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The Build

Process

10 May 2023

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Building a large, custom yacht is a complex process which must be carefully choreographed. There are a lot of specialists involved, and much which can wrong. Here we look at what construction actually involves, and why building your team at the outset is such a vital first step.

minutes

4

Reading time

10 May 2023

Last revised

Building a large, custom yacht is a complex process which must be carefully choreographed. There are a lot of specialists involved, and much which can wrong. Here we look at what construction actually involves, and why building your team at the outset is such a vital first step.

  • Large yacht construction involves a tightly-controlled sequence of events, and adherence to classification society standards for welding and quality control.

  • Machinery and larger systems must be installed before the superstructure is joined ot the hull.

  • Filling, fairing, insulation, and the addition of cable trays and pipework must be carefully choreographed.

  • Interior panels are prefabricated and should be removable for access and maintenance.

  • The sooner the build captain is recruited the better.

  • Project managers should be present at all stages of the build and provide progress reports.

  • Crewmembers, other than the build captain, are engaged as the build nears completion, with the build captain overseeing recruitment.

  • Insurance coverage should be clarified in the build agreement, including employer's liability insurance for crew.

  • Sea trials are conducted to test the yacht's systems and performance, followed by formal legal delivery and a warranty period to address any issues that arise.

  • Project managers should be present at all stages of the build and provide progress reports.

  • Crewmembers, other than the build captain, are engaged as the build nears completion, with the build captain overseeing recruitment.

  • Insurance coverage should be clarified in the build agreement, including employer's liability insurance for crew.

  • Sea trials are conducted to test the yacht's systems and performance, followed by formal legal delivery and a warranty period to address any issues that arise.