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Refit and repairs in Spain

Article by Chris Clifford


Throughout the Spanish mainland and the Balearics, there is a diverse and expert group of companies ready to ably assist in your superyacht refit projects no matter how large or small. Professionalism, innovation and a solid work ethic are top of the agenda together with their ‘can do’ mentality

A marine air conditioning and refrigeration company based in Palma de Mallorca providing supply, installation, and repair services to yachts all around the island. They have the benefit of being owned and run by a career engineer and a manager who have spent many years working on superyachts, so they understand the difficulties, pressures and nature of the industry. They aim to make your life less stressful by being easy to work with, by providing remote support when needed and by being knowledgeable about the idiosyncrasies of yachts and the marine environment. Their autumn and winter work is mostly maintenance and installation of new systems and parts. Remember, you do not need to be in Mallorca to take advantage of this service.


Established in 2007 Marinevac has become one of the leading companies for pipe de-scaling and waste water management for superyachts in many destinations worldwide. The team, headed up by David Ballyn are based in Palma De Mallorca but offer services throughout mainland Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Florida, South East Asia, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, and very soon the UAE. Specialists in black and grey water pipe de-scaling, Marinevac’s portfolio has grown in line with client needs and now offer many additional services including AC duct cleaning and sterilisation, pipe relining, ofcial distribution for EVAC sanitary equipment and spare parts and Loro-X pipe supply. The company’s mission is to provide their customers with an extremely high level of quality service, working together with similar minded local professionals to achieve a common goal – complete satisfaction. www.marinevac.com


Large refits require professional management. Pure Superyacht Refit has substantial experience of project managing significant refits of vessels up to 90m. Projects include full interior and exterior transformations, hull and deck extensions, new interior lay-outs and fit- outs including galleys, helipad installation, building / fitting new sun decks, main engines and generators replacement and overhauls, stabiliser installations, fine cabinetry, and full painting of over 27 vessels. Pure’s philosophy is for a successful refit… Project Management should be conducted onboard in real time, continuously. Interacting multiple times daily with the client, designers and sub-contractors is key to this success. This method gives Pure the advantage over others of a proactive (not reactive) approach, allowing for accurate time critical decisions, updates and reporting and solution solving where necessary, minimising costs, surprises and impact on the overall project.


With more than 30 years servicing the yacht industry, the team have a passion for the sea and the nautical world. Nautiel offers a range of complementary services for the mega yacht industry, from a simple all-detail wash-down carried out with the best cleaning products, to a extreme detail deep cleaning in a galley with all its elements, furniture and accessories (fryers, trash shredders, cabinets, ovens and hoods), up to a certified disinfection. For the past 17 years they have specialised in all kinds of textile cleanings: fabrics and carpets, anti- stain treatments, textile fireproofing, and mattress sanitisation. They’ve received specific textile cleaning training in England, being members of WoolSafe Organisation, with approved technicians by this distinguished organisation. Another essential activity is the temporary protections for exterior and interior surfaces, traffic and working areas during the maintenance tasks and repairing of superyachts. In this case, Nautiel Service is constantly researching about the best protection systems to avoiding damages on different surfaces, furnishings, teak decks and glass.


BM Composites are leading experts in the design, build and installation of composite structures for the superyacht market. Their management teams provide an end-to-end service for refit projects and new builds and they also provide mobile teams for projects throughout Europe. Based in STP Shipyard Palma, BM Composites also have a state-of- the-art manufacturing facility minutes from the port. Experts in the design and manufacture of large structures, they are completely committed to using the latest developments in carbon fibre technology and CNC tooling to ensure efficiency in production and the highest quality end product. Their refit for S/Y M5 of three new hardtops with integrated lighting, AV equipment and automated sunshades was nominated for the World Superyacht Awards. BM Composites have just finished an extensive new Sky Lounge and radar mast for M/Y Coral Ocean. Authorised distributor: GURIT for the Balearics, Spain and Portugal.

