A Pocket Superyacht refit requires a detailed approach.
In the past we have brought new life to older Pocket Superyachts with a very hands-on approach. Due its scale, our role in the refit of “Imagine Heaven” shifted more towards project management without forgetting what made us successful in previous projects.
The owner of the 65ft Yapluka Catamaran had initially contacted us with a request for crew. In our first meeting he mentioned that he was about to embark on a refit project of his 7 year old yacht. We explained him how we could assist.
We understand that between the job description of the project manager and the planned work list of the yard, there are a few small but nonetheless important jobs that need doing.
This requires a flexible and at times hands-on approach if you truly want to be the clients eyes and ears on site.
This caught his attention as a Dutch company had refused the work just days before, stating that they don’t deal with yachts below 44 meters. They turned away a client who wanted to apply superyacht standards to his Pocket superyacht.
The very busy but very enthusiastic client was clear in his briefing.
We were going to assure him that he was spending his budget on the right items and services to achieve the highest quality result. He added up the references he had received on Invisible Crew with his impressions during our first few meetings and emails and decided that we were going to be his representatives.
Trust was a crucial factor. It was given and handled with care.
We provided well motivated options for every decision that needed to be made. In hindsight I can say that we started off well with the selection of the yard. Merk and Merk is a German run yard in Croatia which was recommend to us by Sunseeker and they have done an excellent job. Communication is key and we kept the owner closely and clearly informed on the progress of the jobs.
The yacht received a new coat over it’s aluminium hull, topsides and spars, a new teak deck, flush deck hatches, a new navigation system, a new communication system and more.
The works started in November. By spring time, as the refit neared completion and the work became more detailed, it became time to hire the crew. Out of the candidates we had put forward, the owner selected Bruce Petersen from South Africa and his partner Begoña de Miguel from Mallorca.
After a few days training on the expected Invisible Crew standards in Mallorca, the three of us flew to Croatia so they would finally see the yacht and meet the owner. The initial deadline could have been met but our client sensed that his entire team was driven to achieve perfection and willingly compromised a few weeks.
The reward for everyone involved is an eye catching Pocket Superyacht ready for a new life.
She will stay in Croatia for the coming summer and winter after which she will sail west. The Pacific Ocean is on the program too.