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New 46m (150’) sailing yacht concept by Rob Doyle Design

October 22, 2014

The new 46m (150’) sailing yacht concept has been proudly unveiled by Rob Doyle Design. The 46m Rob Doyle superyacht concept is a striking performance ketch, providing the owner, guests, as well as crew with a thrilling ride in full comfort.

46m (150') superyacht concept by Rob Doyle Design

46m (150') superyacht concept by Rob Doyle Design

Rob Doyle Design Philosophy is performant, pragmatic, timeless design, geared to extend the envelope of naval architecture and exterior styling to the modern limits of material science whilst maintaining a philosophy that prioritises safe, fast and comfortable yachts.

From 1996 to 18 months ago Rob Doyle was intricately connected with every Ron Holland Design project. Most notable amongst these projects were charter yacht Felicita West, a 64-metre ketch and at the time the world’s largest aluminium sailing yacht M5 (ex-Mirabella V), 79-metre sloop and the current world record holder as largest single masted yacht, just recently refitted by the office, superyacht Ethereal, 58- metre ketch, reputedly the most technically efficient yacht afloat, luxury yacht Christopher, a 46-metre ketch, also just finished a refit by the office, and the Perini Navi series of which 23 yachts have been delivered to date.

Rob Doyle Design focuses on the naval architecture and styling of power and sailing yachts. Rob Doyle’s studio’s extensive design, build and operations experience across more than thirty power and sailing yachts of over 100 foot in length (5,746feet / 1,750m, average length of 53.1m), plus the myriad other designs for vessels smaller than that magic threshold, positions it well for new projects in this exciting environment.

46m Rob Doyle sailing yacht design

46m Rob Doyle sailing yacht design

Rob Doyle Design is one of the new generation of yacht designers tackling the modern challenges of the large yacht business. With a strong 20-year career evolution in the large yacht sector, his experience is unique in the hands-on field of design, styling, performance, naval architecture and, importantly, classification.

Rob Doyle Design: Trust

The simple answer as to why a client should trust Rob Doyle Design with a commission is to consider the principal’s track record – an attribute and asset that is constantly available to be checked and always ready to be endorsed by past and current clients and collaborators. As in any big creative project the relationship between the client, the designer and the various collaborators is everything. The human approach and the tangible body of work combine to provide confidence in collaborating with Rob Doyle Design.

Rob Doyle Design: Uniqueness

The team’s (7) collective careers span the full evolution of modern yacht design – be it power, sail, race performance, cruising luxury and practicality, from small boats through the superyacht sector’s entire history. But primarily Doyle’s team’s experience is unique in the combination of hands-on design and engineering through operational performance even as far as classification society rules optimisation.

46m Rob Doyle luxury yacht concept

46m Rob Doyle luxury yacht concept

This wide experience base does not however make Rob Doyle Design ‘old-school’, it just puts the company in a situation where it can benefit from its younger design style, imagination and energy levels whilst being genuinely able to keep construction value firmly embedded within its ethos. With the capacity to run several different projects simultaneously Rob Doyle Design has the ability and the competence to work with others as well as lead projects alone.

Hull and Deck Styling and Design

The Rob Doyle designed/styled hull package combines a very powerful performance hull with good sea keeping qualities, combining speed and comfort. This is achieved with a relatively beamy boat with that beam carried well aft, giving a fine angle of entry but still allowing extensive internal volume for a spacious interior layout. The hull form features a chine that carries the beam far out board to give best form stability coupled with a hydrostatic spray rail that aims to keep the wetted surface to a minimum.

Rob Doyle Design uses the latest in VPP (Velocity Prediction Program) and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) technology along with a large database of Tank Test results to provide the backbone of its cutting edge naval architecture.

The combination of a sleek profile, balanced shearline and a plumb bow allows the hull to take full advantage of the longest possible waterline. Careful design on the run aft allows the boat to float dry in light airs, reducing the wetted surface area but soaking up the waterline length when needed for best upwind performance.

