Ask The Expert: Tender refits over buying new

Offered By Maritime Yacht Services Ltd
  • Sophie Tapp
  • Director
  • +44 1202 980101

Sophie Tapp

Why should I refit over buying new?

Refit projects completed by Maritime Yacht Services (MYS) have been noted better than in its original new condition, justifying the commonly asked question, ‘Why should I refit over buying new?’.

The condition of a well-used tender can be deemed ‘a write-off’, however with our skilled experts we can replace and recondition every element of a vessel to state of the art. Ultimately this saves considerable amounts of valuable funds that can be redirected elsewhere. Design changes are also possible if a vessel is not performing as required; our technical engineers and design team can identify and provide reliable solutions to ensure a more efficiently run tender.

MYS has access to first-class facilities, where the vessels are given the care and attention that you would expect. My dedicated teams specialise in the repair and refit of tenders, limousines, chase boats, RIBs and high-performance vessels. Offering a full range of services including, but not limited to: paint, structural and GRP repairs, respray, electronics, fixture and fittings, engineering and installation, teak decking and tube repair and replacement.

As end-service providers, we can help to facilitate your requirements. This prevents vessels from being sent to another firm and/or managed remotely; you will be communicating directly with me and a designated project manager on the ground. Thus, at any time you will know precisely at what stage the scheduled work commences, including weekly cost reports sent with photo records.

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Does the boat need to go to the UK?

Although we are based in the UK, Sophie sends teams all around the world and have been for years. It’s important to work directly with owners, the captain and crew, as well as acting management companies, to establish the best solution for a client's requirements, which is what Sophie and her management team do.

Don’t rule out the UK though. A temporary import can be a cost-effective solution, particularly when utilising MYS’s local resources, first-class facilities and the shorter timeframe for the project. Using our trusted transporting agents, they can ship tenders from anywhere in the world back to Southampton in the UK. This allows us to streamline projects to work intensively on the vessels.

Should I be concerned with the length of time my tender is out of action?

Overall, projects have a reputation for escalating into often complex and costly affairs. I personally ensure that each stage runs as smoothly as possible, conducting pre-planning meetings to establish client expectations and specifications, which also limits the chance of delays and rising costs. We are aware that time-sensitive projects rely on the accurate estimation of task durations and substantial resources available.

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The team ensures that everything is managed effectively with impeccable communication and structure whilst staying flexible for the client.

Our refit teams are predominantly from a tender and high-performance manufacturing background. Their dedication to excellence and knowledge couldn’t be more fitting to satisfy our clients’ requirements.


About this expert

Maritime Yacht Services has developed a reputation for ultra-high standards and first-class customer service. Led expertly by Sophie Tapp, who was positively influenced and relentlessly educated by her father Mark Pascoe of Falcon Tenders, and formerly Pascoe International.

Having grown up around the manufacturing of superyacht tenders, Tapp has a keen eye for the detail that clients expect; and the effort required from dedicated teams to meet them. Her friendly yet hard-working approach has meant her company’s results of completed successful projects are growing year on year. Collaborating with owners, numerous management and middle commercial companies with refitting projects, Maritime Yacht Services has become a go-to company for clients that want proven results with a personal touch.


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