Finally the protective covers on SY Cavu can be removed as her refit swings into full gear. After a protracted sales process, new owners have taken possession of this classic Sparkman and Stevens, 100 foot sail yacht. Oceania Marine has been commissioned to undertake her refit and sea-trialling in readiness for her departure to Australia.

The Yacht Cavu

SY Cavu - Superyacht Refit Commences


Eighteen months ago Cavu was hauled out, side-shifted off the slipway and placed in storage at the Oceania Marine Shipyard pending the sale of the vessel. Brokerage was handled by Lars Bjorklund from Ocean Independence’s Auckland Office and it required all his years of experience to get a successful and satisfactory outcome for all concerned. Oceania Marine Managing Director, Martin Gleeson states “The new owners are Australian nationals and have been dreaming of the day when they can sail Cavu away and cruise the great Barrier Reef and beyond – this boat could not have gone to nicer people and we are so pleased that she is in the hands of someone who will look after her”.


Oceania Marine Project Manager Clinton Hall is overseeing the refit – “We have an extensive worklist and are concentrating on establishing budgets for essential items first

Cavu on Oceania Marine Slipway - Refit in full swing

and once that is done we will work with the owners on other ‘nice to have’ items to see what can be squeezed in within the time and funds available”, he said. The owners are anxious to get as much done as possible before they leave New Zealand to take advantage of lower Kiwi currency exchange rates, lower NZ labour rates and the very high skill levels for superyacht refits available locally in Whangarei.

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