The offwind performance will be exceptional. The high stability and high level of control from the twin rudder configuration in combination with the powerful sailplan will give a thrilling ride in full comfort for the owner, guests and crew.

The deck styling is all about exposure of the interior to the exterior with as low sleek glass wraparound superstructure and a distinctive Rob Doyle Designed superstructure styling detail, this enables a very large and secure sky deck to which the client and friends can enjoy the sights and sounds of sailing a yacht of this size in comfort.

The design will lean on Rob Doyle Design’s 20-year experience of designing and building the most advanced aluminium and composite hulls. Rob Doyle Design has been at the cutting edge of this development, having been involved in the design of the world’s largest aluminium sailing hull structure of the 64m Perini Navi Felicita West and later the most technologically advanced aluminium hull of Royal Huisman’s 58m Ethereal, to M5 the world’s largest composite sailing yacht, all three projects pushing the classification societies to new grounds in performance aluminium and composite structures.

The foil package

The fin and bulb keel is designed to give the least drag and gain the maximum stability but to allow the draft of the yacht not to be prohibitive to gaining access to the best cruising grounds. This is achieved by means of a vertical lift keel using a fast acting single hydraulic ram, tried and tested technology that Rob Doyle Design has developed and had passed through the most meticulous classification societies. The twin rudder system is the best solution to allow shallow draft cruising whilst still giving total control of this high performance yacht. The twin rudders allow the owner to push the yacht hard when others need to back off. Power is nothing without control, and this yacht will have an abundance of both.

The Ketch Rig

Bucket Racing has pushed the designers to seek maximum performance from performance cruising yachts. Rob Doyle Design can see great advantage in the rating rules regarding the mast/sail configuration and how the boat is best used in cruising and racing modes. The advantages and performance gains are large for yachts that can complete manoeuvres quickly and with total safety. Often overlooked but the extra undervalued area and weighting of mizzen staysails can give ketch rigs a nice advantage in this style of friendly competition.

Following years of extensive racing on the biggest yachts Rob Doyle Design has developed and optimised the Bucket rig, again maximising performance along the way. The sailplan calls for fast flush deck furlers, coupled with high speed captive winches, enabling quick and safe manoeuvres. The latest advances in the top down furling for asymmetric spinnakers and mizzen staysails keep the crew safe and always allow spinnakers to be dropped at any time. Rob Doyle Design is involved in the largest top down system on a 60m performance sloop which will be delivered later this year.

Coupling this rig with a balanced foil package and a powerful hull shape will give a truly exciting package and lift the performance levels of performance cruising ketches still further.

Main Dimensions of the 46m Rob Doyle superyacht concept

LOA: 46m / 150’

LWL: 35.6m / 117’

BMAX: 9.5m / 31.2’

Draft keel up: 3.8m / 12.5’

Draft keel down: 9m / 25.5’

Max displacement: 285t

Mast height above DWL: 52.7m / 173’

Layout:

1 Master cabin

4 Guest cabins

1 Captain Cabin

3 Crew cabins

Expansion at Marine Results

October 21, 2014

Inspection and rigging specialists, Marine Results, are continuing to grow their operations around the world.  The mid-October week saw the company, which mobilises teams to the dockside of each superyacht and grand prix yacht project, field eight teams in seven separate locations.

Superyacht Salute

Marine Results servicing the rig of superyacht Salute

Projects Manager Ben Porteous, who remains in the Hamble, UK headquarters office with his admin team reports “We are coordinating 16 active Marine Results rigging and NDT specialists at large on some of the world’s largest superyacht rigs, and that is not counting the team that remains here in the UK carrying out regular NDT inspections and rigging supply.”

Director Jon Morris is leading a team of three in San Diego carrying out annual service and rig inspection to mega yacht M5 formerly Mirabella V, the world’s largest sloop. Fellow director Ed Danby also has a team of three in Palma, Mallorca to service the rigs on three well known superyachts: sailing yacht Prana, luxury yacht La Cattiva, and superyacht Salute.

