Sea HomeSea Home design by Hugo Shubert Launched in 1919
As 2013 begins, there's one project that will get everyone talking - the restoration of Sea Home, a yacht designed by Hugo Shuber from Sweden and launched in 1919. The owner has entrusted the project to the architectural studio of Matteo Picchio (www.matteopicchio.com).
We asked Matteo to give us some first-hand impressions of the project, and we'd like to share this conversation with you.
First of all the restoration project was drawn up, comprising:
- Historical research
- Outline design (to evaluate the various possibilities and solutions with the owner)
- Executive design with detailed design drawings, construction details and measurements
- Project breakdown – specifics of the tasks to be completed
Several shipyards were considered and contacted, but the contract was given to the Cantieri Navali di Sestri di Genova. The skill and experience of the yard's workforce made it the most suitable choice for a restoration of this type, and its management also submitted a tender that was in line with the owner's expectations.
To some extent it will be a historical project - the aim is to restore the yacht to her original splendour, retaining the spirit of her original design while reflecting the owner's distinctive taste, elegance and style - which means she will embody a discreet elegance, avoiding exaggerated luxury. Sea Home will also be safe and easy to sail, so she can be used efficiently for all the family cruises the owner wishes to make without necessarily requiring a professional crew. Her guests will be able to experience the sea in a way that reflects the simple elegance of a classic yacht, an authentic on-board lifestyle where meals often take the form of freshly-caught fish and where tourist marinas will be avoided in favour of natural anchorages.
It's not a bad start, and we're proud to be regarded so favourably - and this is just the foretaste to a closer look at the technical details.
AmericaAn historic 35-metre schooner
A historic 35-metre schooner built by Goudy Stevens of Maine, USA. We’ve restored the transom and done some other carpentry work, followed by a complete repainting. It was a very satisfying project.
StandarteA 38-metre Tecnomar
Standarte is a 38-metre Tecnomar. We have rebuilt the structure supporting the deckhouse in vacuum process carbon fibre, installed structural reinforcement for the composite framework and stringers, and carried out a range of jobs on the electrical systems. We then aligned the engines, installed hydraulic seals on the shafts and given her a complete repaint.
New VagabundaNew Vagabunda is a wooden schooner from 1942 built by the Deterni yard
One of the stars of the yard’s projects for 2010. New Vagabunda is a wooden schooner from 1942 built by the Deterni yard. About 200 metres of her planking has been replaced with hot-shaped, 8 cm thick mahogany. Her entire hull has been recaulked. She has been given a new bowsprit and the upper deckhouse flooring has been renovated. Work has been carried out on her masts, and the work was finished off with a complete repaint.
Smooth OperatorsDutch De Vries '65 shuttle
Full refitting planned. All deck and interior parts to be redone; full repainting. It has been in the yard since Christmas and is due to be launched in Spring.
Lory 5Steel '70s motor-yacht
Stern going from square to round and three metres longer. Planks and hydraulic seal to be changed; disappearing gangway fitted; sandblasting and full painting. Spring launch expected.
La BimbaLaunched in Scotland in1963
La Bimba is a steel ferry with an aluminium superstructure. It came to Genoa from Norway and thanks to the love of its owner will soon be fully refitted and returned to its original splendour. From sandblasting to important steel and mechanical works and a full overhaul for its Gardner engines; from electric and hydraulic plants being redone along with a bow propeller and furnishings. The entire project was assigned to Giorgio Montaldo. The photos were taken before refitting.
TenaceLaunched in 1962 at the Savona Solimano Shipyard
Launched in 1962 at the Savona Solimano Shipyard, the Tenace that has been sailing the seas as the Capo Caccia for over ten years, is now in the hands of the Cantieri Navali di Sestri to reclaim her former glory. Part of the Genova Rimorchiatori Riuniti fleet of tug boats for many years, she was purchased in ’97 by a company in Monaco to be part of the fleet working on a project in Monaco harbour. After 41 years of honourable service, as befits her name (which means tenacious), the Tenace avoided being decommissioned thanks to a ship owner who bought her with the intention of transform her into a luxury yacht. A complete refitting is underway, starting with sand blasting the steel to ascertain the vessel’s true state, to measuring the shims and, of course, the removal of the cumbersome tow eye which no longer be needed. The deck-house is to be redesigned and entirely replaced by light alloy and all the interiors will be completely redesigned. As much as can be salvaged of the original fittings will be kept – for example the old bronze portholes and the windlass. The old 1000 hp Deuz has been replaced by two 122 hp Mann motors that have been reduced to 750 which will allow her to maintain a cruising speed of 10 knots. Another point of interest is the hydraulic installation fed by two 70 KW units that will power the bow and stern propellers as well as the auxiliary propulsion, which, in the event the main engine is damaged, can guarantee a speed of four knots by means of a mast foot in the middle of the rudder blade. She is expected to be launched in the summer of 2007 and the entire design was the brain-child of the Milan architect Matteo Picchio, who has also been overseeing the project and who has been working with the Genoa Shipyard for many years.
Be HappySailboat of 32 mt
Interview with Fulvio Montaldo, Shipyard owner What is 'Be Happy'? What type of boat is it? It's a 32m sail boat. It was a job we completed together with our colleagues from the nearby yards. The boat was badly cracked in a rather comical manner, after foundering on a shoal. The boat was listing and started taking on water, but had not yet sunk. In the attempt to dislodge the boat from the shoal, once it had been slung, she fell and sank. Where was the shoal? In Sardinia. It was brought to Genoa where we immediately set about refitting her completely. The teak deck was started first and was completely re-built, followed by all the structural aluminium framework – the boat is made of aluminium - and a complete repainting. As work on the hull progressed, we put in and soldered a few square meters of parts. We rebuilt some frames that were destroyed, rebuilt part of the planking, the tank, the axis lines and the skeg that had been bent out of shape and a propeller that was completely crushed. Were the insides done by another shipyard? Yes. So you were given the task of handling the structural work? All the joinery, some of the oil hydraulics, and we also installed a new bow propeller. And the engines? We managed to save those – after dismantling them and giving them a complete overhaul. It was sorely needed since they had become completely water-logged. And what about the wiring? We took out all the insides and wholly re-did it. Which shipyard does the boat come from? Holland And how old is it? 15 years old – in many ways the boat’s design looks a lot like the Jongert
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