Project Management

Andrew Williamson of Regent Yachts explained how a successful planning process goes through five stages and begins once the owner has agreed with their designer which design of yacht they want.

A five point plan

A successful planning process goes through five stages for your luxury yacht dream.

A five point plan

Andrew Williamson is a project director with Regent Yachts. He explained, “A successful planning process goes through five stages. Once the owner has agreed with their designer which design of yacht they want;

The first stage is to decide its specifications. A thorough General Arrangement Plan (GAP) and Build Specification review is vital before the build contract is signed, to avoid expensive change orders later.

The second stage is for the builder to analyse the interdependencies between the activities during construction.

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Thirdly, the builder will specify the time and money required, based on cost of equipment, manpower and overheads, to build the yacht.

The fourth stage requires the builder to schedule the plan, based on lead times to complete processes as well as the availability of equipment, contractors and space. A skilled planner knows that dirty trades such as surface preparation cannot work in the same zone as clean trades such as electrical and that only a certain number of contractors can be in a cabin during fit out.”

The fifth stage Williamson concluded, “Finally, completion of the plan! At this point, the builder will advise the owner of their two prime responsibilities – when stage payments need to be made, and when design decisions are due to meet planning milestones. If any elements are not accepted, the process needs to be worked through again.”

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