BESPOKE SUPERYACHT LIFETIME PROJECT MANAGEMENT

We provide 360-degree tailored consulting and project management services, advising and supporting you from the early stage of the project to delivery, warranty, preventive maintenance and refit, covering your needs with a bespoke superyacht lifetime project management.

SUPERYACHT PRE-PURCHASE ADVISORY

Buying a superyacht is a highly complex decision process that requires specific professional expertise and knowledge to successfully bring together the perfect team and outline the yacht requirements that embody the owner’s vision.

The pre-contract stage is crucial for the success of all other stages of the yacht building process. It is the foundation of a new build superyacht project. To invest in the initial specifications of the project is fundamental to guarantee that the project will be on time, on budget and developed according to the agreed quality standards.

We help clients make the safest and most accurate decisions for the most valuable investment, and we ensure an enjoyable superyacht buying experience.

Nicola Nicolai - New Build - ASSESSING AND UNDERSTANDING OF SUPERYACHT OWNER’S REQUIREMENTS

ASSESSING THE SUPERYACHT OWNER’S REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS

A new-build superyacht project starts from the desire and the vision of the future owner.

We carefully listen to our clients’ design, space, performance and sailing requirements. Fully understanding their vision and their needs is crucial in preparing a tailored design and main technical brief that embody their lifestyle on board and perfectly meet their specific desires.

Thanks to the experience gained while managing the build of over 120 new superyachts from 30 to 90+ meters, we advise the client on the best options in terms of type and class of superyacht to construct, main layout and the technical/design features that best satisfy their needs and expectations.

SELECTION OF THE TEAM FOR THE NEW BUILD SUPERYACHT

Once we have understood and stipulated the owners’ requirements for the project, we expertly assist them in building the project team, proposing the most qualified professionals in the yacht industry who have a proven history with our company and whose skills meet with the specific needs of the project.

Following the owners’ taste and style for their superyacht, we introduce a panel of leading interior and exterior designers and reach out to the ones approved by the client, in order to coordinate tailored design concept proposals for the owners’ final evaluation and selection.

Based on our over-20-years of expert knowledge of the superyacht industry, we can propose and advise on leading naval architects, maritime legal advisors and technical surveyors who best suit the specific needs of the project. We collect, review, and compare, from each of the experts above, the different proposals and support the client in finalising each agreement.

Nicola Nicolai - New Build - DESIGN CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

DESIGN CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

At this stage of the pre-contract phase, we start working along with designers and the naval architect to coordinate and review the development of the preliminary general arrangement plan (GAP). We make sure it correctly includes all information and requirements provided and stated in the design and technical brief for the client’s final approval.

Nicola Nicolai - New Build - SHIPYARDS’ PROPOSAL AND SELECTION

SHIPYARDS’ PROPOSAL AND SELECTION

Once the GAP is finalized and approved, we will propose different shipyards that are able to meet the specific design requirements of the project, delivery times, quality and budget expectations, and collect tenders from the shortlist of selected builders approved by the owner. Thanks to a track record of over 120 successfully managed pre-contract stages for new-build superyachts, we expertly review and compare the tenders from each builder to advise the owners’ on the proposal that best meets their requirements, and represents the most valuable investment for their future superyacht.

CONTRACT NEGOTIATION AND SIGNATURE

The negotiation and closing of the yacht construction contract are crucial in determining a valuable investment for the owner. We expertly manage the entire process working along with the legal advisor and the owner’s team to ensure the best terms and conditions are negotiated regarding value, extension and functionality of the scope of supply, budget, payment terms, delivery schedule, and quality standards, etc. We make sure the owner enjoys the process while making an advantageous agreement.

SUPERYACHT NEW BUILD PROJECT MANAGEMENT

We provide, whether it is a semi-custom or a full-custom project, superyacht owners with comprehensive experience of project, product and process and a tailored full superyacht construction management.

Acting as the owner’s representative and project manager Nicolai Yacht Consulting & Project Management will protect the client’s investment advising, managing and overseeing every step of the superyacht construction process, allowing the client to concentrate on the enjoyment of the new build.

Project’s design & engineering development - Project Management - New Build - Nicola Nicolai

PROJECT’S DESIGN & ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT

The project’s design and engineering is the starting point of the yacht building process, is where the concept agreed in the yacht construction contract is developed and engineered, and details begin to take shape.

At this stage, it is crucial that the vision and requirements of the owner are correctly interpreted and technically developed by the designer, the naval architect and the shipyard. We wisely manage, coordinate and oversee this process, to ensure simplified, effective communication within the project’s team and between the team and the owner.

While supporting the creative philosophy of the project, we oversee its design and engineering development, constantly monitoring the impact of design on functionality and expertly advising on alternative technical solutions to ensure a balanced combination of creativity, usability and function.

SUPERYACHT CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

The superyacht construction process involves multiple stakeholders and massive undertakings and requires the constant involvement of skilled management, control of communication, decision processes, and production in order to ensure the perfect execution of the project according to the agreed design, engineering, timing, budget and quality standards.

