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The submarine USS Angler during a refit in 1962

Refitting or refit of boats and marine vessels includes repairing, fixing, restoring, renewing, mending, and renovating an old vessel. Refitting has become one of the most important activities inside a shipyard. It offers a variety of services for an old vessel of any size and kind starting with the construction itself and what is added to it, such as hardware, electric & hydraulic systems, entertainment systems, etc.[citation needed]

Ship refits can range from relatively small changes to and including cutting the ship in half to facilitate near-total overhauls and redesign of interior spaces and modification or replacement of engines, systems or other equipment.[1]

Refitting can be divided[according to whom?] into several main subjects:

  • Adding or replacing: for example replacing old deck equipment with new or refurbished ones.
  • Modifying: for example modifying a yacht for participating in winning a regatta.
  • Customizing: for example customizing a yacht for the owner's needs and desires.
  • Modernizing: for example modernizing an old yacht with modern styling, technologies and systems.
  • Restoring: for example restoring an old wooden boat for preservation.


Examples of recent ship refits include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Top 10 cruise ship refit and refurbishments in 2020". Cruise Arabia & Africa. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Pacific Encounter refit transforms ship after leaving Princess fleet". Cruise Arabia & Africa. 15 February 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Upcoming Cruise Ship Refurbishments". CruiseCritic. 19 January 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.

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