What is involved when commissioning new builds? West Nautical are here to guide us through, with a yacht management case study.

One of West Nautical‘s yacht management services is new build project management. Today, we will gain an insight into this through looking at a real yacht management case study.

The process ranges from sourcing quotes from multiple suppliers for comparison purposes, to having someone on the ground managing the day-to-day operations. Therefore, West Nautical have the experience to guide you through every step of the yacht management process. Which is naturally an involved and exciting process. West Nautical have overseen many launches, working closely with the very best designers and builders to manage construction. 

West Nautical have become recognised as one of the most respected, trusted, knowledgeable and accountable firms in yachting – largely due to our relentless determination to act in our clients’ best interests. Their approach and attitude is transparent, focused on providing the best service for their clients.

So, what exactly happens in the yacht management process?

West Nautical are here to tell you about their role in the successful project management of the new build motor yacht KD. 

Yacht Management Case Study

M/Y KD is a 53-meter motor yacht built by Sanlorenzo in Italy, delivered in June 2018. She had her interior and exterior designed by Officina Italiana Design. KD is hull number 2 of the SL52 range. 

The Beginning

Before the build commenced, the project management team went to visit hull no 1 of the SL52 range, Seven Sins. This was to identify any changes that needed to be made to the structure or general arrangement, for example, they quickly identified that a change in the arrangement of the engine room was needed. This would allow the engineers to carry out more advanced servicing and maintenance. And therefore, reduce the time KD would need to spend in shipyards in the future.


Yacht Management Case Study
Yacht Construction

The West Nautical team were on site of the build daily to ensure all details were correct. And, to minimise issues that may arise.

The Client wanted a custom designed interior from a specialist subcontractor. This additional layer of complexity had to be managed by the team to ensure the project stayed on time. And, within the allocated budget. 

The client also wanted a custom 7.5-meter tender by Wooden Boat, with the inclusion of Bentley taillights. This was to give the tender a unique feature. The team were responsible for the agreements between Bentley and Wooden Boats to facilitate the build of the tender.

During the build, the team maintained total transparency with the owner.  The owner attended the weekly project meetings and was provided with any and all documentation. Including: defect lists, snagging lists, and monthly reports in order to keep him constantly updated on the build. 

The Result

Yacht Management Case Study
M/Y KD Launch

This constant pressure on the shipyard from the team was good. It meant no part of the build was overlooked, and the project stuck to the build schedule so it could be used for the summer as requested by the owner. KD was also shown at the 2018 Monaco Yacht show.

As a result of the happy owner, knowledge of the Sanlorenzo models and technical expertise of the team, West Nautical have successfully grown their newbuild portfolio across nearly the entire Sanlorenzo fleet. In addition to managing other new build projects with most large superyacht shipyards including sunseeker, Fairline, and Benetti. 

We hope you have enjoyed this yacht management case study!

West Nautical deliver on time and on budget working with the world’s most iconic shipyards. Both in Northern and Southern Europe, including Mulder, Benetti, Amels, Mondomarine, Sanlorenzo and Sunseeker. 

One of the greatest pleasures of commissioning a new yacht is seeing the vessel constructed. From the keel up, West Nautical will ensure you are at the centre of the project. And, as actively involved in the process as you wish to be. 

Other new build projects include 29m Mulder M/Y Firefly, 40m Sunseeker 131 M/Y Lady M, 55m Amels M/Y La Familia and the conversion build of 69m Damen M/Y Game Changer. 

If you have any questions please do get in touch with West Nautical’s management team on management@westnautical.com

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