The next few blogs are all going to be about Pendana’s remodel and how things are progressing. As a teaser, I have put a quick blog together with photos to show that it’s not all G&T’s on the back deck in the boating game.
Pendana is pretty much perfect on the mechanical side of things and, as such, we decided some time ago that we would complete a remodel this year and all that entails. There is little doubt that things on Pendana are going to change and Pendana’s interior will be given some very special attention and love by the folks at Pacific Yacht Management (PYM) and NW Design Guild.
The photos below are of Pendana and how she currently looks. Well, how she looked before we arrived in Seattle and before work began. While she looked great, Claire, the girls and I decided that it was time for a change and time to bring Pendana’s interior up to date.
It’s safe to say that organising a work order such as ours takes many people, hours of meetings and planning beforehand, skilled labour and a dedication to ensure that the end result is achieved. It also takes sheer determination and an iron cast will to see it all through and thankfully, Pacific Yacht Management was there to help make sure all of this happened.
As much of the work we wanted to do involves interior remodelling, Claire and I decided that the services of an interior designer were required. Jeff Sanson at PYM put us in touch with Lynn Holms from the NW Design Guild with whom, we are eternally grateful, as without her help, service and support, we would still be picking out colours and second guessing ourselves.
NW Design Guild is a design studio with full manufacturing capabilities which specialise in the design and manufacture of quality custom furnishings. They service interior design firms (both commercial and residential) and have extensive experience in building furniture and doing interior design work for the yacht industry. There is no doubt that these guys took pity on us poor Aussies when they decided to get involved as the boats they usually work on are three/four times the size. We are completely indebted to the services from all the team at NW Design Guild and in particular their inspirational designer, Lynn Holms, who heads the team.
We are also very grateful to David Smith from In Grain Furniture who has been charged with creating a stunning custom salon table for Pendana. David’s approach to the creation of this piece is impressive to say the least. I am sure Claire and I will be thrilled with the end result with what we think will be more like a piece of art, than a salon table.
Finally, the team at Pacific Yacht Management have been great. It’s funny, but Jeff Sanson doesn’t really sell his capabilities that well if the truth be told. Jeff’s team consists of fourteen full time employees that cover just about every aspect required to maintain the largest of vessels. PYM also has its own wood-shop and cabinetry area with two full time cabinet makers, who between them have a wealth of experience in the superyacht sector. PYM is certainly a larger business than I thought it was when making the decision to have them look after Pendana. What Jeff and his team don’t know about boating and maintaining complex systems is not worth knowing – it’s that simple.
As week two begins in earnest here in Seattle the cabinetry crew start work on pulling the counters apart, removing the cabinet where the old Inca TV lift once stood while others remove the dishwasher and stove. Mickey Smith from PYM started to review requirements to replace all of the air handlers on Pendana in favour of the more robust Technicold units. While all of this was going on the design team from NW Design Guild arrived to remove the seating in the Salon and pilothouse as well as to confirm the new design.
All in all, it is a maelstrom of activity aboard Pendana right now with people coming and going, from carpet and carpet binding folks to marble installers and autopilot specialists, headliners to heads (toilets), there appears no end in the line-up of people who are all here to make sure the end result is perfect.
A little more on the above Hydrive service bulletin. I spoke with Grahame Anderson who is the General Manager of Hydrive as I was concerned that this service bulletin did not reach me and if that was the case then maybe others were not aware of this also. Grahame said, and I quote, “You make a valid point – I guess because in the current age of the internet, most people contact us directly with technical issues, we just take for granted that we would simply supply them a copy of the necessary information and some friendly advice so they can get on their way again. Our steering has been on the market since the late 1960’s and as a result there are a lot of different models – each with their own idiosyncrasies – and most people cannot readily identify their models. Because of this we prefer people to contact us for support rather than self-diagnose based on the wrong models etc”. So, in closing, for any Hydrive questions go direct to Hydrive as they are more than happy to help. Just wish I had picked up the phone a year ago.
HyDrive Engineering Pty Ltd
59 Wingfield Road, Wingfield.
Ph +61 8 8243 1633
Fax +61 8 8445 7938
Link to bulletin can be foundHERE.
I must say that so far, I have been impressed with the level of activity aboard Pendana (although there can always be more) and I am sure that we will have this project done and dusted in the seven week time frame allotted. More to come as things progress!