As we head towards another sailing season in the Mediterranean, Palmawatch are celebrating their long association with the yacht maintenance and refit sector in Palma, having been established for 16 years, and being based right in the heart of the action at the bustling and ever busy STP shipyard.
We asked Pierre Oberon, Managing Director for some thoughts on the future, and to share some highlights from 2017.
“Last year was very successful for us, in terms of consolidating the capabilities of our team, both from a hands-on skills perspective, and also within our administrative and customer service functions. This puts us in great shape to continue growing the business, whilst offering the most comprehensive range of quality driven services to our clients in 2018 and beyond” said Pierre.
Almost exactly a year ago, Palmawatch announced that Helen Stachini had joined the company to look after the Client Liaison side of the business. Pierre said, “Helen’s contribution to the business development has been a real asset. With her many years previous experience in the yachting industry, and a friendly, positive attitude, she epitomises the approach that has helped us to gain our reputation for reliability.”
Later last year Pierre announced a logical extension of the Palmawatch capability with the formation of Palmafits about which he said, “with this latest development, and our solid background in smaller-scale yacht refits, we aim to fulfil the demand for larger refit projects, with our usual professionalism and attention to detail.”
“The Palmafits philosophy is based on the premise that every aspect of a refit project, from the initial enquiry through to sea trials is professionally managed, with effective communications between all interconnected parties being at the core of the business. And equally importantly we have invested in having a fully supportive team in place to provide effective communications and well-coordinated administration. In this respect, the incorporation of Daniela Weber is a real asset for Palmafits due to her long experience managing TPA’s and yacht agency services”
To further support their future operations, Palmawatch have also made sure to keep their in-house trade skills and expertise at the highest possible level. For instance, their Metalwork, Plumbing and Engine Service departments are manned by highly qualified tradesmen with many years experience in the marine industry.
All of this is backed up by continuously adding to their portfolio of reputable material supplies, where Palmawatch actively represent leading marine equipment manufacturers such as Exit Engineering (Carbon Fibre wheels, swim ladders and Gangways) and Lewmar to name a few.
Photo: Daniela Webber, Pierre Oberon & Helen Stachini