Building the Superyachts – (Interior and Engine Room tour)

Building the Superyachts – (Interior and Engine Room tour)


Superyachts are fascinating craft to look at it But for me, even more fascinating, is the way they’re built and the engineering that goes into them In this video, we’ll take a look behind the scenes at how these boats are built And a look at some of the engineering that goes into building these amazing craft And for any aspiring yacht engineers, this video gives a look at another aspect of the job of a yacht engineer The boat is created as a 3D (computer) model From the model, hundreds of drawings are made which the builders in the yard use to create the boat in reality The hull starts life as a skeleton, with frames bulkheads and stringers, that are cut, assembled and welded together The actual skin of the hull is made from many small panels that are cut, rolled and welded in place Most of the small to medium-sized super yachts are built from aluminium You also get quite a number of fibreglass or composite boats at the smaller end of the scale too And on the bigger boats the hulls are usually built from steel And the super structure or the accommodation above the main deck is built from aluminium or composite material Once the hull and superstructure are complete, then the work starts with the installation of piping, insulation, electrical It’s really quite mind-boggling the amount of cables and pipe work that go into a boat When we get to the engine room later in the video, you’ll see what I mean To see the interior of these boats during the fit out is quite amazing It’s hard to imagine at this stage, just how beautiful it all looks when it’s finished There’s carpenters, plumbers, electricians, engineers, everybody working around each other It’s also equally impressive, just how quickly it transforms, from a workshop to a finished interior This is the crew mess on one boat For marine engineers, working on a yacht is quite a bit different to working on a commercial ship Here’s a small part of the audiovisual system. The entertainment system on these yachts is massive The yachts have quite large and complex audio-visual systems & computer networks. These take up quite a bit of your time Also the toys. Jet skis, tenders and other watercraft, these need to be maintained as well They’re are also something you don’t have on a ship This was going to be my bunk. But we were leaving in six weeks, I was starting to get nervous On some boats you need to share a cabin on other boats you have your own It’s another difference to working on the ships Sharing your cabin is not something you do on a ship Down the engine room there’s plenty to look at It’s like spaghetti down here, pipes and cables going everywhere But it’s a good chance with everything opened up, to follow where everything goes In the engine room, just like in the accommodation, there’s plenty of protection used Here’s a brand-new v16 MTU, nearly ready to be started up for the first time By far the two most popular engines used in super yachts, are the German MTU’s and the American Caterpillars My position on board, is Chief Engineer The engineer normally arrives in the final months of the build It’s a busy time, not just learning the boat You work together with the shipyards engineers, the classification societies surveyors Acceptance testing for all the systems and sea trials once she’s in the water Everything is getting tested. It’s a long ongoing process Finding faults, making lists, getting them fixed, ticking them off the list Also all the tools and spare parts need to be decided on and ordered in And finding enough room to store everything is always a headache Here’s one of the stabiliser fins, just prior to installation It’s only the passenger ships and ferry’s in commercial shipping, that have these They’re installed either side of the hull to cut down on rolling, when you’re underway. And also when you’re at anchor The zero speed stabilisers actually paddle when you’re at anchor, to stop the boat from rolling Here we are in the propeller workshop. We had to go down and check the fit of the propeller on its shaft They paint a blue dye on the taper on the shaft before fitting the propeller So you can check afterwards, for proper mating of the two taper surfaces And here they are after delivery, installed on the boat By now we were getting pretty close to the launch The final deck work was being done. And the painting was well underway, with plastic everywhere I think he’d lost his keys, up the exhaust… This was the crew’s office, for the duration we were in the yard Boats this size have normally two or three generators This boat had two and here they’re being tested, at just over 100 percent of their rated capacity Connected to load banks on the workshop floor By now the boat was almost ready to be launched Still a lot of work left to do after she goes in the water though Now it was time to try out these engines! Once we finally leave the yard, now it’s time to use the boat, for what it was build for I hope you enjoyed the video We’ve jumped over a lot of steps It’s definitely biased! It’s all from an engineer’s point of view But if you’re into the same sort of thing, hopefully it’s given you a better idea of how these boats are put together and if your mechanical minded and have thought of working on a boat I’ll put some links below in the description, where you can find more information on the pathways into this job Thanks for watching!


