Paul Madden's intro to informed yacht buying.
Yacht builders are as diverse are auto makers. You need to know the strengths and philosophy of each builder. Pedigree counts - not only in choosing a vessel, but when you sell and hope to recoup your capital investment.
Do you plan to cross oceans and explore globally? Or, will you only cruise the Med? Is this for friends and family, or is it a corporate tool requiring scaleable hospitality and entertainment capabilities?
I apply my 25-years of valuable experience and knowledge of vessels to analyze the current market and to identify vessels that are right for you and your mission. My goal is to find the right yacht, and make sure you get it for a fair price. I also stay with you for crewing and to get yacht management set up.
A yacht builder's reputation and 'brand' is comprised over time as an amalgamation of designers, engineers, project managers, warranty performance and the cumulative opinions of surveyors, captains, crews and owners. It is a major determinant in the value of a well-maintained vessel over time.
There are only a few international law firms that have this expertise. This is not just transactional, but involves offshore structures and knowledge of flag-state regulations.
A thorough survey by a seasoned team of experts, including electrical and mechanical engineers can be the best spent money in a purchase. This critical exercise is what ultimately determines the real value of a vessel, new or used.
To the left is a trailer that gives a flavor of the videos available.
Below you can explore the video collections of of the world's top yacht builders. There are also links to the inventory of their vessels that are currently on the market.
Feadship can trace its roots back to 1849, when the Akerboom family bought a small shipyard off the coast of the Netherlands to build and repair boats. Feadship has three shipyards in Aalsmeer, Makkum and Kaag and one design and engineering center, De Voogt Naval Architects.
Lürssen designs and constructs yachts, naval ships and special vessels. Trading as Lürssen Yachts, it is one of the leading builders of custom superyachts such as Paul Allen's Octopus, David Geffen's Rising Sun, and Azzam, the largest private yacht in the world at 180 m in length.
Oceanco is a privately owned custom yacht builder that builds full displacement yachts in 80m+ range. Since its inception in 1987, Oceanco has built 29 custom superyachts up to 110m in length. Several 100m+ yachts are currently under construction.
AMELS is part of Damen Shipyards Group which is a globally operating company with more than 50 shipyards, repair yards, and related companies − as well as numerous partner yards that can build Damen vessels locally. Since 1969 it has designed and built more than 5,000 vessels and delivers up to 150 vessels annually.
CRN is part of: Ferretti S.p.A. (trading as Ferretti Group) is an Italian multinational shipbuilding company headquartered in Forlì which specialises in the design, construction and sale of luxury motor yachts. Its products are sold under the brands Ferretti Yachts, Custom Line, Pershing, Itama, Riva, Mochi Craft and CRN.
Heesen Yachts is a Dutch ship building company that specializes in custom built superyachts. Founded in 1978, it has launched more than 170 yachts since its inception, many of which have gone on to win awards. It is considered one of the world leaders in the design, construction and engineering of all-aluminum yachts.
Perini Navi is an Italian shipyard based in Viareggio, Italy. Founded in 1983 by Fabio Perini, who pioneered automation and furling systems in large sailing yachts, the yard builds both sailing and motor yachts. Hulls and superstructures are built at the company's facilities in Istanbul, most of the outfitting is carried out in Viareggio, whilst maintenance and refitting is carried out nearby in La Spezia.
Abeking & Rasmussen was founded in 1907 by Henry Rasmussen and Georg Abeking. A renowned skipper, Rasmussen also proved to be a talented yacht designer. Under his guidance, the shipyard built a portfolio in the private and commercial sectors, producing wooden sailing and motor yachts as well as fast patrol boats and other specialized ships. Abeking & Rasmussen also established a reputation for technical innovation, pioneering the use
With both the WIDER Express Cruisers and WIDER Superyachts we believe we have created not only a new style of vessel, but an entirely new category.
We create high-quality, innovative yachts and superyachts that combine top-level performance and low fuel consumption with remarkably flexible living space, designed for the lifestyle of the modern client.
From humble beginnings as a wooden boat builder, to the famous Palmer Johnson yachts winning every major championship race in the golden era of sailing yachts, to the groundbreaking design of its SportYachts of the last decade and now to its revolutionary SuperSport series, brand values of design, performance and emotional appeal have been a constant – core values deeply embodied in the spirit of the company and reinforced and
Damen Shipyards Group which is a globally operating company with more than 50 shipyards, repair yards, and related companies − as well as numerous partner yards that can build Damen vessels locally. Since 1969 it has designed and built more than 5,000 vessels and delivers up to 150 vessels annually.
RIVA is part of Ferretti S.p.A. (trading as Ferretti Group) is an Italian multinational shipbuilding company headquartered in Forlì which specialises in the design, construction and sale of luxury motor yachts. Its products are sold under the brands Ferretti Yachts, Custom Line, Pershing, Itama, Riva, Mochi Craft and CRN.
The Sanlorenzo shipyard has been building high-quality motor yachts since 1958. It is a boutique firm in the yachting industry, building only a limited number of made-to-measure units per year. Each yacht is designed and produced according to the specific requests, style, and desires of the individual owner.
The shipyard’s headquarters are located on the banks of the river Magra, inside the Montemarcello-Magra natural reserve
The new start off of the Baglietto brand can also be seen in the renewed lay out of its shipyard, which has been completely redesigned.
A 32.000 sq. m. area, with a 700 ton. travel lift fit for the haulage of ships up to 60 m. long, to which we must add 2 carriages of equivalent capacity.
Moonen Shipyards is one of the world’s foremost builders of motoryachts between 65 and 150 ft. Located in the medieval Dutch town of Den Bosch (‘s-Hertogenbosch), the first yacht to be built by what is today called the Moonen yard was launched in 1963. Gaining a reputation for quality and service, Moonen soon grew in sophistication and expanded its client base first across continental Europe and then much further afield – in fact to wherever connoisseurs of fine yachting reside.
Pendennis has developed a strong reputation for creating custom superyachts that combine technical excellence with both stunning design and performance in the sailing and motor yacht sectors. Over the past 30 years we have delivered 30 beautifully constructed bespoke superyachts.
Less than a decade after ICON Yachts was founded, we are justifiably proud of the position and reputation we have achieved within our industry.
We were one of the first yards in the world to be awarded ISO 9001:2008 for yacht construction, project management, supervision and control, a major achievement and proof of our commitment to the very highest standards. In addition, our hard work has been recognised with four nominations for international design awards from Showboats and the World Superyacht awards.
Known for pushing the boundaries and for not being a mass builder,NOBISKRUG enters a new era by building superyachts now that will last for generations to come. Every superyacht built under NOBISKRUGbrand embodies the unique vision of the owner combined with innovative ideas and advanced technology.
Turquoise Yachts has a talented in-house naval architecture and design team, offering the development of specifications, layout plans, and detailed 3D modeling right through to the final engineering—whether you choose an outside designer or in-house designer, or combination of both, Turquoise Yachts offers a turnkey solution.
For discerning individuals with a dream to realize, Royal Huisman gives expression to their dream, by creating a yacht that is unique in conception, quality and execution, celebrating the Spirit of Individuality.
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