Auckland-based consultancy firm Marine Management Limited (MML) creates RefitPlanner.com in response to the need for improved planning around refit and a greater degree of precision in cost estimates.

RefitPlanner_copyMarine Management Limited (MML) in New Zealand has launched RefitPlanner.com, a web-based, app-driven tool that allows for better planning and accuracy of costs in refit work, the company claims.

The tool has been created in response to the need for improved planning around refit and a greater degree of precision in cost estimates.

“The problem is that 70% of (refit) work is planned too late,” says Eric Robert-Peillard, site director at Monaco Marine in La Ciotat. “Preparation is everything and the superyacht industry will have to think more logistically in the future – not just the captains and owners, but also the management companies and boat builders.”

Ben Mennem, co-founder of Compositeworks, adds: “The market has grown enormously and there is no doubt whatsoever that the demand is exceeding supply. A few years ago it was only an issue in the high season, but now we’re completely full out of the water most of the time.”

MML claims that its web-based tool addresses these issues. The tool enables users to dynamically collect data and images to inform refit work as they walk through the yacht, acting as a shared portal and repository for all refit planning information.

In addition there is an integrated messaging function that connects crew directly to MML for any queries they may have in relation to prospective work required.

“MML’s extensive refit experience and anecdotal evidence highlighted to us the requirement for a product such as this,” says Matt Liddell, MML’s business development manager.

Liddell explains that the RefitPlanner.com app is not a stand-alone tool. “It syncs with the RefitPlanner.com website and supports real-time dynamic development of a yacht’s work package both on board and in partnership with MML’s project managers.

“There will always be a requirement for contingency in any refit. The unknown will always be unknown, but we believe this product will go a considerable way to reducing that unknown and assisting both the yacht’s crew and the shipyards in their resource, budget and schedule management. This will serve to ultimately maximise the asset (yacht or shipyard) and minimise any cost accrued,” he concludes.

Commenting on the tool, captain Jonathan Edgar says: “As a current charter yacht captain experienced in refit, I see tremendous value in using a tool that allows you to start planning early, acts as a single depository for information and by the nature of the interface, encourages you in a user friendly way to consider every aspect of the vessel in terms of refit. I fully intend to use RefitPlanner.com on board the 41m new build I am soon to be captain of.”

With a decade of experience working on superyacht refits globally, Bay of Islands Marina’s general manager Jason Chubb comments: “Having worked on large-scale refits like Seawolf and White Rabbit, I’m confident that using the app would significantly cut down the man hours required to estimate a job.”

Headquartered in Auckland MML is a full service consultancy and project management company with bespoke refit planning tools, working with the superyacht, commercial and naval sectors.

Watch the video below to learn how the web-based tool works.