Building custom yachts with C&N

Written by Gemma Fottles

Since launching in 2018, the Camper & Nicholsons New Build Division has gone from strength to strength. Offering a total package of in-house capabilities, the C&N team has taken the lead on some of the most exciting custom new build projects in the industry. The launch of the dedicated division was not just about company expansion, however. As Camper & Nicholsons CEO Paolo Casani says, 'it’s about survival in a changing brokerage landscape'. Olokun yacht exterior render An evolving brokerage market

Offering custom new build clients project management and representation throughout all stages of the sale and construction process is integral to surviving in the evolving brokerage market, says Casani. “I believe that it’s high time, if not even late, for brokerage companies to evolve from a business model that may have worked 20 or 30 years ago but doesn’t work anymore,” he states. “The brokerage industry is going to significantly change in the future. In fact, we can already see some of these changes today. Those who adapt their approach will have the advantage, and that’s why we have made changes within our organisation.” Baglietto DOM 133 exterior rendersWith the dedicated New Build Division utilising decades of industry experience to assist owners from project inception to delivery, it’s clear that working with Camper & Nicholsons certainly has its advantages. What’s more, clients can also utilise the entire range of C&N’s services for a hassle-free ownership experience. “After delivery, we continue to support the owner in yacht management – from accounting to onboard safety procedures, from crew placement and management to payroll. We also offer insurance services, or if the yacht is commercial, charter marketing and management. What we’re doing is offering our clients the entire package for as efficient and cost-effective ownership experience as possible.”CCN The DOM123Photo: Cerri Cantieri NavaliIn response to a growing market and the evolving needs of yacht owners, Casani also notes that owners are increasingly using representatives and Family Offices as an intermediary. “We see more and more superyachts being treated as a business,” he says. “So now rather than directly dealing with owners, we are now speaking with owner representatives and family offices and having to create new relationships with them. It’s a different relationship to what you would normally have with an owner – it’s more about business. So, therefore, showing the company as a whole, and what we can do, is increasingly important.”Baglietto 10233 yacht exterior renders“All of our current projects are really exciting because we are building something unique for the owner,” Casani concludes as he discusses the yachts currently under construction with C&N. “Every yacht is different. We do not sell small yachts. We do not sell series yachts – we sell custom yachts.” With that in mind, here we take a look at some of the latest and greatest custom new build yachts with the C&N New Build Division. 

Project 709

Sold in February 2020 by C&N’s Alex Lees-Buckley, the 42.5-metre Project 709 was launched in April 2021. The 500 GT Feadship superyacht features an interior design by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design and is scheduled for delivery in summer 2022.Feadship De Vries 709 yacht hull launch at Gouwerok shipyardPhoto: Léandre Loyseau / SuperYacht TimesOlokun

The 49.99-metre Olukun was built by the Italian shipyard Tankoa and delivered to her owners in January 2021. Sold in March 2020 by C&N’s Fernando Nicholson, she is the third hull in the Italian yard’s 50-metre all-aluminium series. Olokun yacht launch in GenovaPhoto: TankoaRun Away

Sold by the C&N New Build Division, the 37.3-metre Baglietto motor yacht Run Away was delivered to her owners in March 2021. Featuring exterior and interior design by Stefano Vafiadis, she is the first hull in Baglietto’s DOM line. Run Away yacht cruisingProject Como

Currently in build at Overmarine, the 42-metre Project Como was sold in January 2021 with C&N brokers Alex Lees-Buckley and Gaston Lees-Buckley representing the buyer in the deal. Project Como is the sixth hull in the Mangusta Oceano 43 series and is scheduled for delivery this summer. Overmarine Mangusta Oceano 43 yacht cruisingPhoto: OvermarineBaglietto 48m

Known only as hull #10233 for now, the third hull in Baglietto’s T-Line was sold in 2019 by C&N broker Tommaso Bilotta. Currently in build in La Spezia, upon delivery to her South American this summer, the latest Baglietto 48m will be the flagship of the Baglietto T-Line. Baglietto 10233 yacht exterior rendersDOM 133

The 39.95-metre DOM 133 is the second hull in Baglietto’s DOM series, measuring 2.6 metres larger than her sistership Run Away. Sold by Fernando Nicholson, Camper & Nicholsons will oversee the project throughout the build. DOM 133 is scheduled for delivery in 2023. Baglietto DOM 133 yacht exterior renders

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