Published: Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Ryan Swift

Harbour Yacht Services Starts New 45 Metre Project 1

HYS Yachts, which has made a name for itself by converting Japanese research boats into expedition-style superyachts, has begun work on two new 45-metre projects, both of which involve conversion work that goes beyond what the company has done to date. The superstructure on each of the projects will be completely new, with the boats stripped down to the bare hull before building them back up again. The superyachts-to-be are currently at the HYS Yachts' facility, which is located along the shores of Subic Bay, Philippines. Designs are by Simon Jupe, a partner in the firm. According to CEO Mark Pragnall, it simply becomes easier at some point to remove the superstructure completely, in order to develop the layouts desired, while still maintaining cost advantages of a refit. The look of the newest 45-metre, Project Lucas, was chosen by the owner who was inspired by the famed charter superyacht, Big Fish, according to Pragnall. 

HYS Yachts famously did the refit work on Dr. No, a project done for Tom Perkins which he uses for transporting and deploying his Deep Flight submersibles. Pragnall also reports that HYS Yachts are in talks with a potential client for a new 75-metre long-range expedition yacht that could be the first completely new build for the company. Should the project go ahead, Pragnall says the hull and superstructure would be built in steel in China and then finished at the Subic facilities. The hull design would be based on Norwegian survey ship for the North Sea, which would give the completed yacht a range of 20,000 nautical miles. The company has been building steadily over the last few years, since moving to a dedicated facility in Subic three years ago. HYS is now in the process of building a permanent shed and will eventually add a drydock for bigger projects. Should the 75-metre project come about, Pragnall indicates that the pace of expansion at HYS Yachts will increase. 

Harbour Yacht Services Starts New 45 Metre Project 2