In Trinidad inspection and analysis consultant Ben Pierrepont is carrying out a pre-purchase NDT survey of maxi 80 Idea. Giles Waterhouse, who heads the NDT division and two additional personnel are doing a similar inspection in Palma but this time due to Swan 125 charter yacht Mystery being struck by lightning, necessitating the addition survey of her electrical and electronics systems.

Simon ‘Spoons’ Fairman is at the company’s Mediterranean base in La Ciotat overseeing the rod rigging and four year service on the 40m Dubois charter yacht Valquest.

“Our largest and most distant project,” says Ben “is in Thailand, where our third director Ben Wood is supervising the rig construction of a unique traditionally styled wooden ‘phinisi’, a 65 metre Indonesian sailing ketch, named superyacht Lamima, in a four month project.”

Marine Results has experienced significant expansion in the past two to three years, which is reflected in the number of riggers now employed by the company.  “As the world’s superyacht fleet continues to expand, our formula of taking our expert teams to the dockside in every corner of the world and supplying components where needed, appears to be successful in helping to grow our company,” concludes Ben Porteous.

Doyle Sailmakers fit magnificent 60m Perseus^3 Yacht with sails

August 08, 2014

Following more than two years of design, engineering and construction, Doyle Sailmakers has fit sails on the magnificent new Perini Navi Sloop, Perseus^3 yacht in La Spezia, Italy this past week.  The sail inventory, produced in Salem, Massachusetts, is one of the largest and most complex ever assembled, and will provide a breathtaking and unprecedented racing and sailing experience for the owners and crew. Sailing yacht Perseus^3 is distinguished from her peers with both her carbon clearcoat mast – amongst the tallest in the world – and for her A2 Spinnaker – the world’s largest sail – measuring in at 28,010 square feet (2,602 square meters).

60m Perini Navi Sloop Perseus^3 - Image courtesy of Doyle Sailmakers

60m Perini Navi Sloop Perseus^3 - Image courtesy of Doyle Sailmakers

Two years’ worth of work came together in two days in Italy, as the Mainsail, Reacher and Blade Jib were fitted for the first time.  The yacht will now begin her series of sea trials and sail system trials, gradually adding in the remainder of this spectacular racing inventory.

From the onset, performance was the clear goal of this project. Doyle Sailmakers was involved with the process from the beginning, working with Ron Holland Design, Perini Navi and Future Fibres to optimize every aspect of the sailing experience. The mast was carefully engineered to assist with the massive sail area of the yacht.  From Doyle Sailmaker’s end, the size of the sails entailed a novel approach to both engineering the materials and sail handling.  Taking it one step further, Doyle CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) addressed the challenges of properly balancing the load on the three headstays, with the additional Code 0 Torque Rope, while still maintaining an acceptable headstay sag for the racing requirements of the yacht.  Working with the engineers at Perini Navi, Future Fibers and Germanisher-Lloyd, Doyle CFD helped establish the proper balance and stability of loads on the stays and the sails.

Doyle Sailmakers has long been known for its innovation and this project is no exception.  With prior experience coming from sailing yacht M5, Athos and sailing yacht Kokomo III, Doyle Sailmakers constantly adds new innovations and continues to enhance the overall sailing experience.  New developments for this project include  an inboard end fitting for the battens that isolates both the forward compression of the battens as well as eliminating vertical shifting.  This new design ensures that the custom Perini Navi slides will enter the track without compromising the luff tape – essential to reliable sailing with rollboom mainsails.  Additionally, the working jib, hoisted on a removable inner forestay, necessitates innovative soft hanks that automatically change in diameter as the sail is lowered to allow the sail flake over the larger diameter torque tube at the base of the torque rope.

