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Part 2: Knowing when to call in an outside expert can be crucial to getting a vessel launched on schedule.
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
Phase three includes preparing a detailed bid package with recommendations that may not have been included in the original plans, such as alternative placing of a complex entertainment center, not only to better accommodate wiring runs but also to create a more efficient layout. After all, interior designers are artists but sometimes can overlook engineering problems. In phase four, the company presents mockups and may suggest substitutions for some of those materials. The contracts are finalized at the end of phase four.
Besides the obvious work of choosing hardware; soft goods; floor, bulkhead, and overhead coverings; and solid surfaces such as marble and stone, plus creating furniture and cabinets, Westhoff also often assists in planning entertainment and lighting plans, which means the company gets involved in electrical layouts. In fact, there’s little that goes into a yacht interior that Westhoff can’t do. Many of those skills are employed in Westhoff’s current projects, which include refits on a 105-foot classic tugboat, a 150-foot trideck for Northern Marine, and two Pacific Mariner 85s, as well as an 85-foot Nordland sportfisherman. The tug conversion is a good example of how detailed Westhoff’s services can be. “That project presented problems inherent in taking a vessel that was not built to be a yacht and turning it into one,” Westhoff explains. His comments refer specifically to the spatial considerations given the more-or-less fixed room he and his fabricators would have to work with. “Once the interior was gutted, our task was to work with the interior designer, owners, and the refit yard to get the built-ins, cabinets, stairways, and any other fabrication needs coordinated with all the other projects going on. Remember, this boat was being built from the inside out,” he adds.
In the complex world of building or refitting a yacht, knowing when to call in an outside expert can be crucial to getting a vessel launched on schedule. “We like to get in as early as possible on a project so that our services can be utilized to the fullest. In this kind of business, time is money, and quite often lots of it,” Westhoff says
Consulting services such as those provided by Westhoff can not only expedite the complex process associated with these kinds of projects, they can allow the yard to concentrate on the things it does best. And that means a better yacht and a satisfied owner.
J.S. Westhoff & Co. Phone: (913) 663-9900. www.westhoffco.com.
This article originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.