Transformation – maybe this is the most appropriate term to describe the large refitting performed by the yard CMM Yacht Service on a Pershing 80 from 2009
by Massimo Longoni
The model, which is the object of this radical refitting was purchased by a Belgian shipowner last November thanks to the consultancy of CMM Yacht Service’s Sales Department. The same yard was then commissioned with the entire restyling. CMM, as a company of reference for all yards in the Ferretti Group (Pershing, Riva, Mochi Craft, Custom Line, Ferretti Yachts, Crn) handled the most significant and challenging refitting projects for these brands. The activity is focused on a complete repainting (gelcoat or varnish) and the installation of Seakeeper gyroscopes, a leading company in the field of stabilizers for which CMM has been an official dealer and authorised installer for many years. This year alone the number of boats of different types and sizes on which the yard installed a stabilizer has been staggering: a Seakeeper 16 on a Pershing 7 from 2004, a Seakeeper 18 on two Pershing 80s from 2009, two Seakeeper 9s on a Ferretti 780 from 2008, a Seakeeper 26 on a Viking 82, and a Seakeeper 2 on an Avanti 33.
THE PERSHING 80’S HULL AND SUPERSTRUCTURE WERE REPAINTED WITH A SILVER HUE TENDING TOWARDS ANTHRACITE AND CONTAINING A PARTICULAR “ROUGH GRAIN”, WHICH GIVES THE PAINT A MORE METALLIC LOOK AND MORE SHINE ON THE SURFACE.
In addition to being a Master Service Point for all shipyards in the Ferretti Group, and an official agent of the Italian Dealer Italian Yacht Store for the brands Pershing, Itama, Custom Line and Ferretti, CMM is also specialised in refitting boats from 15 to 40 metres. Over time, the company has made personalisation into an authentic artform – entirely Made in Italy. The goal is to make a series-produced boat into a unique object that can truly represent every owner. A peculiar trait that pushed the Belgian owner to confide in the consolidated experience of the yard CMM Yacht Service for this important project which was concluded in six months of work and concerned every single part of the boat, with the exception of the hull. A complete refitting, in the true sense of the word.
The yacht has changed its shape and colour, both externally and internally. After the initial study in the beginning of the design process, three different mock-ups were made to reproduce authentic examples of what had been proposed in the rendering. Paint samples were made for the external body, and, thanks to a selection of materials and finishes, parts of the interior furnishings were materially reproduced to the owner could visualize and choose the essence, colour, and finish of the interiors even before the actual work was begun.
In fact, the refitting operation began precisely from the heart of this beautiful yacht. Just a few weeks after it arrived in the yard, the entire engine room looked like an empty tub. Every single component had in fact been disembarked to be revised and replaced, from the engines to the inverters, gimbals, generators, pipes, joints, pumps… The engine room itself underwent a profound restyling, the floor was sanded and repainted, the walls cladded with the new insulation, the entire lighting system was replaced with LED lights, the work tops were replaced with new ones in carbon fibre, and a dedicated aluminium frame was produced for the dunnage.
An absolute must was the installation of a Seakeeper 18 to guarantee safety and comfort on board. A 3D-scan of the hatch yielded the mathematical data to produce the necessary mould for a new one, different from the original in shape and volume. Made in carbon fibre, the new hatch is now equipped with a second opening in the centre, which can be activated by means of a double-hinge system that allows you to access the hangar without going down to the platform. Hull and superstructure were repainted in a Silver hue tending towards anthracite and containing a particular “rough grain” that gives the paint a more metallic look and more shine on the surface.
The leitmotiv of this refitting is the colour blue, which is the connecting link between the exterior and interior environments. Electric blue also characterises some inserts in the paint job, such as the beauty line. As for the leather, customisations on the sofas, headboards, and furniture are made in Indigo blue. In addition to the alteration of the stern hatch, also the cockpit area was revisited. The table and sliding bench were removed. In their place, a table with extendable top and a new fixed bench were installed, a change which has made this area more practical and liveable. This type of layout, which is different from the original that was conceived, designed and built by the yard, is one of the solutions in highest demand and has already been implemented in three previous operations. This modification was then followed by the replacement of all windows and the production of the new cushions, which were revisited and personalised with a geometry of embroideries typical of sports boats, as well as the replacement of the entire deck in teak.
Last, but certainly not least, the creation of a new fully RGBW lighting system, which offers a choice between four different colours for step lights, lateral LED strip lights, underwater lights, and the name of the boat. But the interiors are the place where the true transformation took place. All the wood essences were changed, the furniture, which was in classic honey-coloured horizontal grain oak was covered with an oak wood veneer in smoky grey, which gave a more modern and stylish touch to the entire environment. The new coating affected all structures, the fixed pieces which were veneered and painted directly on site as well as the removable furniture, which were taken to the workshop for veneering and painting. The smoky grey of the veneering was combined with a pastel blue hue in order to highlight the various interior elements and create a detachment and depth in the environments. Carbon fibre, on the other hand, is the distinctive trait of the lounge, and can be found in the inserts under the top.
During the refitting operation, the shipowner expressed his desire to also change the layout of the space underdeck. Therefore, one of the two guest cabins was removed to make room for a fourth bathroom with daily toilette function and a comfortable dinette, with design fold-out sofa. All this was completed by a 60’’ TV which makes the new environment ideal for several moments of the day and for various uses. The bathrooms were finished in a mosaic from Sicis’ Diamond collection. A unique mix of colours was combined with tops in corian in order to change the height and structure of the furniture itself. Each environment and component was subjected to customisation: the lighting, parquet flooring, furnishing elements such as the headboards and sofas. The fabrics and leather are embroidered with a particular quilted pattern, which was also used for the outdoor cushions. Finally, the yard upgraded the entire audio-video system and the navigation instruments, which were replaced with last-generation Simrad equipment.
Never like this year did the difficulties in sourcing the materials and long waiting times for deliveries influence the work of this project. To face these issues, the yard got ready to directly produce certain components, such as the custom-made smoking table inspired on the model by a famous Italian design brand, which was made with the same wood essences and leathers used to coat all the furnishings and other elements on board. Every time we conclude a project, whoever sees the final results asks us: “Why didn’t the owner just buy a new boat?”. The answer is simple: “because it would not have been exactly the way he wanted it”.
(CMM Yacht Service, great job – Barchemagazine.com – September 2022)