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The Yard Brisbane welcomes the iconic 64.85-metre S/Y Adix

by Mark Phelps 11 Sep 13:34 PDT
S/Y Adix © The Yard Brisbane

The Yard Brisbane (TYB), will welcome 64.85-metre S/Y Adix for a four-month refit and Lloyds survey period in September 2019. "Adix is a truly iconic yacht and we are delighted to have her visit us," says Mark Phelps, International Development Manager at TYB.

Built in Spain in 1984, Adix is a distinctive classic three-masted schooner re-designed by Dykstra Naval Architects and will be cruising around the South Pacific in the run up to the America's Cup in Auckland in 2021. The yacht has a long term refit relationship with British yard Pendennis, but her soujourn to the South Pacific had the team seeking a regional refit provider who could deliver the same quality service that Adix has always enjoyed.

Thanks to the impressive infrastructure and can-do attitude on offer, TYB proved the ideal solution for Adix's long-term captain Paul Goss. "We chose The Yard Brisbane as we needed a facility that could provide us with both superyacht expertise and the space and freedom to conduct our work," says Goss, who stresses the importance of the role of Adix's crew in refit projects to ensure a successful result. "Some yards don't like the crew to come to the yard, but TYB welcomed our involvement and that was very important to us."

Phelps, himself a former captain, believes TYB's world-class service and capability for servicing a wide range of vessels is an important offering for any vessel visiting the South Pacific region. "Having first visited The Yard Brisbane as a client, I immediately recognised the considerable infrastructure typically associated with top European shipyards," he says. TYB's facilities include two huge high clearance refit halls of 90-metres and 70-metres, further 50-metre halls, large lift capacity and over 250 craftspeople on site. The skills within TYB are built on generations of marine industry experience, embracing everything from traditional ship building techniques to composite infusion and engineering, steel and aluminium fabrication and modern MRI propeller analysis. "If a vessel needs any level of work The Yard's superyacht capability is world class."

These capabilities were, indeed, a key component of the appeal for Adix. "An important consideration for us is the area that can be allocated to a project, asAdix occupies a lot of space when you lay the three rigs on the ground - the sum of Adix's spars laid end to end is over 220-metres - so The Yard Brisbane's spacious facilities, particularly their refit sheds, were excellent in that respect," says Goss.

TYB is very proud that it has been chosen by Adix, with the decision to bring such a significant yacht to the facility an important milestone in its quest to position itself as one of the best superyacht refit options in the world. "We recognise that while looking for facilities in the Southern hemisphere the Adixteam would have been measuring every facility against their 'home' shipyard Pendennis, a highly respected Northern European yard," says Phelps. "To be selected as their yard of choice supports our belief that we hold a place on the world refit stage."

"We have been visiting Pendennis for more than 30 years, and we enjoy the long term working relationship we have built, and it may be that we can develop the same relationship with The Yard Brisbane for when we are travelling in the Southern hemisphere," concludes Goss. "We've already enjoyed our interactions with the team in Brisbane and we are looking forward to arriving and getting started."

As TYB continues to cement its position as a world-class refit yacht, the shipyard will return once again to the Monaco Yacht Show 2019 and will be located at Darse Sud DS76. Widely considered the most important event in the yachting calendar the Monaco Yacht Show is the ideal opportunity to showcase TYB to a large audience. "We look forward to welcoming S/Y Adix and working with Paul and his team and continuing to develop The Yard Brisbane's Shipbuilding and Refit capabilities," says Phelps. "We have some exciting developments on the horizon with an expansion of our in-water refit infrastructure and greater lifting capabilities."

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