42 thoughts on “Building the Superyachts – (Interior and Engine Room tour)

  1. Nice looking boat you are working on, so much stuff to keep an eye on and so much to go wrong. I was a marine engineer on a number of commercial fishing boats that fished Alaskan waters, they were far simpler than what you are dealing with. All the new electronics they are put on them is mind boggling. My worry, what do you do when the electronics quit? It's not an if, it's a when.

    I also use to build and wrench on yachts and work boats. I was a resin rat early on then changed jobs and went into welding on them that was 20 odd years ago.

  2. Tim, very well done. Hopefully we can use this to expose the younger ones to thinking about a career. Much better than 40 hours a week in a cubicle. Take care.

  3. Well done. Very nicely put together. Having turned wrenches a good portion of my 59 years it's always interesting to see what's happening below, and how it's happening. Be safe, have fun.

  4. Enjoyed of course, but your sailing yacht development as an engineer far more interesting, but thanks for sharing, keep the youngsters inspired.

  5. I'm an EOOW with a British ticket. I work on small 'luxury' cruise ships and always thought about swapping over to yachts. But you always seem to get pretty lads on yachts which is something I am not 😂

  6. Thank you for sharing your video. Its was very interesting and enjoyable. I was amazed with the shear volume of work involved with the building of this super yacht.

  7. Another great video Tim! Thanks! Love seeing all of the technical equipment, wiring and piping. Super fascinating! Thanks again!!!

  8. Any advice on someone who wants to get into yacht engineering? Planning on take my ENG1, SCTW, Powerboat, PWC, AEC 1 and AEC 2.

  9. Great video! Sorry you have to limit the depth of the information. I'm sure there is so much more to cover. It would be great to see a whole series that covers everything start to finish, but I'm sure that would take weeks to watch all the episodes. Heck…. I'm retired, go for it mate, I'll watch em all! LOL

  10. Guys doing this work need to be at the top of their trade, they're working with very expensive materials.
    Do the owners ever come around and try to put their two cents in?

  11. have to say we never use small rolled plates wrapping up the hull, we plate longitudinally, first stretching the plate which gives it (banana ) fore n aft then form what is left

  12. Good video Tim I am a retire Woodworker and in order to get my work done correctly i had to be very analytical and methodical to go about things very often i would just stare at a particular peice of wood to study all of its natural grain and imperfections in order to put a plan together in my head on how i had to cut the item so things would align correctly i was often told by freinds and co workers that i had a Engineers or a Machinists way of thinking about everything i did when my son was very young and growing up with a interest in the many things i enjoyed i would stress upon him to take it slow and continually problem solve before the problems arose he did start out in college wanting to be a Engineer but was a little disappointed that it was a lot less hands on than he thought it would be So he switched Majors he eventually wound up in the Computer industry and in his mid 20s now is a pretty good all around Craftsman nut that is just a hoy to him keep in mind he was also raised as a Marina Brat and actually helped me restore a Antique Wooden Cabin Cruiser that i did all the mechanical , electrical, upohlestery and of course Woodworking and finishing on myself with a little help from freinds and family but the point is i didnt source out items unless it was warranty items or needed to be done by a certified shop of the manufacturer my son does have a pretty good handle on Engines and other mechanical skills like myself and we do have some very good freinds that own and operate a pretty big Machine Shop that we often would help out when they needed in exchange for their help as well so therefore my son has been exposed to a wide variety of things in his life and he ought his very own power boat at the age of 10 with his own money ( a 9’ 9” Boston Whaler that i wound up buying from him for a Dinghy ! The little Whaler is a hoot Because it was only produced for a short time y them and many people think its funny to see one my son was also a very decent Skipper and by 12 years of age he could handle my twin screw Sportfisher in and out of her slip from the Bridge i did stands another helm station in case of anything happening or if he got in trouble but he never did he began driving some of my smaller Waterski boats and Watercraft way before he was legal to and got his Safety Certificate by 6 or 7 years of age ive been a boater since i was a teenager and i purchased my first one when i was 17

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