After taking the step to downsize the yard staff numbers in early 2013, due to a lull in new build orders, the yard is still employing a skilled team, and has put the last 18 months to good use to implement leaner, more efficient and cost effective work methods. The team has been hard at work on a wide range of projects, including several yacht refits and commercial and residential projects.
“We want to send the message that we are very much open for business, and offer skilled superyacht-quality labour across all disciplines,” said Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments. “Our team is able to serve all areas of the marine sector, whether new build, refit, or interior work, and no job is too small or big.”
Recent large yacht projects undertaken by the yard include a major twelve-month refit on the Swan 90 Spirit for a Singapore-based owner. The yacht underwent a full interior and exterior overhaul, together with a full new itinerary of sails. Prior to the Spirit refit, the yard completed a refit on the Maxi 100 Perpetual Loyal (ex Rambler), which required significant work following her sale after her capisize and dismasting in the 2011 Fastnet. The yard also lent their extensive knowledge in classic yachts to undertake a full refit and restoration on the iconic maxi yacht Steinlager 2, which was sailed to victory in the 1989/1990 Whitbread Race by the late Sir Peter Blake.