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55’ Discovery Yacht Refit

The Refit of Pamela, a 55’ Discovery Yacht

Download a detailed brochure of the Refit of Pamela, a 55’ Discovery Yacht

Download a detailed brochure of the Refit of Pamela, a 55’ Discovery Yacht

When seasoned yacht racer Eamon Crosbie was searching for his next sailing adventure, he turned to Berthon for their help.

Eamon bought a Discovery 55’, hull number 003, from us and set about refitting and refurbishing her at Berthon so that she could be ready for the next sailing adventure. Eamon is the first to admit that he’s more used to wearing a dry suit and eating freeze dried food whilst sailing, rather than having the creature comforts that come with the type of blue water cruiser he opted for this time round. Our relationship with Eamon began in 2009 when we sold his Ker 32’, Voodoo Chile, in Singapore; a boat that had seen him compete in, and win, the Irish and British Nationals, Round Ireland, Commodores Cup and 4th in the Fastnet. Eamon is a seasoned racer by anyone’s standards.

“I’m more than pleased with the boat and I’m more than pleased with the work that’s been done.”

Eamon Crosbie


Pamela in the Big Blue Shed - - discovery 55 refit - Berthon


With our blue water cruising experience, and numerous suitable yachts available on-site at our Lymington HQ, it wasn’t long before Eamon opted for the Discovery 55′. Once the initial sea trial, surveyor report and paperwork had been completed, she was renamed PAMELA and a meeting was set between Eamon and our Manager of Refit & Repair, Robin Milledge. At the meeting, the surveyor’s report was reviewed along with the long and short term plans for the yacht. Based on Eamon’s requirements, we created a project plan for what would be an extensive refit.

Eamon talks at length about the refit of PAMELA below.

Leaving the shed post refit - discovery 55 refit - Berthon

Eamon’s plans are now to sail PAMELA back to Ireland followed by a summer in the Med, longer term plans (3-4 years) are being hatched to sail in the World ARC split with a year or two spent sailing in the Pacific. Knowing this, and having the detailed surveyors report, gives our Manager a clear indication of the demands that will be placed on the yacht. Berthon understands the different ways in which to prepare a yacht; whether it’s going to be used for gentle family cruising around the Solent, or a full circumnavigation. As she got closer to the launch date Eamon, with the mind of a racing yachtsman and with a North Sails office on site, had ordered a full set of North 3Di sails. We have a suspicion that PAMELA will be setting some records for Discovery 55s’ in the very near future. Everyone at Berthon wishes Eamon and his new yacht PAMELA fair winds and good sailing.

Detailed Summary of Work


2000 hour engine service – Carried out to the letter, or as per the Yanmar book!

Gas system serviced – Updated and serviced to certified safety standards.

Major service of – Generator, fuel and refrigeration systems.

“From an engine point of view she runs beautifully and the mast looks superb; and the whole finish of the boat with the way she was turned out, it looks absolutely fantastic. So I can’t really pinpoint any one area, I think overall I’m very, very pleased with the result.”

Eamon Crosbie

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Wooden surfaces – All varnished surfaces were refurbished including the cockpit and saloon tables

Soft furnishings – New saloon upholstery in cream leather. New linen and duvets to all cabins


We upgraded the entertainment system, including the addition of:

Apple TV
Flat screen TV’s
Sonos sound system

Bluetooth speakers
NAS Drive for video/music storage

Installed a network switch – The switch acts like an entertainment hub, into which all the yachts entertainment media runs. It sits forward of the saloon seatient Berthon_Pamela-Refit_final-2ng.

Installed a NAS drive – This is connected to the TV in the saloon. We also ran the Yacht Router into the hub, to bring in Wi-Fi from one antenna, and 2G/3G and
4G from another antenna.

Installed Sonos amplifiers and speakers – The network switch also hosts two Sonos Connect amplifiers. One powers ceiling speakers in the saloon and the other powers
speakers in the cockpit. There are two separate twin Sonos Play 1 speakers in the aft and forward cabin.

Created four distinct entertainment zones – Set up distinct entertainment zones in the aft cabin, saloon, forward cabin and cockpit. The same music can be p
layed throughout, or entirely different music in each of the four areas. The entire system can be controlled from a smartphone, tablet or laptop using the Sonos app.

Future proofed the system – The system can be updated when the yacht is able to access Wi-Fi; live data can be streamed when this is feasible. At sea, the system works from the LAN, plays music from the NAS drive or any other media provider connected to the network. We’ve ensured that the Yacht Router will be able to utilise satellite technology as it becomes available, for global connectivity.

Sea trial - discovery 55 refit - Berthon


Reinforced transom and aft deck for davits – Knees cut, engineered and fitted to strengthen transom and aft decks in way of davit mounts.

Refurbish steering and rudder bearings – Stripped out the rudder for full inspection. Re-align rudder stops, refurbish rudder bearings and steering system.

Complete mast refurbishment – Mast was completely stripped and all parts blasted back to bare aluminium and surface corrosion repairs addressed. Mast, spreaders, boom and spinnaker pole, together will all fittings were painted with Awlgrip Awlcraft 2000. Mast re-built, with new sheaves and hardware, new spreader light, navigation lights and mast cable and all standing and running rigging replaced.

Refurbished teak decks and capping rail – The caulking was proud of the teak so was pared back and recaulked where necessary. Decks were sanded smooth to rejuvenate the teak. The deck refurbishment was the forerunner for more work on the capping rail and pulpit and push pit seats to bring these up to the same standard as the decks.

New deck hatches – All old hatches were removed and replaced with new Lewmar Medium Profile hatches. Internal hatch surrounds were all refurbished and new Ocean Air blinds fitted in the cabins and saloon windows.

New coach roof port lights – All opening port lights were fitted with new acrylics and seals.

New safety equipment – To adhere to World ARC safety regulations we fitted a new life raft and supplied new life jackets, harness lines and jackstays.

New deck hardware including clutches and blocks – Deck hardware was partially replaced including all the sheet blocks. These were upgraded to Harken deck blocks and the existing track and mainsheet car was refurbished.

New graphics – After cutting and polishing the topsides we added the new name and yacht club.

Custom stainless bowsprit – In order to fly the newly purchased asymmetric spinnaker we fabricated a stainless steel bow sprit to fit the stem head fitting.

A drop of Champagne - - discovery 55 refit - Berthon