vivid is very evident,” he says. “Vivid feels very much at home.”
While Vivid was in good shape following the trip, it was simply time for a Lloyds survey and either replacement or refreshment of systems and decor. The nearly 22-foot-beam (6.58-meter beam) beauty is receiving an extensive roster of treatments. These include new teak decking, a paint job, overhauled rigging, new navigation and communication instruments, and an overhauled engine and thrusters. Inside, the wood paneling is being stripped and revarnished, while new fabrics will replace older and/or worn ones.
Vivid is expected to depart Jongert in April. The megayacht will waste no time getting back to cruising, visiting both the North and South Poles in the following months.