Article by ONBOARD Magazine
Josh Richardson looks at the benefits of using a project management team for new or custom tenders projects
Superyacht Tenders and Toys was setup to overcome a particular problem and make the selection, purchase and build of yacht tenders the best possible experience for owners, captains and project managers.
In a previous job, when working as a yacht manager, I had a new build yacht that I was outfitting and I was trying to select the best
tenders for an owner and then manage the build through to delivery. The marketplace was confusing, noisy and everyone claimed to offer the best. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of tender and leisure boat builders. Many of these fall far short of their claims and the last thing I wanted to do was let my owner down with anything substandard. I searched for any tender specialists who knew the market in detail and could make recommendations and it turned out there were few, if any, who could help.
Now, Superyacht Tenders and Toys have delivered over 100 tenders to date plus the deepest diving, largest submersible ever delivered to a yacht and we are the leading authority to offer unbiased advice, independent sales and thorough project management from concept to completion. We have a team of project managers overseeing builds, adding value to clients and ensuring the best possible experience. Having been involved in so many builds with so many different manufacturers we have also learnt that there are many advantages to be gained by builders in having us involved. One well-known custom tender builder told us that we add significant value to them as our visits pick up on any issues early in the process and we communicate these to the builder and the owner in the best possible way and this in turn helps the builder to rectify issues or snags and deliver boats on budget and on time. This also saves costly and frustrating warranty issues. The client price is often reduced with our involvement as a result of these savings which is a win-win for everyone.
One of the key things SYTT do is remain independent. This means we are not specifically working with only one or two brands, but can offer all brands. If an owner is after an 8m RIB for example we can offer options from Zodiac, Novurania, Ribeye, Cobra, Pascoe and others to name but a few. This gives the client huge choice in terms of the build quality, budget, options, looks and functionality. We can offer advice on these options, tailored to what we know the client wants, to help with the decision making process.
Project management of tender builds is a key reason to purchase boats from SYTT. If a boat is purchased through SYTT then the project management is included at no extra charge. On heavily customised projects such as landing crafts, limousine tenders and one off chase boats however there is an increasing trend for owners to wish to purchase these directly, as there are no dealer discounts that can be passed on by the dealer to the client, therefore SYTT offer a standalone package for project management of these builds. This includes the choice, specification, contracts, build management and then aftersales and warranty handling. Having built with most manufacturers, and dealing in boats on a day to day basis the value here is huge.
I strongly believe that the service offered by the yacht tender specialist is required by the industry more than ever and with transparent pricing and excellent service adds significant value. Experience counts.
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