Ready for an upgrade of your precious yacht? Whether it’s a style overhaul, boosting performance, technical update or spicing up resale value, a refit process is always focused on improving your yacht. No frills, just pure craftsmanship and results. Your yacht, but better.

Our process

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Where to begin

Embarking on a yacht refit journey often starts with finding a trusted owner’s representative. This key figure speaks the language of yacht construction, maintains constant communication with the yacht builder and ensures that your interests are well-represented throughout the entire process. Another option is to manage the process yourself and/or with your architect. Your initial task is to outline your exact wishes for the refit and share this wishlist with your owner’s representative. In this first phase, defining your budget is crucial, laying the foundation for a seamless and tailored refit experience.

  • Wishlist
  • Owner’s Representative selection
  • Budget


Search for Style

The next phase involves the exciting quest for the perfect style for your refit. This search for style is where you begin your exploration for an architect/designer who can turn your vision into a maritime masterpiece. Classification becomes a pivotal step, ensuring that your yacht complies with the highest standards. Moving forward with the architect, drawings take shape, translating your ideas into detailed plans. This stage results in a specification for the refit of your yacht, refining every detail, from materials to design elements, ensuring that the refit aligns perfectly with your desires and the highest standards of craftsmanship.

  • Architect selection
  • Classification
  • Drawings
  • Specification


Yard Selection

With your refined vision and detailed plans, the next crucial step is choosing the ideal yard for your refit. Selecting the right yard goes beyond capability and capacity; it’s about finding a partner who shares your commitment to excellence.

Working closely with your owner’s representative and architect, a thorough cost and timeline calculation is conducted by VMG Yachtbuilders. This leads to a final specification, which will serve as a guiding document for the refit, aligning the work with your expectations.

The final specification guarantees that the yard not only comprehends your vision but also embraces the unique details that will make the refit of your yacht an exceptional experience at VMG Yachtbuilders. As you progress through this phase, confidence in your choice grows, knowing that your selected yard is both well-equipped and aligned with your vision for a refit process.

  • Final specification
  • Calculation


Refit preparation

With the yard selected, the preparation focuses on the essential groundwork needed to kickstart the transformation of your yacht.

The preparation begins with the selection of suppliers. Working in collaboration with your owner’s representative and architect, each supplier is chosen based on their expertise and ability to meet the specific requirements of your refit. Following the selection of suppliers, a purchase planning is created. This step takes factors such as cost-effectiveness, quality, and timely delivery into account. A well-thought-out purchase plan lays the foundation for a smooth and efficient refit, minimizing delays and maximizing the value of your investment.

Project planning comes next, where the entire refit process is mapped out. This includes scheduling each stage of the project, setting milestones, and allocating resources effectively. The project plan serves as a roadmap, ensuring that the refit process stays on track and meets the specified timelines.

In parallel, the invoicing protocol is established, setting the framework for a streamlined financial process, making it easier to track expenses and stay within budget. At VMG Yachtbuilders we use dedicated accountancy software that shows all hours and expenses at any time. We believe in 100% transparency and accountability.

Contract negotiations, led by your owner’s representative, finalize terms with the yard and suppliers. Once negotiations come to an end, contracts are signed, solidifying commitments.

The preparation stage efficiently sets the groundwork for a transparent, coordinated, and successful refit process, ready to bring your vision to life.

  • Selection of suppliers
  • Purchase planning
  • Project planning
  • Invoicing protocol
  • Project administration
  • Contract negotiations
  • Contract signing


Start Refitting process

The time has come to start the actual refit. We start with engineering, where detailed plans come to life, refining design elements and aligning the project with your vision. The refitting process itself kicks off with dismantling & inspection, ensuring a thorough examination of every component. We report and evaluate on every step of the process, in close communication with you, your representative and the architect. Flexibility throughout ensures a responsive and tailored approach, bringing your vision closer to reality as we navigate through the engineering and refitting process. Any time in the refitting process, you are most welcome to visit our yard to see what’s happening.

  • Engineering
  • Refitting process:
    • Dismantling & inspection
    • Reporting
    • Evaluation
    • Update project boundaries


Change orders

During the process insights can change, new technology becomes available or decisions are made for more jobs. After being briefed we will supply you or your owner’s representative with a Change Order Form that states consequences in terms of costs, time and weight if of any importance. We will implement the change order in the process as soon as it’s signed.


Commissioning & Testing

As the refit approaches completion, one of the final steps in your yacht’s transformation is Commissioning & Testing. Commissioning involves the installation and fine-tuning of all systems to ensure they function optimally. Rigorous testing follows, subjecting every aspect of the yacht to thorough investigation to guarantee performance and safety.


Delivery and Acceptance

After successful commissioning and testing, the moment arrives for the official handover. During this phase, your owner’s representative plays a crucial role in communication between you, the yard, and relevant stakeholders. The refit should align with your expectations and the specification set at the start of the process. Your yacht is ready to embark on new adventures.

  • Paintwork and varnishing
  • Systems upgrade
  • Perfection in detail
  • Reliability


Warranty and Maintenance

The final step in our yacht refit process is dedicated to Warranty and Maintenance, two components that not only guarantee the ongoing performance of your yacht but also contribute to a compelling resale value.

Our commitment extends beyond the completion of the refit, it’s a long-term partnership. As a testament to our dedication, many of our refit clients return, recognizing that large yachts require periodic refits. We don’t just build or refit yachts, we build solid relationships.

A yacht with a track record, a result of a well-executed refit and a robust maintenance plan, significantly enhances her resale value. We understand that parting ways with your yacht can be bittersweet, and our aim is to make it a seamless transition, ensuring that her story remains a strong selling point.

  • Maintenance
  • Resale

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Carpentry team

One of VMG Yachtbuilders’ greatest assets is our exceptional carpentry team. Enkhuizen, renowned for its tradition of Dutch yacht building, is home to many of the finest carpenters in the industry. At VMG, we have gathered these top talents to ensure that every piece of work we deliver reflects outstanding quality and craftsmanship. Our dedicated carpentry team brings unparalleled skill and attention to detail to every project, embodying the rich heritage of Dutch yacht building in each custom yacht we create, refit we do or brand we build.


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