There is a considerable range when it comes to interior refit projects – from basic maintenance and required repair works to upgrading technical equipment and completely redesigning spaces. That is why, at List GC, we have established our own department for taking on these projects. This independently operating team is responsible both for all refit projects and for supervising new build projects during the warranty period.
It is true that the project scope and fit-out area for refits are generally smaller than for new build projects, but refits are still just as challenging. In some cases, you are simply reordering existing materials, such as deliveries of spare parts. There are, however, also smaller and larger conversions that concern more than one component or supplier, right up to what is known as a major interior refit, where whole areas (decks) are refurbished or even where the entire interior is replaced. This is why planning and project management for refits is almost as much effort as for new builds, although the costs are lower due to the lower volume. The List GC refit team must respond quickly and be flexible to be capable of handling complex projects – especially under time pressure. After all, versatility and the ability to turn ideas into reality are important in the dynamic refit business.

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Ideally positioned in terms of organisation
To be capable of implementing the short-notice and fast-moving projects involved in the refit and after-sales business effectively and efficiently, an appropriate internal organisational structure is required. At List GC, the Head of Refit and After-Sales is in charge of his own team of project managers and engineers, who take care of all tasks relating to the refit projects. This allows the specific demands of the refit sector to be satisfied in the best way possible, independently of the yacht new build business.
Being globally available, operating efficiently on site
This dedicated team belonging to List GC works on refit projects worldwide. Nevertheless, it is necessary to maintain local partnerships at refit business trouble spots. For example, the MB92 Group is one of List GC’s most important customers in the refit sector. MB92 Barcelona is part of the MB92 Group, to which two major refit shipyards in the Mediterranean region belong. These are MB92 La Ciotat and, as mentioned, MB92 Barcelona. Larger refits in particular are done there, which is why a corresponding presence on site is essential. List GC maintains its own workshop at MB92 in Barcelona, designed to meet refit requirements, including a repair shop, office space and material storage. This on-site workshop can save time and money and allow smaller refits to be implemented more efficiently, as a huge variety of detail work can already be done on site.

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“In the refit and after-sales business, you must be very flexible and have a good network of reliable partners and suppliers.”
Michael Riegler, Refit & After Sales Project Manager at List GC

“In the refit and after-sales business, you must be very flexible and have a good network of reliable partners and suppliers.”
Michael Riegler, Refit & After Sales Project Manager at List GC

Particular features of the refit business
As project manager in the refit and after-sales sector, you are responsible not only for individual work packages (e.g. doors, stone, etc.), but essentially for all trades. “I am basically an all-rounder – project leader, technician and salesperson all rolled into one,” says Michael Riegler, Refit and After-Sales Project Manager at List GC. The lead times of projects in the refit sector are reduced and there are considerably fewer interfaces than for new build projects. Most smaller refits are done directly in marinas, for instance in Port Tarraco (Tarragona, Spain), Port Vauban (Antibes, France) or Port Hercules (Monaco). Yachts are, of course, constantly on the move and, as there are often only narrow windows of time for refits, the requests often come at very short notice – by phone, by e-mail or even personally and spontaneously, when List GC is already on site because of another order. “This means that you have to be very flexible. A good network of reliable partners and suppliers is important, as we need spare parts or material at short notice and as quickly as possible,” says Michael, speaking about his day-to-day challenges. The decision-makers in the refit and after-sales sector are generally the crew or owner’s representatives themselves. All decisions are made quickly. So there is often less than 48 hours from receiving the initial information to the order confirmation, and generally just a few weeks until completion.
“One of my personal job highlights is when we get given a refit project for a ship where we were not originally involved in the construction. That is a great confirmation of our quality and professionalism,” Michael Riegler concludes.

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Facts and figures

  • In 2019, more than 20 refits were undertaken by List GC.

  • List GC was not involved in the initial fitting of two new projects out of these 20 (162.5 m motor yacht, 70 m sailing yacht).

  • Altogether, more than 350 refit projects have already been undertaken.

  • In June 2019, List GC was responsible for refits in 26 apartments at “The World – Residences at Sea” at the dry dock in Cadíz.

Facts and figures

  • In 2019, more than 20 refits were undertaken by List GC.
  • List GC was not involved in the initial fitting of two new projects out of these 20 (162.5 m motor yacht, 70 m sailing yacht).
  • Altogether, more than 350 refit projects have already been undertaken.
  • In June 2019, List GC was responsible for refits in 26 apartments at “The World – Residences at Sea” at the dry dock in Cadíz.