Corpach Boatyard has in the past undertaken a number of refits and conversion work on motor yachts. Often the work has been undertaken to convert a working vessel to a private yacht, requiring initial taking down of original structures followed by rebuilding to the detailed specification of the customer. Normally this work is undertaken to a higher specification than that required by a workboat and often includes heating and air conditioning systems, complex electronic monitoring systems, high spec. internal fitting out of domestic areas, complex woodworking including teak decks and a superior external paint finish. Where necessary we can employ specialist contractors to undertake some of the more technical aspects of a motor yacht refit or the installation of modern electronic navigation and monitoring equipment.
The motor yacht Orcades was built as a navigation training vessel in 1973 and was rebuilt as a private yacht in Stromness in 1997. Of 66 tons on a length of 17.6m she makes a fine cruising yacht ideally suited to the west coast of Scotland and further afield. She came onto the slipway for a pre-purchase survey and the deal was completed there and then; the new owner decided to have the surveyors remedial works carried out immediately and simultaneously began to plan a major refit.
The work list expanded and soon became the biggest refit ever undertaken by the boatyard involving a variety of skills including ship-wrighting, cabin joinery, engineering, g.r.p. works, fabrication and metalworking, electrics and painting.
Her iroko on oak hull was found to be in excellent condition with only one plank requiring renewal and minor caulking and stopping works required here and there. Her upper works of plywood on hardwood framing required some renewals and her decking (traditional laid iroko) was repaired in many places and completely re-payed, plugged and dressed. Her upper deck area was remodelled to include custom moulded g.r.p. ‘U’ shaped seating abaft the mast, a new hydraulic dinghy handling crane, and storage boxes again in g.r.p made to fit the curve of the aft end of the deck. The guard rails were raised to a safer height and a hatch with surrounding rail fitted leading below to the aft main deck area. A new stainless steel stairway made access up and down considerably easier. The main deck aft had a new flush lazarette hatch fitted making the space more useable and comfortable for occasional seating. New hardwood panelling was fitted to the deckhouse aft bulkhead to soften the appearance. New overhead panelling included downlighters, music speakers and aft facing CCTV cameras. The foredeck had a flush deckhatch fitted together with a new windlass with chain and rope gypsy to handle the new, larger anchor which had to be specially made to fit within the existing chainpipe. Another custom made g.r.p. storage box was fitted to the foredeck.
The wheelhouse seating and storage areas were re-built incorporating significantly improved access down the forward companionway. New navigation instrumentation was fitted together with indicators for battery management, pump and tank monitors, generator controls and fire/bilge alarms. CCTV was incorporated including engine room and aft facing cameras.
The saloon was retained more or less as it was with all new carpets and soft furnishings, sofas recovered and new lighting throughout. T.v and music players were installed.
The galley was rebuilt including electric cooker instead of gas, all new worktops and locker hardware, new sink and drainers. Opposite the galley a new servery was created with fridge and washing machine below, and a new access to the aft cabin concealed below the lifting worktop. The whole galley was relined in painted finish panelling.
Below decks all the cabins were refurbished and re-lined with tongue and groove vertical panelling to give a light, modern appearance and all new lighting and soft furnishings were fitted throughout. The aft, owner’s cabin was gutted and completely re-built with new en-suite and stainless steel companionway stairway.
Toilets were all refurbished, re-lined and new wash hand basins were fitted together with new grey and black tanks to contain all discharges when required. Level gauges and control panels with electric solenoid change over valves make operation as simple as possible.
Eberspacher heating was fitted throughout the vessel comprising the main burner in the engine room and matrix fan blowers sized to suit every space. The Tenfjord steering was stripped and re-built. Fuel tanks were opened up and cleaned out and a new larger main generator was fitted within the engine room. Almost the entire vessel was re-wired.
Orcades now retains her traditional external appearance but is modern and bright in the cabins and galley, soft and comfortable in the saloon, and fitted with Large Yacht code compliant systems and services as befits a yacht of this character and design. The yard was pleased to work with the new owner to achieve the result that he wanted without compromising the safety, seaworthiness or aesthetics of this lovely, well known yacht.