Edward Thomas, director and founder of Gym Marine, says the company has seen a surge of demand for gym equipment solutions for superyachts. He observes that superyacht owners now also like to have dedicated spas onboard, which is something that Gym Marine is looking to move into in the future. Two of its biggest projects in 2016 have been with motoryachts 'Dilbar' and 'Lady Lara'.
Gym Marine, a UK-based gym design and equipment supply specialist for the superyacht market, has reported exponential growth in its second full year of trading. “Demand has never been higher,” Edward Thomas, director and founder told SB.
The summer is usually quiet for suppliers like Gym Marine, as most yachts are on charter and not refitting, however Thomas says the company has seen a surge of demand for rentals and also a short term demand for purchasing last-minute equipment, urgent orders, servicing and spare parts.
“Growth has so far been an upwards trend for us,” Thomas says. “We know we have a service that is unique and can really save a lot of headaches. We are the yachting industry’s only specialist gym consultant,” he claims.
The executive did not disclose figures but revealed that two of its biggest projects in 2016 have been with motoryachts Dilbar and Lady Lara.
“With a combined length over 248m — and Dilbar being the largest yacht in the world in terms of volume — these two have certainly been some of our most exciting work to date,” comments Thomas.
These yachts now have a jaw-dropping five gyms between them and the company worked alongside their management teams and crew to help create the health and fitness areas.
Gym Marine’s boss belives that bigger boats, more facilities and more gyms onboard are an increasing trend in the superyacht market. He observes that owners also like to have dedicated spas onboard, which is something that Gym Marine is looking to move into in the future.
“Charter guests are increasingly putting importance on maintaining their fitness whilst on board, which is why our rental model has helped out a lot of crew to cater to their guest’s needs in the most efficient manner,” Thomas explains. Yahct owners, he says, are also starting to recognise the importance of making time for their crew to work out and the firm has plans to launch a solution for crew fitness in due course.
Rebranded as Gym Marine (formerly known as GymCompany Marine) the firm launched a newly designed website. In addition to showcase its products and services, it aims to guide superyacht builders and designers when planning for a suitable onboard gym area.
“Our short-term goal is to make its client’s lives easier when building yacht gyms, particularly in new builds and refits. We’re also trying to improve our work in the charter market with our rental service, offering bespoke solutions to complex requests,” he concludes.
Headquartered in Bath, in the UK, Gym Marine specialises in designing gyms and fitness areas for superyachts. The company also supplies gym equipment.