Perseus^3 superyacht is the first vessel from Perini Navi to include a bow sprit – enabling the yacht to carry a number of massive downwind racing sails.  The two spinnakers are among the largest sails ever made. The A2 measures in at 28,010 square feet (2602 square meters) and utilizes over 3,200 yards of cloth.  Initially, there was no existing fabric capable of delivering high performance, light weight and a ‘soft hand’ for handling.  The solution was an extensively tested fabric that blends Polyester with Dyneema – giving the cloth high strength as well as tear resistance.

The Code 0 will also fly off the sprit, and is being furled on the largest Top Down Furling Cable ever created by Future Fibres.  After previous success with Top Down Furling for Code 0’s – with the cable in a contained luff sleeve – this was selected for luxury yacht Perseus^3 to enable the crew to quickly furl the sail and stow it easily.  The Code 0 has been constructed  using Doyle Sailmaker’s proprietary Stratis process, with curved radial seams to follow the path of the loads and enable precise shaping, high strength and minimal weight.

Perini Navi Group, a leader in the design and construction of many of the world’s largest sailing and motor yachts, has long been one of Doyle Sailmaker’s most important partners in the superyacht market.

“We first worked with Perini Navi on Andromeda la Dea in 1990, which at the time was one of the most technologically sophisticated yachts afloat.  We have been pleased to work with them since on some of their highest performing and noticeable projects – from the majestic 88m Maltese Falcon, the racing oriented 38m Sloop P2, or the signature purple sails of the 50m Ketch Baracuda,”  said Robbie Doyle, CEO of Doyle Sailmakers. ”We always enjoy working with Perini Navi as they share our passion for sailing and innovation, and are always working to deliver the very finest product to their customers.”  In just this last year, Doyle Sailmakers has been fortunate enough to deliver sails to the 56m Ketch Audace, 52m Ketch Tamsen, 50m Ketch …Is A Rose, 50m Ketch Silencio, 45m Sloop Clan VIII, 40m Sloop State of Grace and currently has sails underway for the 56m Ketch Asahi and 45m Sloop Helios.

The mast and boom for Perseus^3 were produced by Future Fibers, and at  75.8m the mast stands among the three tallest rigs ever built in the world.  “We have managed to produce a tube with a perfect exterior surface and a flawless Clearcote gloss Carbon finish with zero filler – which can add up to 3 per cent to the weight of a mast,” according to Future Fibres.   The mast weight is optimized at 16.4 tonnes.  Similarly, the 23.4m carbon fiber furling boom has been manufactured using pre-preg carbon improving structural performance and weight, compared with standard wet–laminate construction. The boom features a new mandrel furling and locking system, as a result of extensive testing and prototyping.

In order to ensure safe sailing, Perseus^3 yacht will feature an exclusive Rig Load Monitoring System that monitors the loads acting on the sails and rig components through a series of strain gauges.

For the handling and control of the impressive sailing system, Perseus^3 features the new generation of Perini Navi captive winches and furlers. The jib winches pull a maximum load of 30 tonnes and have a maximum line speed of 40 meters per minute. Electric variable speed motors and furlers, duly synchronized and monitored by the Perini Navi Automated Sail Handling System, dramatically improve furling and deploy times while speeding the tacking and jibing time by over 75% compared to vessels of the previous generation.

Sail Inventory:

Main Sail: 808 m2 The mast features 4 main sail locks: 1 full hoist + 3 reefs Batten car system Cunningham ram

Reacher: 1,160 m2

Blade Jib: 706 m2 with carbon vertical battens

Working Jib: 370 m2 On soft hanks and removable torque cable

Code 0: 1,804 m2 On the biggest torque cable TDF ever built by Future Fibres

A2: 2,602 m2

A3: 2,173 m2

Spinnaker Staysail: 721 m2

Technical Features

Mast: 75.8m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres

Boom: 23.4m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres

Standing rigging: Lateral Rigging in Carbon Fibre Aft and Fore Stays in Carbon+PBO+Kevlar

Busy winter superyacht refit season for Pendennis

July 16, 2014

The winter refit season has been busy for Pendennis at the Falmouth yard. A total number of 9 luxury superyachts, with an average length of over 50m, have benefitted from the modern facilities in Pendennis’ three new construction halls, which were full since their completion.