We plan, manage and supervise the entire superyacht new build process ensuring that the terms and conditions of the contract are followed and upheld. For each stage of construction, we coordinate the owner’s team and consultants, organise regular progress meetings to verify that the project remains on schedule, and we regularly visit the yard to supervise production and execution of the exterior and interior outfitting.

On the financial side, we protect the owner’s investment by managing and controlling the budget, negotiating change orders, and approving instalments when due. Consistently monitoring the progress of the build, we determine the eventual involvement of technical surveyors and advise on the best leading independent specialists in the yacht industry.

We involve the client in the process to the extent of his desire and report to him about the progress of the project monthly.

Thanks to 20-years’ experience in superyacht building and over 120 successfully managed projects from 30 up to 90+ meters Nicolai Yacht Consulting & Project Management

WILL BE THE PROJECT’S INSIDER ON THE OWNER’S SIDE, leaving the client only the enjoyment of the new build superyacht.

Consulting Activities:

  • Owner’s team and consultants’ management
  • Interior and exterior design development management
  • Executive designing and engineering development management
  • Planning coordination and supervision
  • Budgeting and cost control management and supervision
  • Change orders management and control
  • Production supervision
  • Owner’s Technical surveys’ management
  • Project Progress reporting

TESTS, SEA TRIALS, COMMISSIONING AND DELIVERY ACCEPTANCE

During this final and most demanding stage in the yacht construction process, where the yard and sub-contractors rush to complete final installations, setups and finishing, we ensure that the builder completes the construction to contract and the yacht is ready for its maiden voyage.

Following the knowledge gained from successfully delivering over 100 superyacht projects in the range of 30-90+ meters on the yard side, we expertly supervise and verify technical tests and sea trials and take delivery on the owner’s behalf.

During hand over, we assist the captain and crew to provide a smooth transition from yard to operation.

WARRANTY

Under the warranty period, the builder needs to accomplish a list of works and fixings approved at delivery, and new ones that arise during the superyacht first operation.

We manage warranty works outlining a comprehensive list of activities to have every item fixed on the given time schedule, advising the client and the builder on the most valuable solutions to improve quality and solve problems.

Thanks to the knowledge of managing multiple superyacht projects under warranty, we manage works efficiently focusing both on big and little jobs to be done and make sure they are accomplished to contract.

MAINTENCE AS AN INVESTMENT

Preventive maintenance is of crucial importance to maintaining the value of your superyacht and protecting your investment.

Thanks to our extensive experience in superyacht building, our preventive maintenance management service will be an investment in the comfort, performance, and reliability of your superyacht.

It will help maintain the original value of your superyacht during its entire lifetime, increasing the resale value.

MAINTENANCE PRE-PURCHASE ADVISORY AND MANAGEMENT

Nicolai Yacht Consulting & Project Management superyacht maintenance service management ensures that the level of quality, performance, and comfort remain the same during the lifetime of your superyacht.

Every year, we perform a complete inspection of your superyacht to survey all crucial aspects and outline a list of activities that need to be executed.

Considering the specific needs of your superyacht, thanks to our expert knowledge of the yacht industry, we advise a list of potential yards able to perform the outlined maintenance work to the highest standards. We collect and review tenders and perform an unbiased comparison to recommend the yard that best meets the requirements in terms of scope of work, budget, timing and quality for the owner’s final selection.

We then expertly plan, manage, and oversee maintenance work ensuring that it is accomplished on time, on budget and to the agreed quality standards.

REFIT Pre-purchase ADVISORY

Whether for a pre-owned yacht or the one you currently own, taking on a major refit of a custom superyacht can be a massive undertaking similar to embarking on a new superyacht construction.

The great challenge in a yacht refit is the ability to combine and optimise the conversion jobs with the existing constrains of the yacht.

Our 20 years of experience allow us to expertly advise and guide you through every stage of the yacht refit process offering a 360-degree expert refit project management to protect your investment and improve the final value of your superyacht.

As it would be for a new build, in a yacht refit, it is crucial to define in advance a comprehensive scope of supply, budget, and clear rules between stakeholders in order to ensure the smooth progression of work during production and outfitting.

ASSESSING THE SUPERYACHT OWNER’S REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS

First, we carefully listen to our clients’ design, space, performance and sailing requirements, to fully understand their needs and then we prepare a tailored design and main technical brief that embody their lifestyle on board and perfectly meet their specific desires.

SELECTION OF THE TEAM FOR THE YACHT REFIT

Once we have understood and stated the refit work in a brief specification, we expertly assist owners in building the project team and propose leading professionals in the yacht industry, some of whom have a proven history with our company, in accordance with the specific needs of the refit.

Following the owners’ taste and style and the scope of the refit work, we introduce a panel of leading interior and exterior designers. Afterwards, we reach out to the ones approved by the owner to coordinate tailored design concepts for the owner’s final evaluation and selection.

Based on our over-20-years expert knowledge of the superyacht industry, we can propose and advise on leading naval architects, maritime legal advisors and technical surveyors who best suit the specific needs of the project.

For all of them we collect, review and compare the different offers and support the client in finalising each agreement.

