Royal Huisman has thoroughly updated the Fair Lady, a 37-metre motoryacht originally built in 1928. Even though Fair Lady underwent various minor refits over the years, it was due for multiple major upgrades, while its classic looks had to be maintained.

Following a thorough and rigorous two-phase programme at Huisfit, Royal Huisman’s dedicated division for refit, rebuild and renewal, Fair Lady is now ready for the next season and beyond. Huisfit’s headquarters are strategically located in in Amsterdam with three heated main halls and deep seawater quays for in-water work.

Fair Lady in the building hall by Tom van Oossanen.
Fair Lady in the building hall by Tom van Oossanen.

When the new owner of Fair Lady purchased the yacht in 2021, he was impressed by its classic lines and beauty. And, while he was eager to enjoy his first season on board, he also wanted to make sure his vintage yacht worked well and was safe at sea. Huisfit was able to provide all the desired and necessary upgrades in two phases over two consecutive winters during the off season.

FAIR LADY post-Huisfit byTomVanOossanen DSC_5922
By Tom van Oossanen.

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Refit work phase one

Fair Lady arrived at Huisfit in November 2021 for phase one, which included hull repairs, hull painting, and varnish repairs as well as maintenance of the main engines, gensets, and stabilisers. The cooling water system was replaced, and tanks were cleaned and repaired.

Fair Lady during refit in building hall.
By Tom van Oossanen.

Interior work included a new main salon, galley, and pantry with updated equipment installations. The guest cabins were refurbished, and new carpets were installed. All these tasks were completed on schedule, in just three months, so that the owner would not have to miss the 2022 spring and summer season.

Fair Lady hull works
By Tom van Oossanen.

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Engine overhaul and new bridge

In September, the owner returned Fair Lady to Huisfit for phase two. During this time, the engine room was stripped, and the twin Gardener main engines were overhauled; new gensets were installed as well as new stabilisers.

Fair Lady during refit
By Tom van Oossanen.

Also, further repairs were made to the hull plating, which necessitated additional hull painting. The crowning glory was an entirely new bridge.

Fair Lady refit
By Tom van Oossanen

Main specifications of Fair Lady

  • Builder: Camper & Nicholsons Shipyard, U.K.
  • Year of launch: 1928
  • Refit shipyard: HUISFIT by Royal Huisman, Amsterdam
  • Refit years: Phase 1, 2021 – 2022
  • Phase 2, 2022 – 2023
  • Construction: Steel hull, wooden superstructure
  • Length: 37m / 121ft
  • Beam: 6m / 20ft
  • Draft: 3m / 10ft

Picture (top): Fair Lady after the refit programme (by Tom van Oossanen).

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