Session 5-A:

Virtually every single refit project involves expensive exterior refinishing work of one sort or another. Large and small-scale painting contractors and applicators swarm over the vessel to shelter, strip, sand, prime, paint, and re-paint hulls and superstructures. But what actual specifications and standards are being imposed on the contractor’s climate/environment control, chemical formulations, preparation process, application, and finish? How does an owner objectively know that the finished job measures up to the proper specification and standard? What is “smooth?” What is “durable?” A growing dimension of refit work is found in the field of independent coatings consulting, involving everything from coatings condition surveys to application supervision and final approval, all aimed toward reliably defined application standards in superyacht painting. Yacht engineer and owner’s representative Dean Vaughan will join with a professional yacht coatings consultant for a thorough conversation on the intricacies of ensuring a proper and durable result.


Thursday, April 11, 1:15-2:30pm

Dean Vaughan

Dean Vaughan

Engineer, Owner's Rep

Dean Vaughan is the founder of Benchmark Yacht, a consulting group helping initiate, manage, and conclude major refit projects for yacht management companies and owners. He is a licensed chief engineer who grew up around the working boats and boatbuilders of Western Australia, serving a four-year apprenticeship studying large engineering systems maintenance and repair, and developing the skills of the mechanical fitter, machinist, welder, fabricator, and shipbuilding tradesman. He then attended maritime college and worked as a sub-contractor, installing, commissioning, and providing after-sales service and warranty work on the motor yachts, patrol boats and commercial vessels he helped to build. He has sailed the world’s oceans as a yacht engineer on vessels from 100 to 315 feet, working with diesel & hybrid power plants, turbines, and water jets. He has represented owners on custom new-builds, and overseen numerous refits. He is certified in workplace training and education.

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