REFIT DESIGN CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

At this stage of the pre-contract phase, we start working along with designers and the naval architect to coordinate and review the development of a preliminary refit general arrangement plan (GAP) and make sure it correctly includes all information and requirements provided and stated in the refit brief for the client’s final approval.

The great challenge in a major refit is to thoroughly analyse and consider the existing structures, installations and constraints when designing and planning the conversion job.

Our experience allows us to navigate these decisions and suggest the best solutions for our clients.

SHIPYARDS’ PROPOSAL AND SELECTION

Once the preliminary refit GAP is finalised and approved, we will propose different shipyards specialised in refits that are able to meet the specific design requirements of the project, delivery times, quality, and budget expectations and collect tenders from the shortlist of selected builders that have been approved by the owner.

We expertly review and compare the tenders from the yards to advise our clients on the proposal that best meets the requirements of the project and that represent the most valuable investment for the owner of the superyacht after the refit.

REFIT CONTRACT NEGOTIATION AND SIGNING

The negotiation and closing of the superyacht refit contract are crucial to determine a advantageous investment for the owner.

We expertly manage the entire contract negotiation and closing process working along with the legal advisor to ensure the best terms and conditions are negotiated, in terms of value, extension and functionality of the scope of supply, budget, payment terms, delivery schedule, and quality standards etc. We make sure that the owners enjoy the process while making a wise agreement.

REFIT PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Refitting a superyacht, whether it is a semi-custom or a full-custom project, is an extraordinarily complex process that needs specific professional expertise and knowledge to be successfully managed. We provide the superyachts’ owners with comprehensive experience of product and process and a tailored full superyacht refit management leaving them only the enjoyment of the process.
Acting as owner’s representative and refit project manager Nicolai Yacht Consulting & Project Management will protect the client’s investment advising, managing and overseeing every step of the superyacht refit process.

REFIT’S DESIGN & ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT

The refit’s design and engineering are the starting point of the yacht refit process. This is where the concept, agreed upon in the refit contract, is developed and engineered, and details begin to take shape.

At this stage, it is crucial that the vision and requirements of the owner are correctly interpreted and technically developed by the designer, the naval architect and the shipyard. We wisely manage, coordinate, and oversee this process, to ensure a simplified and always well controlled communication among the project’s team and between the team and the owner.

While supporting the creative philosophy of the project, we oversee its design and engineering development, constantly monitoring the impact of design on functionality and expertly advising on alternative technical solutions to ensure a balanced combination of creativity, usability and function.

REFIT CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

The superyacht refit construction process involves multiple stakeholders and massive undertakings and needs the constant presence of a skilled management team. Effective communication and careful monitoring of decision-making processes and production ensure the perfect execution of the project according to the agreed design, engineering, timing, budget and quality standards.

We plan, manage, and supervise the entire superyacht refit process making sure that all steps in the process correspond to the contractual terms and conditions. For each stage of the refit, we coordinate the owners’ teams and consultants, organise regular progress meetings to verify the project progresses on schedule, and consistently visit the yard to supervise the conversion works and quality of execution of exterior and interior outfitting.

On the financial side, we protect the owner’s investment by managing and controlling the budget, negotiating change orders and approving instalments when due according to contract terms and conditions. We consistently monitor the progress of the refit. We determine the eventual involvement of technical surveyors and advise on the best leading independent specialists in the yacht industry.

We involve our clients in the process to the extent of their desire and regularly report on the progress of the project to them.

Thanks to 20-years’ experience in superyacht building and over 120 successfully managed projects from 30 up to 90+ meters Nicolai Yacht Consulting & Project Management WILL BE THE PROJECT’S INSIDER ON THE OWNER’S SIDE, leaving the client only the enjoyment of the superyacht refit.

  • Owner’s team and consultants’ management
  • Interior and exterior design development management
  • Executive designing and engineering development management
  • Planning coordination and supervision
  • Budgeting and cost control management and supervision
  • Change orders management and control
  • Production supervision
  • Owner’s Technical surveys’ management
  • Project Progress reporting

REFIT TESTS, SEA TRIALS, COMMISSIONING, AND DELIVERY ACCEPTANCE

During this final and most demanding stage in the yacht refit process, where the yard and sub-contractors rush to complete final installations, setups and finishes, we ensure that the yard completes the conversion job in accordance with the contract and that the newly refitted yacht is ready for its maiden voyage.

By applying the knowledge gained from successfully delivering over 100 superyacht projects in the range of 30-90+ meters on the yard side, we expertly supervise and verify technical tests and sea trials and take delivery on the owners’ behalf.

During hand over, we assist the captain and crew to provide a smooth transition from yard to operation.

REFIT WARRANTY

Under the warranty period, the yard needs to accomplish a list of works and fixings approved at delivery and new ones that arise during the superyacht post-refit first operation.

We manage warranty work outlining a comprehensive list of activities to ensure that every item will be repaired on a given time schedule, advising the client and the shipyard on the most valuable solutions to improve quality and solve problems.

Thanks to the knowledge of managing multiple superyacht projects under warranty, we manage the work efficiently focusing both on big and little jobs to be done and make sure they are accomplished according to the terms of the contract.