New Pendennis Construction Halls

New Pendennis Construction Halls

Refit projects have included motor yacht Siran, the completion of the substantial 24 month remodelling and refit of sailing yacht M5, and the ongoing restoration of luxury yacht Malahne. Alongside these the yard welcomed Pendennis-built Rebecca yacht, charter yacht Nostromo and superyacht Christopher back to the yard for refit and survey works. Hall 3 is currently being used for the 31.3m Dubois sailing yacht new build project.

Sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) leaves Pendennis after comprehensive refit

April 28, 2014

Following her comprehensive 24-month refit at the Pendennis Shipyard,  the newly refitted sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) left Falmouth in the UK recently. M5 yacht arrived at the shipyard in the spring of 2012 and underwent an extensive refit carried out by the yard in collaboration with the Owner’s team, all of whom were working with determination to remodel and modernise this icon of the superyacht industry.

M5 sailing yacht - Sail trials Pendennis Andrew Wright photography

M5 sailing yacht - Sail Trials - Pendennis - Andrew Wright Photography

A beautiful sleek new exterior profile from the drawing boards of her original designer Ron Holland Design: “All involved at Ron Holland Design were excited to contribute to the extensive refit of M5. This ground breaking sailing yacht has gained a new life, incorporating her new owners personal detailing requirements as well as new engines, genets, and many related systems. The intention is to ensure M5 can remain in world voyaging condition for the foreseeable future.” The result is a truly remarkable record breaking superyacht that provides sumptuous living and entertainment spaces on board for up to 16 guests.

M5 yacht  - Sail Trials Pendennis - Andrew Wright Photography

M5 yacht - Sail Trials - Pendennis - Andrew Wright Photography

The M5 superyacht refit project brought together a number of well-known industry names to bring the Owners vision to life. New lightweight carbon rigging was designed and manufactured by Carbo-link with OYS making all the fittings. Marine Results fitted all the rigging onto the mast. An elegant art deco inspired interior created by the team at Redman Whiteley Dixon. As Toby Ecuyer, Director, explained: “We were privileged to be involved in the transformation of this truly magnificent yacht. The Owner’s unfailing vision, dedication and trust coupled with Pendennis’ expertise established the foundations of an extraordinary project.  In concert with a remarkable collective of talented craftsmen, designers, engineers and project managers, all of whom have worked tirelessly to transform M5 into truly impressive Superyacht; we have very much enjoyed working with Ron Holland and his team, the crew and of course so many familiar faces at PSY during this remarkable refit project.”

Superyacht M5 Sail trials Pendennis Andrew Wright photography

Superyacht M5 Sail Trials - Pendennis - Andrew Wright Photography

Following the completion of her final fit-out, sail trials and systems testing earlier this year M5 left Falmouth bound for the South Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in early April. Rocka Romcke, Captain and Owner’s Rep on M5 yacht commented: “We are all incredibly proud of our involvement in and management of the extensive refit on M5. Working together with all of our key project partners, we have given M5 a new lease of life and prepared her for her next adventure.”

Further Information:

Pendennis has one of the world’s leading custom superyacht build and refit facilities. Building on hundreds of years of local maritime heritage, Pendennis has become one of Cornwall’s most important employers – with over 350 highly skilled trades people based at the 6.5 acre prime water front location in Falmouth, UK.

