HMS regularly take on refits for minor and major works and in the late Summer of 2017 we were approached by a couple who had bought a second hand Southerly 365. They had been looking for a new boat which ticked their wish list with no joy, after spending a huge amount of time researching they reached the conclusion that it would be better to buy a second-hand boat with a layout they liked and have it completely refitted. They had heard on the grapevine HMS was the place to come!
She soon arrived by sea and the project started with everything being stripped out, the great thing about starting with a blank canvas or empty shell is the owners were able to put in all the latest marine electronics and technology behind panels and furnishings.
In September John accompanied the owners to the Southampton boat show with a huge shopping list and they spent a couple of days meeting with suppliers and negotiating prices for the items they required. This was a great thing to do and saved a lot of time and money for the customer.
After a few weeks Okura was brought into shed 2 for the transformation to begin. It’s fair to say this project has ended up being more of a rebuild than a refit, everything has been replaced with many things custom built. So much work has been completed behind the scenes and like many projects we have encountered problems along the way which have slowed progress, but the highly skilled HMS team have overcome these hurdles with solutions. Nearly two years down the road there is still a fair amount to do before completion but there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. This type of project is not for the fainthearted and you certainly need a healthy budget, but the end result will be a yacht which exactly meets the specification the owners wanted and hopefully they will have many years of happy sailing.
Okura update August 2021:
Today was a big day for the team as Okura made her way out of the boat shed after an extensive refit. Everyone held their breath as John manoeuvred her through the doors and we were all wondering if the additional bits we have added would fit through the doors on the way out! All under the watchful eye of the owner! No pressure then! Thankfully it all went smoothly.