Surveyors’ Experience with Crafts of the Ferretti Group


All three surveyors of the marineSOLUTIONS team, Cem Baykent, Capt. Naci Arıcı and Dr. Yusuf Civelekoğlu, have been at some stage part of a Ferretti Master Service. Formed on 31.3.2009, this was at that time the first and only Ferretti Master Service outside Italy. The Ferretti Group appoints few of their service points as Master Service, and only if a service point has proven, in a consistent manner, to be able to carry out complex repairs to a good standard.

As the Ferretti Service and later the Master Service, we have experienced thousands of issues of the group yachts and thus covered almost all aspects of the vessels. One incident, namely, the grounding of a Ferretti 881, is of particular importance to us.

The 881 had run aground at full cruising speed. She survived, came off and was fortunate to be quickly towed to and drydocked at a marina nearby.

As can be imagined, the vessel’s aft had suffered severely. All propulsion elements of both sides – from props to gearboxes, had heavy damage. Above all, both brackets were stowed in, causing heavy structural damages to the aft sections of the vessel. On top of this, there was flooding damage.

Surveyor Cem Baykent had just recently become part of the Master Service and already had displayed bright eyes and a bushy tail in a few minor refits. Owing to his very convincing performance, we, the management, entrusted him the duty to inspect and quote for the damage repairs of this particular grounding. To cut a long story short, Cem did inspect and quote. He was also instrumental in securing the work approval from the captain. In that process he patiently dealt, next to the captain, with the owner, the insurance surveyor and the insurers. He managed the spare part logistics, the repairs, the sea trials and the delivery of the vessel.

In the interim, due to our good performance, additional requests from the owner started to come in and at the end we successfully completed a list of more than 300 work orders in addition to the grounding damages.

The Vessel had been left neglected for a long time, before the crew took her over. This created issues in addition to the grounding and flooding damages. We replaced the generators, sanitized the fuel tank and dealt with a serious termite invasion inside the wall panels and in the floorboard frames. We managed to resolve the severe Naviop irregularities.

The project lasted for only about 12 weeks but the budget exceeded 300.000 Euros.

The delivery of the Vessel was a complete success for both parties.

The Vessel left the marina at the onset of winter and sailed to Italy.

About three months later we received an unsolicited and very sincere letter of recognition by the captain in which he thanked us, and in particular Cem, for “really high quality works and great service”, to “provide us service according to best European quality standards”. Cem received personal thanks even for bridging “cultural differences”. The repairs had gone well, once again.

It is much desired that a surveyor has a background with hands on experience about the subjects with which he deals.

Dr. Yusuf Civelekoğlu, CMI

Some Images from the Project


Propellers after the incident


Hull structure around the p-brackets


Re-laminated hull


Re-laminated interior


Re-bonded shaft logs – interior and exterior views


Fuel tank before – after photos


Left: Condition of the interior walls and floorboard panels. Right: Capillary roads of the termites.


Condition at the launching