The yard’s current development plans have seen the available undercover space increased to provide three water-facing main sheds which consist of 2x90m and 1x45m construction halls. This has provided additional flexible undercover space for Pendennis increasing capacity for both new build and refit contracts for 30-100m superyachts. The yard has taken delivery of a 600tonne travel hoist to support these new facilities. This year Pendennis will be developing an adjustable-depth wet basin to accommodate superyachts before and after their time in the yard.*

Over the past few years the company has expanded with the creation of the Pendennis Palma refit facility in 2011. The creation of Pendennis Plus (following the acquisition of Devonport Yachts in 2011) added expertise in the 60m+ arena, and in 2013 the company extended their yacht support service to the Pacific. Having celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013, Pendennis continues to continually improve its facilities and international reputation.

Current projects include:

Remodelled sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) leaves Pendennis

April 28, 2014

The remodelled sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) has recently departed Falmouth in the UK, following her major 24-month refit at Pendennis. Since her arrival at the UK yard in the spring of 2012, M5 yacht’s project scope has grown extensively, with the Owners team working tirelessly to remodel and modernise this icon of the superyacht industry.

M5 Yacht Sail trials - Photo credit to Pendennis and Andrew Wright photography

M5 Yacht Sail trials - Photo credit to Pendennis and Andrew Wright photography

A beautiful sleek new exterior profile from the drawing boards of her original designer Ron Holland Design: “All involved at Ron Holland Design were excited to contribute to the extensive refit of M5. This ground breaking sailing yacht has gained a new life, incorporating her new owners personal detailing requirements as well as new engines, genets, and many related systems. The intention is to ensure M5 can remain in world voyaging condition for the foreseeable future.” The result is a truly remarkable record breaking superyacht that provides sumptuous living and entertainment spaces on board for up to 16 guests.

Luxury yacht M5 Sail trials - Photo credit to Pendennis and Andrew Wright photography

Luxury yacht M5 Sail trials - Photo credit to Pendennis and Andrew Wright photography

The project brought together a number of well-known industry names to bring the Owners vision to life. New lightweight carbon rigging was designed and manufactured by Carbo-link with OYS making all the fittings. Marine Results fitted all the rigging onto the mast. An elegant art deco inspired interior created by the team at Redman Whiteley Dixon. As Toby Ecuyer, Director, explained: “We were privileged to be involved in the transformation of this truly magnificent yacht. The Owner’s unfailing vision, dedication and trust coupled with Pendennis’ expertise established the foundations of an extraordinary project.  In concert with a remarkable collective of talented craftsmen, designers, engineers and project managers, all of whom have worked tirelessly to transform M5 into truly impressive Superyacht; we have very much enjoyed working with Ron Holland and his team, the crew and of course so many familiar faces at PSY during this remarkable refit project.”

Mega yacht M5 Sail trials - Photo credit to Pendennis and Andrew Wright photography

Mega yacht M5 Sail trials - Photo credit to Pendennis and Andrew Wright photography

Following the completion of her final fit-out, sail trials and systems testing earlier this year M5 yacht left Falmouth bound for the South Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in early April. Rocka Romcke, Captain and Owners Rep on M5 commented: “We are all incredibly proud of our involvement in and management of the extensive refit on M5. Working together with all of our key project partners, we have given M5 a new lease of life and prepared her for her next adventure.”

Successful sea trials for Ron Holland-designed mega yacht M5

January 29, 2014

This month has seen the world-renowned designer Ron Holland join his mega yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) in the UK‘s Falmouth for successful sea trials off the Cornwall coast. After weeks of watching weather reports, the sea conditions on Friday, January 17, provided a great opportunity to put sailing yacht M5 through her paces. Ron Holland wanted to see this luxury superyacht perform as he had envisioned when he designed her.

Superyacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) under sail in January 2014  - Image courtesy of Ron Holland Design

Superyacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) under sail in January 2014 - Image courtesy of Ron Holland Design

The extensive Refit Program increased the overall length of M5 yacht, and related deck spaces, replaced her original conventional steel rod rigging with lighted carbon textile rigging, a new keel, and rudder updates. These developments are aimed at improved sailing performance, they take advantage of the latest materials not available during her original construction.

