M/Y Shirley-Anne (118ft Custom Motor Yacht)
I have been in the motor yacht industry for the past 42 years and have worked all over the world in new build and refit yards, working on vessel’s from 72-metres to 140-metres. I have run three different boat building yards in Australia, and understand the complexities of the process of builds and refit work and the challenges in running yards. Late in 2018, I was asked to oversee a large refit of a classic family motor yacht (M/Y Shirley Anne) that was originally built for the Owner’s family in Australia and is now owned by another family member and his wife who love the vessel. The task was to refit her to her former glory without changing the style and feel of the original design of the motor yacht. One of the major tasks was to design and integrate a new overhanging swim platform into the vessel without anyone realising anything had been added or changed on the vessel, this was achieved very successfully and the Owners are delighted with the complete refit. The Captain and I considered a few yards and facilities in Australia and New Zealand to complete the works in a clean and safe environment). It didn’t take us long to narrow down the preferred site to Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard, which was able to offer us all the facilities and trades people we need to complete the works in the right environment. They were very helpful in the whole process of the refit and it was an easy place to work from. The staff couldn’t do enough for us and were always available at all times to help us with whatever we needed. It was a pleasure to complete the refit at GCCM and I would recommend Kevin and his team to anyone looking for a facility for refit and repair works.
Vessel Owner’s Representative – David McQueen