The famed, militaristic-looking megayacht Skat is no stranger to Royal Huisman’s Huisfit service. So it only makes senses that Skat is a customer once again. Royal Huisman is collaborating with fellow Netherlands-based Strametco for the project.
Founded in 2012, Strametco is located in Harlingen. It’s accessible via the North Sea without bridges or locks. Blasting and painting metal commercial vessels have been the jobs thus far. Strametco is now branching out in the superyacht sector. It anticipates collaborating with major yachting players due to its relationship with subcontractors and its facility’s capabilities. The shed is 295 feet (90 meters) long and 82 feet (25 meters) wide. Height isn’t a problem, either: 125 feet (38 meters) of clearance. Strametco says there are plans to extend the shed out to 361 feet (110 meters), too. In addition, Strametco has a syncrolift that can handle upwards of 4,500 tons. It’s 361 feet long by 82 feet wide (110 meters by 25 meters, respectively).
So how did Strametco and Royal Huisman’s Huisfit come together for Skat? Huisfit customers have a choice of venue for refits. Work can be done at Royal Huisman’s Vollenhove headquarters, or select locations elsewhere in The Netherlands. All of the latter, of course, have deep-water access. Arjan van Emmerik, director of Strametco, and Maurice Kok, deputy director, both say they’re “honored” that Royal Huisman selected their yard. “We are thrilled to have Royal Huisman as (our) launch customer,” a statement they released reads. “We hope this is the start of a long-term relationship,” a statement reads.
Skat, measuring 231’10” (70.7 meters), was previously was refitted with Huisfit in 2012. That job also took place in Harlingen, at Strametco’s neighbor, Icon Yachts. Back then, Huisfit upgraded Skat’s two tender garages, reconfigured the upper-deck to install sunpads, and installed new furnishings outside on the main and bridge decks. The team further completed a Lloyd’s survey, and repaired cosmetic paint. This time, Strametco says it’s removing hull paint and treating all tanks aboard Skat. The Royal Huisman team says that additional work includes replacing teak decking, servicing the main engines, overhauling the sewage-treatment system, and servicing doors and cranes. The Huisfit refit will continue into 2015.