Ron Holland and Mike Carr, joint managing director of Pendennis Shipyard on deck of the M5 Yacht during Sailing Trials

Ron Holland and Mike Carr, joint managing director of Pendennis Shipyard on deck of the M5 Yacht during Sailing Trials - Image courtesy of Ron Holland Design

Wind speeds of 18 knots to 23 knots gave the opportunity to put the ‘new M5 superyacht’ (ex Mirabella V) through sailing trials in the North Atlantic. Ron Holland was delighted that she performed up to his most optimistic performance predictions.

Besides the completely new interior styling by Redman Whiteley Dixon, interior designers based in the UK, other significant developments included updated engines and generators.

m5 superyacht anchored in Cornwall in January 2014

m5 superyacht anchored in Cornwall in January 2014 - Image courtesy of Ron Holland Design

During the Sailing Trials the M5 yacht crew and Pendennis team put this giant sloop through her paces in a variety of wind conditions, for a very successful result.

Below is a gallery for the luxurious charter yachts with design by Ron Holland.

Video of mega yacht M5′s 89m mast re-stepped by Marine Results

January 10, 2014

In the small hours of October 13, 2013, the top British superyacht rigging and survey company, Marine Results, put the gigantic 89-metre high rig back into the Pendennis-refitted 78m mega yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V), in a huge operation that required several cranes as well as dozens of personnel. Below is a video from the re-stepping of the sailing yacht M5′s 89m mast, released by Marine Results.

Superyacht Shipyard Expansion for Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine

December 20, 2013

Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine has expanded its facility and tripled its superyacht yard capacity, as more superyachts come to Thailand’s first dedicated superyacht facility, based in Bangkok, for refit work.

Superyacht refit and repair team at Yacht Solutions

Since the partnership began in January between Yacht Solutions and Italthai Marine (ITM) at Samut Prakarn in Bangkok Yacht Solutions has received more enquiries for shipyard work than ever before and has already undertaken work on 43-metre charter yacht Douce France, 45-metre charter yacht Big Fish, 52-metre motor yacht Elysium, a 60-metre Oceanco MY, 62-metre SY Lamima and 40-metre superyacht Amoha.

Gareth Twist, managing director of Yacht Solutions commented, “Whilst the larger yachts are now travelling to Bangkok to undertake refit, repair, paint and remedial work; we are still working on yachts in Phuket. Our yard in Bangkok offers a fantastic alternative to yachts considering Singapore or having to travel out of the region to Australia, New Zealand or Europe. We offer the best value for money in terms of superyacht expertise, experience, quality and pricing. By running two Yacht Solutions’ teams in both Phuket and Bangkok, we have the option to run any sized project at any time, giving our clients the flexibility they need.”

Floating dock

This new expansion increases Yacht Solutions’ superyacht facilities by 300% expanding its refit capabilities for hauling-out and opens up a great yard option for any resident yachts and superyachts passing through the Gulf of Thailand. This facility is accessible to all of Southeast Asia being less than 800 nautical miles from Singapore.

Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine is expanding in response to the demand for more superyacht refit and repair facilities in the Asian region from both owners of superyachts based in Asia and those  travelling from Europe and America.

To satisfy this increase in demand for yard time, in addition to increasing its dedicated yard space within ITM, Yacht Solutions has also had to increase the size of its teams. The local area has benefited from the arrival of these luxury yachts, with more crews needing to be housed locally, the restaurants and bars seeing an increase in customers and also more local tradesman are being taken on by Yacht Solutions at ITM.

Gareth Twist commented, “We are very excited to be expanding our yard area to accommodate more yachts. And we have been able to double our workforce in only 6 months and we are still looking to further expand our team and bring in more superyacht professionals to run these teams.”

