Refit & Restoration
In addition to having vision for new creations, Pedrick Yacht Designs (PYD)
has the knowledge and engineering skill to restore neglected, classic
yachts back to prime condition, and to improve or repair yachts designed by
others. Full restorations of classic wooden yachts have involved structural
engineering, stability assessment, sail plan and helm balance review, sail
handling hardware selection, deck layout and rating optimization. Re-fits
often entail these skills, along with diverse services such as the design
of new keels and rudders, propulsion systems and watertight subdivision to
meet US Coast Guard Subchapter T Passenger Vessel requirements and those of
other regulatory authorities.
1930 Fife Six-Meter Restoration
Alana is now a beautiful Fife classic yacht, having been neglected for
decades. Due to a class rule change in 1933 and a missing keel casting,
Pedrick Yacht Designs did what William Fife would have done if he had been
asked at the time - respond to the rule change and fit an updated keel and
rig of the 1935-38 vintage. The restoration involved a full structural
assessment, faithful refinement of her deck plan, sensitivity to her design
era and optimization to the current Six-Meter Class Rule. Alana is now
looking spectacular, excelling in races again and giving her owner much
pride and pleasure.
Two Re-fits - Two Twelve Meter Champions
Pedrick Yacht Designs has been commissioned by several clients in the
Twelve Meter Class since the build-up to the America's Cup Jubilee in 2001,
and is especially pleased with the success of two of our updated designs in
2004. Courageous (12-US26) and Hissar (12-KZ5) both dominated their
respective divisions in their victories at the Twelve Meter North American
Championship Regatta in September 2004.
Pedrick Yacht Designs returned Courageous close to her 1977 America's Cup
winning form during 2002, but refined her deck plan for best advantage
under the current class rule. drew a new keel to be competitive with her
1980-83-vintage competitors, designed a new rudder, made structural
improvements, re-balanced her sail plan for best performance and optimized
her rating characteristics to the current Twelve Meter Rule. As a result of
PYD's expertise, Courageous is now the fastest that she has ever been.
Hissar started life as one of Team New Zealand's 1987 "plastic fantastics,"
a trial horse for her later and faster stablemate, KZ-7. Competing in the
winged-keel division, Hissar seemed a little off the pace in 2003, so her
owner came to Pedrick Yacht Designs for an aggressively competitive upgrade
in keel design and rating optimization. Using an outside consultant in
Computational Fluid Dynamics, PYD designed a new keel and winglets for
optimum, all-around performance. Both Hissar and KZ-7 were very
well sailed in the North American Championships, but Hissar dominated in a
7-0 sweep by comfortable margins throughout the series - evidence of
Pedrick Yacht Designs' technical edge.