The future is looking very bright for Oyster Yachts since its new ownership in 2018. The development of the new Oyster Yachts’ fleet has seen an increase in new yacht sales and the production teams are once again filling the UK factory floors. Yachts returning from the last Oyster World Rally are selling through Oyster Brokerage and those queuing up for the next Oyster World Rally in 2022 are looking to buy. Jamie Collins, co-Director and Head of Palma Brokerage said “it has been a very productive year of brokerage sales” which can only be good news for Oyster Palma. The Palma service team is full to capacity looking after a continuous average of 20 – 30 yachts year round. Mark Durham, co-Director and Head of Operations says “we have been waiting all year for the quiet period to kick in but it seems there is no chance of things slowing down.”
Since Oyster Palma’s launch in 2013, the business has now expanded into a 24-strong dedicated team covering brokerage, crew placement, technical and engineering works, service and refit, guardianage, tender storage, antifouling, berthing and customer service. They now have a Project Management Team, Guardianage Team and Antifouling Team working alongside the specialist engineers, shipwrights, joiners and varnishers. The extensive facilities include an RCNP based fabrication workshop, a waterfront sales office in Moll Vell and a large warehouse in Palma for tender storage, painting and varnishing.
Now delivering Oyster quality to all makes of yacht…
The development of the Management team in Palma this year has been a crucial turning point. The two core Project Managers and Service Manager bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience from the wider yachting industry all with an Oyster background that is vital for the maintenance of the Oyster models that pass through the Balearics. However their expertise is not limited to Oysters. Hamish Burgess Simpson, Pierre Oberon and Steve Colley are there to ensure that the expected Oyster quality is delivered not only to the resident Oyster yachts but to all makes of yachts in their care. Current projects include 43m Vitters ‘Bella Regazza’, 27m Jongert ‘Vivid’ along with all the Oysters ranging from 54 to 100ft+ .
New reach and new faces – Barcelona and Palma
Early in 2019 Oyster Palma decided to spread its service offering as demand arose for cheaper winter berthing options. Oscar Sola joined the team as Oyster representative in Barcelona during the summer to set up the mainland Oyster service. Oscar comes from a professional sailing background spanning 25 years and ran his own sailing school. He is now looking after the yachts in Oyster’s care along the Spanish coastline. He has an impressive knowledge of Barcelona and a network of reliable service personnel who will prove invaluable to visiting yachts.
The Palma team also welcomes Eugene Chevalier as their new Guardianage Manager. Eugene joins Oyster from Princess Yachts where he was working as a senior engineer. Before that he worked as Mate/Engineer on large motor and sail boats and ran his own, successful building company. As a Crossfit champion outside of work he naturally brings boundless energy and positivity to the team.