Building a custom yacht is a sophisticated project that requires close supervision, high attention to detail and strong connections with shipyards, designers and contractors in the industry.
IYC employs a team of experts across all fields, including Naval Architects, Marine Engineers and Technical Managers with an excess of 30 years of experience in new builds.
Our project manager will work closely with the owner throughout the New Build process, acting as a liaison between all parties involved, to ensure efficiency, adherence to the specification and the yacht’s timely delivery.
From the very start, we will help put the yacht vision into a brief, select the right shipyard and negotiate favourable contract terms. We will also work closely with the selected design team to make sure design proposals meet the vision. Our team of experts will provide technical consultation throughout the construction phase until the completion of the delivery sea trials.. Even after the yacht is delivered, our team will be available to coordinate the execution of the necessary guarantee works, always keeping in mind the yacht owner’s best interests.
From design to delivery, the IYC team will work closely with you through every step of the new build process, to make sure it is efficient, cost effective and according to our clients’ preferences.
Our team of experts will help you articulate your vision and put together a comprehensive and thorough brief to create your yacht. Our team’s insights regarding the vessel’s technical and operational requirements, as well as its market potential, will help you better identify what it is you are looking for and what features to include, depending on the intended use of the yacht.
Our Yacht Consultants have strong relationships with the world’s top shipyards. IYC will provide valuable insight and help you evaluate the different shipyard options in order to select the one that will best satisfy the requirements for your new build project.
As soon as the shipyard has been selected, we will assist you throughout the negotiations and contract phase. As this phase is the most critical step for a successful project, the IYC new build team will provide feedback on the specifications, the general arrangement and the contract. Key contractual elements, such as budget allowances, noise and vibration levels, delays, penalties and more, will be diligently negotiated with the shipyard.
Working closely with your selected design team, IYC will make sure all yacht design proposals are in line with your vision, functional for everyday life at sea, and in line with specifications and maritime regulations.
Your Project Management Team will be available around the clock throughout the construction of your new build project, acting as a liaison with the shipyard, designers, naval architects and all other parties involved. Our goal is to ensure the process is efficient, cost effective and according to your preferences. We will closely monitor the project, making sure timelines are met and help resolve any challenges that may arise.
Before the yacht is delivered, our team of experts will attend the yacht’s sea trials, a critical step before the completion of the new build project. During the sea trials, our team’s meticulous attention to detail will find any technical issues that need to be address or fine tunings that need to be made before delivering your yacht in the best working condition.
Even after the yacht is delivered, your project manager will be available to coordinate the necessary guarantee works always securing the yacht owner’s best interests.
Recently there has been somewhat of a hype around Explorer Yachts, although this has largely been connected to the often rugged design of the vessel as opposed to the actual exploration capabilities. Shipyards have increasingly been investing in developing true adventure yachts. These superyachts do not only look like they can go anywhere, but are actually built to go anywhere, efficiently operating as an exploration vessel.
A true adventure yacht is characterised by a steel ice class hull, extensive range, large and sufficient tenders and toys, expansive storage rooms and space to accommodate additional exploration staff. I Nova is an excellent example of an explorer yacht that combines vast volume, luxury and comfort with impeccable engineering required of a genuine world cruiser.
Traditionally, motor yachts have a planning, displacement or semi-displacement hull. Van Oossanen Naval Architects have been pioneers in this aspect with the development of the Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF). The FDHF is efficient over the entire speed range and not only in a restricted speed interval around top speed. Heesen was the first superyacht builder to introduce the Fast Displacement Hull Form, however shipyards like Benetti, Rossi Navi, Overmarine and Alia Yachts are now also building fast displacement yachts.
The market segment for very fast yachts suffered heavily during the Financial Crisis because of the high running and operating costs of these yachts. However, it seems that fast yachts are indeed popular again. Just some notable examples include the 70 metre Galactica Super Nova recently delivered by Heesen Yachts which can reach a top speed of almost 30 knots, as well as the Benetti Fast Displacement series which were introduced only a few years ago and have already secured more than eight orders. Mangusta, one of the most well known fast yachts brands, also introduced the new 50 GranSport and sold three Mangusta 165 superyachts between March 2015 and February 2016.
Hybrid propulsion systems are slowly gaining momentum with the technology constantly improving. 2015 saw the delivery of the 84 metre Feadship Savannah which sparked a lot of interest in hybrid propulsion, but on a smaller scale we also saw the Columbus 40S and the Sanlorenzo 106 with hybrid propulsion systems. One of the best opportunities to own a hybrid superyacht today is the brand new 55 metre Quinta Essentia, which was delivered by Admiral in May 2016. What is also interesting to note is that shipyards who build on speculation, and thus who have to anticipate what clients want in the next three years, have also adopted hybrid propulsion. Heesen Yachts invested in the construction of the 50 metre Nova, which features a hybrid propulsion system and Fast Displacement Hull Form, and recently sold the yacht.