AWARD-WINNING REFITS

Compositeworks are very proud of the awards detailed below as they are testimony to the outstanding levels of creativity, flexibility, engineering, craftsmanship and overall efficiency to be found at the shipyards.

Selected Projects

ISS DESIGN AWARDS – BEST REFIT 2016: FALCON LAIR

INTERNATIONAL SUPERYACHT SOCIETYWhite Cloud was first introduced in 2006 to Compositeworks, operating from their La Ciotat shipyard in France. The company took the vessel in during an emergency haul-out where she had various through-hull fittings replaced, new rudder fittings installed and new anti-fouling applied. It was in 2012 that the yacht was put up for sale only for the second time since her launch 29 years ago. Her current owner made the purchase in 2014 and had her renamed Falcon Lair. Olesinski design studio was drafted to come up with a new exterior design that would once again have her seem as modern as she did the day she was launched in 1983.
She features modifications almost across the entire vessel; a raised bow profile, an entirely new sun deck superstructure roof including retractable awning, an extension to the aft sun deck, a jacuzzi on the forward sun deck, extensions on the aft bridge deck and forward coachroof and a 4m swim platform and transom extension.
The results of the transformation work done by Compositeworks speak for themselves. The Falcon Lair we see today has come a long way since her first day on the water as New Horizon L. Yet, she is as relevant as she was back in 1983 and is now ready to once again cruise the seven seas as an example of what’s possible when quality craftsmanship combines with industry-leading engineering and design.

WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS – JUDGE’S COMMENDATION 2016: KANALOA

THE WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS 2016It is unusual that the jury grant an award for low-cost work, but it was agreed that the team that carried out the rebuild of a 48-metre motor yacht built in 1996, should be recognised. Significant defects were found in this yacht after a change of ownership, despite these not being discovered in a pre-purchase survey. Following a later Lloyds survey, the issues were found to be so costly to address in a shipyard that the owner was at the point of scrapping the yacht. Yet miraculously, she was saved from this almost certain fate by the intervention of her captain, who suggested that the yacht could be saved at less than 50 per cent of the cost quoted if a large proportion of the work was carried out by the crew and independent sub-contractors. The owner agreed, and the structural and other work required to bring her back into classification was undertaken by Compositeworks La Ciotat during a 14-month period.
Among many other issues addressed, more than 30 per cent of the hull plating was replaced by Compositeworks, the main engines were returned to zero hours, and the remainder of the drive train was also dismantled and rebuilt. These tasks also required the removal and replacement of a large element of the yacht’s interior joinery and a great deal of other work. The rebuild was completed with a full repaint in time for the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show. In the judges’view, this was a commendable achievement by all concerned.

WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS - BEST YACHT CONVERSION 2014: ENIGMA XK

The World Superyacht AwardsThe conversion of superyacht Enigma XK in La Rochelle from a British government-owned Fisheries Protection Vessel into a comfortable and capable expedition yacht was masterminded by naval architect Philippe Briand. The new design paid homage to the original looks of the vessel while adding significant new elements to the superstructure to provide the interior with every element that might be expected in a superyacht of this size. The interior design took maximum advantage of these new spaces, exploiting them to their fullest with a magnificently glazed private saloon and dining area adjacent to the owner’s suite, as well as a further saloon and dining area and five spacious guest cabins.

In the spirit of a long-range expedition vessel, the sheltered main deck aft now provides stowage for the two large tenders, together with two all terrain vehicles and a selection of water toys, all launched using a nine-metre reach crane.

WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS - BEST REFITTED YACHT 2013: FAITH

WSA-2013-WINNER-logoCompositeworks were awarded Best Refitted Yacht after completion of a major refit on the 62m Feadship at their shipyard in La Ciotat in 2012. The most extensive works undertaken by the shipyard in the course of this project included the remodelling of two sundecks and the relocation (from aft to forward) and rebuilding of the pool and substantial works on the entire interior to turn the owner’s re-styling plans into reality.

But the refit of Faith, previously known as Cakewalk and Fortunato, was not just cosmetic. Noise levels is the owner’s cabin were also improvemed through works on the generator support frame.

Not only were the works finished to the highest quality standards but it should be noted that the project was carried out in an incredibly challenging time frame of only 4 months.