Refit Superyacht Ciao
Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has signed the contact for a significant refit project which is due to start at the beginning of December. Originally launched in 2007, the 29m fast displacement superyacht Ciao (ex. Nilo) is back at Moonen’s yard for a range of technical and aesthetic upgrades.
The main goal of the refit project is to install new CMC zero-speed stabilisers as Ciao shifts from hydraulic stabilisation to electrical. Moonen’s engineers will also perform extensive maintenance and service on the propulsion drive, which includes a controllable pitch propeller system (CPP). In addition, work on the underwater body will be carried out such as replacing the anodes and giving her bottom two fresh layers of antifouling.
The project will require many different types of craftsmanship from carpenters to mechanical engineers. Moonen’s strong relationships with its subcontractors is also an asset, including in this case the manufacturers of the stabilisers (CMC in Italy) and the CPP system (Servogear from Norway). The refit will take around eight weeks, after which Ciao will spend the rest of the winter in Moonen’s acclimatised hall until the new season begins. Her captain will also stay close to his charge with all the facilities at hand to do his job.