BM Composites

Established in 2007, C.A.B.B.S has steadily grown into being one of the most respected yacht joinery companies in Mallorca. Their reputation is built on the understanding that C.A.B.B.S prioritises quality workmanship coupled with great customer service. Modern woodworking techniques and machinery all combined in a 600 square metre workshop located only ten minutes from the local marinas, means C.A.B.B.S is ideally located and well equipped to service the local and international marine industry. The highly skilled team is willing and able to complete whatever job that is required, be it a full interior refit, bespoke furniture, a new bathroom or maybe only minor alterations. The end result from their unwavering dedication to quality and attention to detail means the final product will be something that you will be proud of. With an emphasis on quality and customer service, that is based in the centre of the Mediterranean yachting world, C.A.B.B.S is the logical choice.


CeraShield’s Duplex System provides a durable, sacrificial layer of protection for superyacht exterior paint coatings, allowing a superyacht’s finish to maintain its gloss and appearance for longer periods. But don’t take their word for it. “Storm highly recommends the usage of CeraShield on newly painted surfaces as it greatly increases the longevity and life cycle of the topcoat. Vessels spending time in harsh environments benefit immediately from CeraShield’s Duplex application.” Dave Fryer, Director Storm Yachts. “This application has been extensively field tested and inspected by our company, including measurable data with excellent results.” Peter Bergsma, Mega Yacht & General Aviation Coating Specialist at Bergsma CSI. Talk to CeraShield and ask for more referrals and recommendations.


Do you really have the refit support your project needs? 3DTech have become the refit support experts that can help your project be successful from inception to completion. Based in STP Shipyard in Palma, and with an ofce right on the dock, they have built up extensive experience in all areas of refit works. The team provide the technical expertise and design support that takes the pressure of crew and project managers during what can be long and complex projects. For the last 2 years they have been working on an extensive refit of a 77m motor yacht as a full technical and design support ofce for the entire refit on all the yacht’s decks. This has involved everything from detailed 3D models of systems and components to interior layouts. 3DTech’s ability to turn their hand to all aspects of refit work makes them a great partner to support your projects in Palma or further afield. Their knowledge in both design coordination and integration of systems and structures can make refits more efcient and reduce both costs and timescales. Contact 3DTech to help you and your project.

3D Tech
3D Tech

The company specialise in reforming, maintaining and upgrading top level sailing and motor yacht interiors. This includes unique pieces of interior furniture, furniture sets for the exterior, bridge, working component maintenance, reforms and refits, and reproducing components as a contrast, or an exact replica of the original. They create technical furniture, while replicating the yachts aesthetics, using shipyard trained building techniques and modern equipment. All the work is based on a process of methodically working from the initial drawing through the machining process, the assembly and the final installation on board. While taking into account weight, strength, flexibility and balance; elements crucial to sailing yachts. The unique skill is to be able to reproduce an original interior, while changing the entire structure of the area, to make it seamlessly appear as if it is the original build. The team consists of highly trained technical experts with individual strengths who complement each other in the pursuit of excellence.

Aufait Yacht Joiners SL
Aufait Yacht Joiners SL

Armada Engineering opened a second facility inside MB92 Barcelona, to offer their already world class service to more superyacht customers. The Armada Barcelona workshop is located at MB92 Barcelona, one of the largest superyacht refit shipyards in the world, with a huge 220m dry dock. They offer consultancy, complete design, build and installation solutions worldwide. They also offer training, maintenance support and supply of engineering parts and solutions. This facility offers a 5 tonne crane to allow the team to work on larger equipment or vessels. Armada have worked on some of the most luxurious superyachts in the world, providing the full range of services, from fault finding to overhauls and complete refits. From hose registers and replacements through all aspects of hydraulic work, to stabilisers, tail end and rudder overhauls, they offer a full hydraulic and mechanical solution to their customers’ high quality requirements. They design, build, repair and test at both the facilities in Falmouth, UK and Barcelona, Spain. From these locations Armada has a global reach and their international support team is always ready to deploy at short notice to wherever you need them.

Armada Engineering
Armada Engineering