Athene Refit

Refit at Peter Wrede in Neustadt, July – August 2016

Athene, a Dutch-built steel yacht, launched 1990, with about 35,000 nm in the wake, half of it on the Atlantic and Pacific. These waters are demanding for yacht and crew. The boat is still in its original condition, but the rust spots on the hull have increased in recent years. Also, the paintwork showed more and more traces of the past. Even if it is not to be seen on the pictures from this perspective and distance of the photographs.

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Peter Wrede did a great job. The complete underwater hull, as well as the water pass, were sandblasted, and the paintwork was rebuilt. Sailing the oceans, you have to trust your boat. Knowing the ship is sound is very reassuring.

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The hull is now completely primed. I don’t have to comment on how professionally Wrede works, the pictures speak for themselves.

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Yeah, yeah, the color. Let’s face it, the marinas are full of white and blue yachts. How boring! Thanks to photo software we tried different colors: yellow, green, blue, white and red. I would have liked fire brigade red, my wife certainly not. She was supported by Wrede, who let me know, not every color fits. So the decision was made to “Red Wine”, Just as fitting, we live in a red wine region.

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We didn’t even dream of this shine. Great! Everything shines, the hull and even the underwater-ship. As the photos show, the refit can also be described as follows: blue, gray, red, skillful, perfect!

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New sailing experience.
The boat has a weight of 12 tons. It needs a breeze of wind, we thought. Apart from the fact, everything shines like a new penny, the repainting of the underwater hull was a surprise in a completely different direction: speed. We tested it several times: Half wind, wind speed 7 knots, and ATHENE sails according to Log and GPS between 5 and 5.5 Kn. We are amazed at the influence of a smooth underwater ship even on a heavy boat. Or even more so?

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