For years yacht-brokerage houses have been offering management services to owners of every megayacht make. The shipyards themselves stayed out of the process, seeming to prefer focusing more on construction and refit–or perhaps just not thinking of yacht management as an opportunity.
Called Sunseeker Superyacht Management, the firm, independent of the shipyard, will oversee all maintenance, operation, and administrative tasks of a Sunseeker. Based in Golfe Juan in the South of France, the office will work with owners throughout the Mediterranean and beyond.
Capt. Ben Young, the founder and managing director of Sunseeker Superyacht Management, holds a Class IV, 3,000-ton license, so he knows the complexities of finding and hiring the right captain, one of the handful of services the company will offer. Classification, flag-state paperwork, even compliance with what’s commonly called mini-ISM, a safety-management system required by MCA for yachts measuring more than 24 meters up to 500 gross tons.
Besides taking on the operational oversight, Sunseeker Superyacht Management anticipates helping owners preserve their yachts’ worth. “It’s also no secret that a properly managed and maintained yacht retains a much higher value long-term,” Young says. “With our specialist knowledge we can provide exceptional management support–reducing the risk of incidents onboard and making financial savings in the day-to-day running of the vessel.”