2 Feb 2023

KOKOMO II refit for fun

An icon of Australian boat building heritage, the totally bespoke M/Y Kokomo II spent eight months at Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, in the hands of the skilled marine tradespeople and contractors on-site, undergoing a hull extension and several other complex upgrades.

The 37.5-metre/123-foot motor yacht Kokomo II (ex-Achilles II charter yacht) was designed by Jack Hargrave and built by Lloyds Ships at their Brisbane shipyard and delivered in 1987.

Under the direction of Rivergate project manager, Marty Johnson, Kokomo II underwent a full repaint, the addition of new teak decks, hull extension, a new lazarette and engine overhaul.

Captain Luke Caldwell has been at the helm for 11 years. Here, Luke explains the refit process and how he and the RMS team ensured it went to plan.