In October, Gareth Lewis joined the team as a highly experienced project manager with over 35 years in the yachting industry. He is currently managing the build of the 62-metre Lamima. This Phinisi, a traditionally built Indonesian two-masted sailing ship and is due for completion in 2014. Gareth has been involved with many high profile projects including SY Mirabella V, which to date still has the tallest rig in the world and Charter Yacht Sojana, a Farr design 115 foot ketch.

Steve Lodge works as the chief superyacht engineer overseeing all the technical aspects of major refit projects in the yard. He has over 24 years of marine engineering experience on yachts up to 90 metres. Previously he has worked in shipyards such as MB92 Barcelona, as well as others in Malaysia and Australia.

Thailand born Tossapon Mondee is the operations manager for Yacht Solutions at ITM, a highly trained professional, he graduated from Sukhothai Tammathirat University in Construction Management. He has worked in marine related companies in Thailand for over 26 years. He oversees the Thai refit teams working on the large yacht projects in the shipyard.

Rob ‘Doc’ Taylor is a project manager and electrical engineer who has been involved in the superyacht industry for close to 20 years. Doc has a background in marine electrical engineering and a career exposed to all elements of the industry, including chief engineer on various luxury yachts including MY Monaco and Michaela Rose, fleet engineer for yacht manufacturers such as Leight Notika Yachts and project manager for a number of yacht refit companies including Adam Marine.

Gareth Twist added, “Our aim is to create Asia’s best-in-class superyacht refit team. We have a tremendous pool of talented tradesmen here in Thailand and this facility combines European management, standards and quality with the renowned finishing skills of Thai craftsmen. Our unique combination ensures international standards are maintained while owners receive exceptional value for money and service due to the efficiencies of operating out of Thailand. With this facility we are able to compete with the European yards but with the distinct advantage of a lower labour cost base.”

MY Elysium, a 52-metre Benetti was in the yard for 3 weeks undertaking various engineering work, antifouling and woodwork. Captain Andreas Pape commented on his experience “the project management and knowledgeable technical assistance by the western yacht engineers stands out in Asia, we experienced a highly personalised service.” This was “an efficient and cost effective haul-out where every job was done as good and fast as possible and this was greatly appreciated.”

Simon Twist, operations director of Yacht Solutions at ITM is based in Bangkok and said, “Looking to 2014 we already have yard bookings for a 62-metre motor yacht and a 38-metre catamaran. So our future plans are to upgrade the floating dock, continue to develop additional space in the yard for yachts and increase the skill-base and staffing.”

Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine is determined to create the very best superyacht facility in Asia. This 112,000 square metre facility offering full shipbuilding and repair capabilities plus a bonded warehouse and in-house design office. Yacht Solutions at Italthai Marine is ISO 9001:2000 rated and boasts a lifting capacity up to 95 metres and 3,500 tonnes. It has access to two 115 metre dry docks, 300 metre alongside berthing, a floating dock up to 160 metres and 5000 tonnes lift capacity, making this the largest superyacht repair facility in Asia.

This has been the busiest year yet for Yacht Solutions and as predicted this yard is full for refits for this year. This is great news for the superyacht industry in Thailand and for the Asia-Pacific region.

Photos of Pendennis-refitted 78m superyacht M5 afloat released by Ron Holland

November 12, 2013

World-renowned designer, Ron Holland, has released the images of superyacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) afloat, following her extensive refit at Pendennis in Falmouth, England. The majestic 78-metre luxury yacht M5 remains the largest single mast sailing yacht in existence, boasting the highest mast in the world. Next year, she will be enjoying the azure waters of the breath-taking yacht charter destination – the South Pacific, and beyond.

Pendennis-refitted superyacht M5 originally designed by Ron Holland afloat

Pendennis-refitted superyacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) originally designed by Ron Holland afloat - Image courtesy of Ron Holland

Luxury sailing yacht M5 afloat

Luxury sailing yacht M5 afloat - Image courtesy of Ron Holland

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts with design by Ron Holland.