L’Albatros is a motor yacht with a soul and stories all of its own. Delivered in 1985 by Sterling Yachts, then since she underwent full refurbishment to provide her with the latest equipment yet staying true to her original character. Measuring 43.6 metres (143 feet) in length, is a world proven oceangoing vessel offering accommodation to 12 guests in 6 deluxe staterooms tastefully decorated including a master suite, 4 double cabins and 1 twin cabin.
A great family yacht, L’Albatros is a must for those with a taste for exploration. A crew of 8 ensures a relaxed 5-star experience aboard this perfect combination of performance and luxury that, among an extensive list of amenities and toys, is also fitted with zero speed stabilizers increasing comfort when the yacht is stationary, particularly in rough waters.
Exquisite Brazilian hardwoods and Italian marble surfaces complemented by designer fabrics abound throughout, and salon, dining and living areas are warm and inviting but with elegance and sophistication for more formal entertaining. Her sizeable exterior provides a formal expandable dining table as well as seating to enjoy cocktails from the outdoor wet bar.
As part of her maintenance program, treating the hull, in particular the area below the waterline, with antifouling is a key task. A smooth and barnacle free hull enhances performance by increasing boat speed, reduces fuel consumption and also helps lower the risk of introducing invasive species from one area of water to another.
As simple as it may seem, actually this task demands skilled and experienced personnel to successfully execute it, which is why Palumbo Superyachts Refit Naples was selected for the job.
Applying the antifouling necessarily involved: hauling, transferring the yacht on the hard, performing the job and finally launching. When on the hard, the hull was inspected and a thorough examination for any marine organisms blocking water intakes was carried out to prevent engine overheating.
It goes without saying that the whole procedure can weigh quite considerably on the annual maintenance costs of the boat but, when done properly like on this instance, it pays for itself in the long run.