Originally Posted by Dockhead
... But in this, as in megayachts, I am utterly clueless -- anyone here have any words of wisdom?
Hi Dockhead….. this has been my business as Build Captain
, Project Manager and Owner’s Representative of large Superyachts (<50m).
Mostly retired now, I have worked for the same clients for over 28 years.
So here are a few organizational thoughts:
New Projects like this go thru 4 Stages:
Your friend’s father is experienced enough in travel logistics to know what he wants so first step is to develop a detailed Owner’s Brief for the conceptual stage. (I actually use a questionnaire for that prior to my first meeting)
Same time, a focused inspection
of existing boats that may meet the brief, to organize ideas and see what concepts do not work in reality or due to poor execution.
Helicopters are great on large yachts as they allow efficient access to interest points while keeping mother-ship in a better anchorage. Also facilitates frequent airport
runs and is a good emergency
and prospecting tool. They also enhance resale value.
Heli-solutions break down to these, depending on various priorities and cruising plans:
1 Landing Only:
Owner uses own for local cruising and lease/charter for other world areas.
I finished a project in 2011 that was for landing a 5 seat Augusta on a 55m yacht… (Could actually land 2 Helis… Smaller one landed just fwd. of bridge)…. This owner flies his own as does his friends. Solution was to convert a heavy commercial hull
to a yacht----change from dry stack to wet exhaust
and design a yacht body kit and fairing. Brief did not include carrying Heli offshore
, but only for coastal hops when weather
2 Onboard Storage
… this can be accomplished in a few ways .
a…Removable but structurally sound covers to be erected on helipad for transport (LOA still 55m)
b…Fixed dedicated Hanger positioned Fwd. of landing deck (LOA 73-80m)
c….If client will accept less payload by using a Rotor Folding Kit, then an aft deck landing with gantry or elevator to fold and store below decks is another solution for Ocean passage
Yacht Displacement is more of a design/stability issue than length
, so hull
choice (steel) is important and a deep draft commercial
conversion or exploration type new build design can give the client the heavy footprint and understated luxury and utility that they may prefer.
Most clients new to yachts do not realize that hull and machinery costs are only 10-15% of overall new build costs so they un-necessarily restrict themselves in length during the initial conceptual phase when brainstorming and deciding on the traffic flows and layout.
Keep the length/profile open until you begin the Feasibility Study and design from inside out…. (Form following Function) This is where we usually end up reducing accommodation areas and length when studying ergonomics and by creating simple mock-ups.
The Feasibility Stage
is also when full engineering and naval architectural/structural criteria is developed in detail as part of the build specifications. Along with a complete maker’s list and interior
design with list of materials, this forms the meat of the detailed Bid Package
Quite often loose specifications full of good intent are promoted by both the Builder
and your Architect-Designer who view themselves as professional colleagues rather than the Owner’s contracted employees.
Job of a Project Manager, is to provide all parties with the info needed so that both the Builder
and Owner can make an informed decision
The best advice I can give your friend’s dad is to spend serious money upfront on this Stage before contract delivery
pressures and design deficiencies move Change-Order Costs from 2% to industry average of 35%.
The goal is to do your homework to allow builders to quote a fair contractual fixed price
(no allowances except nav-com entertainment) and more importantly the client will know exactly what he is getting with no wriggle room due to client’s lack of specified detail.
Re the philanthropic use.... there are foundations already set up for this