CONTINUITY OF SERVICE IS KEY
Who doesn’t crave and appreciate continuity of service? Not having to repeat your request multiple times to new suppliers, service providers and contractors. Companies worldwide aim for this seamless delivery, yet few achieve it. Closer to home, Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard (GCCM) have fostered and maintained consistent and high quality marine trades onsite for nearly two decades. It is a formula that works for the yard, the tenants and, most importantly, yacht captains and owners as discovered by two iconic Australian yachts who recently underwent refit and repair at GCCM.
M/Y Parriwi, formerly Cambria II, was first launched in 2006 at GCCM to international acclaim winning the International Superyacht Society’s Best Motor Yacht (23-32m). She is 100 feet of the best of Australian naval architecture, design, construction and fit out. You would be hard pressed to find someone not familiar with her distinctive styling and classic lines. Each year, the yacht has returned to the 50,000sqm yard to complete annual maintenance work and this year, a larger refit.
When asked, her captain, Clinton Davies, explained “Parriwi was built here in the Gold Coast Marine Precinct and launched and completed at GCCM and many of the individuals and companies who were involved in her build are still operating out of the facility. We appreciate the consistency in calling on the same people to maintain her. We are here for just three weeks and in that time, we will have upwards of five trades completing work, most of whom built her.”
Parriwi regularly cruises between Sydney and Hamilton Island. GCCM is a perfect midway point in her cruising itinerary to stop and make use of the yard and trades.
During her 2017 yard period at GCCM, Bradford Marine completed her annual antifoul application whilst Superyacht Solutions undertook some reparatory paint and varnish work. In the interior, shipwrights carried out timber work as Pacific Trim reupholstered items to keep her Edwardian look fresh. Her stabilisers were overhauled and the engine room received an annual servicing plus some upgrades.
This year, Parriwi was accompanied at GCCM by another iconic Australian yacht – M/Y Southern Cross II. Designed by prolific and talented American Naval Architect, Jack Hargrave, and built by Australian yacht building legend, Keith Lloyd, in 1983, she was perhaps best known as the spectator boat for Alan Bond’s successful America’s Cup campaign. Southern Cross II (31.25m) changed hands and enjoyed some impressive cruising around the world including the North Pole. Finally, she returned to her maker and Mr Lloyd has just finished a four and half month major refit on her at GCCM. Once again, using many of the trades and identities who built her 34 years ago.
There was an impressive list of works for the refit project including EMS revamping the electronics, audio and air conditioning throughout. She was fitted with Furuno satellite television and WIFI to offer the communication requirements for the modern yacht owner. Asone Superyachts project managed the fit out where for a touch of opulence, all her ensuites were replaced and included fittings dipped in 24 carat gold. The original Southern Cross II emblems were refurbished bringing them back to life and the interior was replaced with walnut and cedar wood for an added richness.
Some of the engineering work undertaken included a total engine room and exhaust refit from onsite contractor, Wicked Fabrication. Southern Cross II’s duck board was extended so guests could make the most of cruising the Australian east coast. The galley was completely replaced and additional equipment, such as a desalinator and laundry facilities, were fitted allowing her to cruise further in comfort. Gold Coast Marine Repairs also completed a full repaint of the vessel.
The passion Mr Lloyd has for the Australian marine industry is reflective of this purchase and he believes the yacht is a far superior vessel today after the total refit completed at GCCM. “The marine industry is shining and, in particular, GCCM. Having the refit take place here allowed many of the original trades to return and bring their apprentices on board and be part of Australia’s history,” stated Mr Lloyd.
“At our core, we work to ensure yacht captains and owners have the best experience while their vessel is in our care. This means ensuring the trades onsite are consistent, both in their service delivery and availability, and we all continually up our game. It means a great deal to the GCCM team to work on yachts like Parriwi and Southern Cross II as they are part of our collective histories. Having them return to the yard allows us to take the next generation of marine innovators and foster them alongside their predecessors. It is what makes us the trailblazer of the industry,” said GCCM CEO, Mr Trenton Gay.
Both Parriwi and Southern Cross II will be cruising the Australian east coast as a shining example of the quality of work past and present delivered at GCCM.