Batavia is one of 47 superyachts of 24-metres from the Asia-Pacific and domestic Australian market to head to The Boat Works for service and refit projects since expanding its facility with the new superyacht yard in February 2020.
Batavia’s owners had intended to travel to Auckland for the America’s Cup in March 2021, but their plans changed due to COVID19 travel restrictions.
Captain Mark Clacher has been the skipper for the owners for the past 16 years and at the helm of Batavia for six years, navigating the tranquil waters of Lankawi, Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Cambodia and Borneo.
“The owners had cruised all of Australia and wanted to see all the wonderful islands on our doorstep, so we’ve been based in Asia for the past 5 and a half years,” he says.
When it came time to undertake repairs and some refurbishment, Captain Mark contacted Rod Twitchin, Director of RTMarine, based at The Boat Works.
Rod has had a long history with the vessels owner and crew and had overseen carried out the pre-purchase inspection on Batavia overseas six years ago.
“We could have stayed in Asia or chosen another yard,” says Captain Mark. “But Rod told us about The Boat Works’ new purpose-built superyacht yard with 300 Tonne lift and all the facilities, so we headed to the Gold Coast.”
Batavia’s upgrades included an array of engineering works, plumbing and air-conditioning, antifouling and underwater lighting installs, refinishing works of the superstructure along with various interior and exterior refurbishments.
Refinishing works were undertaken by Superyacht Solutions. Steve Wicks, Director at Superyacht Solutions says they were thrilled to contribute to the Batavia project.
“Superyacht Solutions was delighted that a valuable customer of many years standing recently provided an opportunity to utilise The Boat Works’ spectacular new facilities.
“The hospitality and co-operation of The Boat Works’ staff were a boon to captain, crew and painters alike. We congratulate and commend The Boat Works on the thought and effort that has obviously been involved in the development of the new facility.”
Project Manager, Rod Twitchin says “It all went smoothly”.
“The biggest challenge was working to the tight deadline of seven weeks, which is often the case with commercial and privately-owned vessels. But we all collaborated and got it done.”
“The Gold Coast has become the recognised marine industry epicentre, directly employing around 10,000 people,” explains Shane Subichin, General Manager at The Boat Works.
Superyachts visitation is advantageous to boost the local economy and the revenue flows on to hundreds of suppliers and contractors across Queensland and northern NSW.
The Captain and crew of Batavia are looking forward to their next trip, and equally, getting back to The Boat Works in early 2021.
“After this first lot of works, we’ll be travelling south to Sydney for Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations,” says Captain Mark. “We’re very happy with the service and standard of work here. Everything has run smoothly and to budget. We’ll be back in early 2021 to complete the rest.”
After their next stint at The Boat Works, depending on restrictions, the owners of Batavia are hoping to travel to New Zealand and perhaps return back to the South Pacific and beyond when the time is right once again.