The former Rondo C, now Fuero C, is a classical motor yacht of the 1980s, with two and a half decks and a round displacement hull built in steel.
Built in 1984 at Cantiere de Santa Margherita (Italy), she was later upgraded to MCA rule and had a hard top built over her fly bridge, which gave a shade and rain protected area both for the outside steering station and the dining area behind it. This add on was considered a plus, while planning the refit, and it was decided to keep it and improve its use by modifying the leisure area of the fly bridge.

A sturdy, well engineered and well built yacht, the former Rondo C was intensively used in the luxury charter trade, during which time she benefited from generous and continuous maintenance, which involved several yard interventions. Her new owner found in her an excellent base for a general refit, to include modern accommodation and systems, whilst respecting her classical and well kept construction.

This explains why the original Gardner engines, real workhorses of a power plant as any experienced captain will appreciate, were kept, as well as two auxiliary generators installed during a previous refit, together with much of the engine room layout.

As for the rest of the yacht, namely accommodation and electrical systems, all was renewed. Monty North scrapped all wood work and panelling to get to the bare metal. The all steel construction demanded a thorough check of all metal structures, which were found in good state. Only a few elements needed to be changed, as well as a small amount of piping and a few seacocks.

RETRO SILHOUETTE - MODERN DECOR

While pleased with the retro silhouette of the yacht, the new owner wanted a completely new and modern décor in Fuero C’s accommodation. He also desired better and more modern amenities such as more efficient air conditioning, better entertainment and more communications.

The stylist chosen was Josep Joanpere, one of Barcelona’s best known architects, who used - as a main theme - the lines of horizontally oriented teak panels which, highlighted by subtle horizontal recesses, linked the different elements such as side tables, shells, drawers and auxiliary pieces.

Hand stitched leather details were used to decorate and give a touch of sensuality to most of the drawers, doors and other elements. Massive pieces such as tabletops, staircase boxes and coffee tables were, by contrast, built in much darker, heavier wengé, offering a sparking contrast and an aura of solidity. The main floor was covered with a dark carpet, while the floors in the cabins used a clearer off white textured wool.

The result tended to minimalism, but it wasn't quite that, as Japanese elements provided a secondary theme, with sliding gridded screens used to hide, or show, windows and portholes. Good lamps, good textiles and an accent on quality, rather than showing off, created a balanced, contemporary décor, where the owner and his guests would feel relaxed and comfortable.

Main Saloon

The saloon space was enlarged, by moving forward the kitchen bulkhead, which helped create additional space for a dining table and allowed a new use for the forward main deck room, a window surrounded area that was, previously, a formal dining room. This space is now a cosy and useful office cum media room, which gives the interior of the yacht lots of new life style possibilities. It has a full media TV and music centre, plus a working desk and very comfortable sofas and seats.

Besides creating this new media and entertainment room and enlarging the main saloon, the staircase to the owner’s cabin was modified and two pantograph doors were added to port and starboard for the galley and the corridor. The guest stateroom area layout was changed and the bridge received a complete facelift.

Galley

The galley was completely rebuilt in a striking silver and white décor, with Corian floor, counters and walls. The equipment was professional standard; Gaggenau oven, Smeg cooking fixtures, two front opening new fridges and hotel style trash treatment.

Main deck

The main deck was based on a very efficient and classic design and only needed improved access to the crew quarters, located under the foredeck. This allowed for a new and better designed sun bed in the area. Also, the gunwale stanchions, which has deen raised to comply with MCA regulations, were restored to original height and additional stainless steel stanchions were removed from the aft deck gunwhale, to improve visibility and a feeling of contact with the sea.

Fly bridge

The tender location and crane, and the rigid top built over the steering station were respected. A new steering console and a new al fresco dining area were built.

The upper deck steelwork was cut, in order to build a new staircase conneting the main aft deck with the fly bridge, which previously had only been accessible from the protected bridge. The new steering and command station was fitted with electronic micro commands, of similar design to those on the main bridge.

Other new features included exterior waterproof speakers, lexan windscreen, Ccontemporary design sun beds and a newly designed antenna mast, which integrates different systems on a solid bimini. Plus a new dining area with an L shaped bench, wengé design table and contemporary chairs.

Bridge

New horizontal teak panelling, on the bridge, followed the yacht's new theme. New instrument and commanding consoles, were set in a leather covered carbon fibre console. To improve space, the main electrical panel was moved from one side to the aft bulkhead. Other changes included new running lights and alarms; new air conditioning; refurbished stainless steel and glass bridge windows, with the side windows now sliding down to allow fresh air intake and direct contact with the deck; new electronic engine micro commands and a Recaro driving seat.

Equipent includes, 2 ARPA radars, with 72 and 64 miles range, Nobeltec navigation software on a specific PC located on the starboard chart table, CCTV surveillance network with two cameras -a stern facing camera in the aft deck and a fully operative zoom and direc -tional in the engine room, alarm network, which divides the yacht in two main sections, plus engine room, DSC equipped SSB transceiver and DSC equipped VHF set.

 

Owner’s cabin

The owner of the Fuero C sleeps in the wider part of the hull, right aft of the engine room, and hasdirect access from the main saloon via a private staircase. While renovating the room the designer managed to fit in a new dressing space, next to the bathroom, without losing space in the bedroom itself. New horizontal teak panelling followed the new yacht theme, with hand stitched leather fittings for cabinets, drawers and other joinery. Sliding wood screens, with textile Japanese style, were added to shade the hull portholes.

The main central bed is in solid laminated teak, with textile bed head. Numerous side tables, cabinets and shelves form sculptural furniture on both sides.

The new dressing area includes hanging space, shelves, glass shelves and hand stitched leather finishing, with Wengé and raw teak furniture for the bath area. There is a full glass hand basin, three sided mirror, Donrbracht water fixtures, glass and steel closing anel for the WC compartment and a “Japanese” shower compartment, closed by glass and steel.

Guest cabins

Three guest cabins are located in the lower deck, forward of the engine rooms. A staircase leading from the main deck starboard corridor now opens onto a small platform, where the VIP cabin stands forward, while the two symmetrical twin bed guest cabins are accessible facing aft. All these cabins have new teak, with horizontal stripe decoration in all walls and panels. Again, the furniture has hand stitched leather fittings and details and there are sliding wood screens, with textile Japanese style shades over the portholes. In addition to reading lamps, the new ceiling - in off white lacquer - has overhead lighting. The bathrooms are done in a similar style to that of the owner’s cabin.

Crew Area

There are two double cabins, with ensuite bathrooms; a laundry with washer and dryer, with a new access through a foredeck hatch.

Hull

The whole hull was stripped out and all steel work was treated and checked. A new coat of protective paint was applied to all interior structures and the exterior was faired and painted. The original zinc anodes were replaced with a Proytec cathodic protection system.

FUERO C SPECIFICATION

Length O.A.: 29 m
Length W.L.: 24 m
Beam: 6,30 m
Draft: 2,10 m
Displacement: 130 tons
Cruising speed: 10 knots
Original Builder: Cantiere Santa Margherita (1984)
Refit: Monty North (2006)