Engineering diary December 2017: some great projects

No sooner than one superyacht engineering project finishes than the next one begins.  The engineers at SMY led by Jonathan Craig, have just finished a major servicing job on the 57.5 metre sailing yacht Twizzle, which has recently changed ownership.

Superyacht regatta & rendezvous 2011 - Copyright Ingrid Abery. w

Built in aluminium by specialist Dutch yard Royal Huisman to a design by Dubois Naval Architects, Twizzle was launched in 2010 as the yard’s first flybridge yacht. With one of the most advanced sailing rigs ever created, she offers extraordinary performance.  Jonathan and his team have worked on Twizzle a number of times over the years since she was launched in 2017 and have a well-established relationship with yacht’s engineer.  The most recent project involved the fitting of new injectors to the yacht’s three generators, a rebuld of the power take-off units and in deth engineering service work as well as minor work on the main engine.

Shemara 700x

The team are about to start their next major project, again on a yacht which they have worked on before, the elegant classic 64 metre Shemara, which was built in 1938 and completely restored just two years ago by her current owner. The system comprises five main Scania generators that can supply anything from 300kW to over 1600kW depending on mode. The units, and their diesel electric systems are due for their annual service which will be carried out by SMY in early 2018. SMY are very proud of the reputation of their work and the fact that it has earned them a contract from Shemara for annual service and engineering support.

Working on behalf of Stirling Global Yacht Surveyors as the main contractor, SMY’s engineers have brought the engines, systems and generator of Odin, a 12 metre ex-RNLI lifeboat, up to perfect health, carrying out checks and servicing them ready for her new life as a maritime security vessel in Liberia.

We have also just finished work on all four engines of  a 21 metre foiling catamaran named U21 which is actually the tender to the explorer yacht Ulysses.  She lives in a forward well on board the 107 metre superyacht and is winched into the water when needed.  The engineering project spanned a change in ownership and has now been successfully completed.