Get inspired. Flex your imagination. Because building a yacht should be a joy, from start to sea. Our highly recommended yacht concierge company Burgess offer a wraparound service in every aspect of design and build, from conception to delivery, working with the finest people and shipyards around.

Yacht Construction is about sheer exhilaration: The excitement, enjoyment and unique sense of fulfilment that comes when you first experience a boat you’ve created. That’s the results Burgess give to clients. Their strong team of Naval Architects, Technical Managers and Marine Engineers assures that the highest standards are met at every stage without compromise. They will protect the value of your investment leaving you free to indulge your imagination and enjoy the build process…

They provide analysis at the start of a project that will pay dividends later, in terms of re-sale value and charter revenue.”


A custom-built superyacht is not usually an impulse purchase. The desire to commission one’s own yacht is usually reached over time, informed by the experience of owning, chartering and spending time on friends’ yachts. The Burgess new construction team has the commercial, technical and market insight to help you turn a wish-list into a brief, to define what are the must-have features of your yacht, based on the way you intend to use her. The team will then prepare a statement of owner’s requirements and assist with a concept design tender against which shipyards can bid.

In a market where pedigree matters, the Burgess new construction team is highly regarded and valued by major shipyards and yacht designers worldwide. They are also continually making new connections with emerging facilities as far afield as Chile and China as they enter the market, continuously evaluating their capacity to meet the needs of our clients. This means they can offer impartial advice on where to build and which designer to choose, validating the information supplied and analysing responses to a competitive tender.
They’ve worked with many different yards and designers, who are all developing new techniques and solutions that may be appropriate to your project.

Once a shipyard has been selected, they are able to help with drawing up the detailed specifications and general arrangement plan against which the contract will be agreed. They have a sound technical understanding of issues such as excessive noise and vibration or delayed delivery, which might result in liquidated damages. Based on a realistic assessment of where the risks lie, for both owners and shipyards, they can negotiate fair and equitable contracts.
They use all their experience to reduce the risks and costs of an owner’s financial investment.

At the design stage, Burgess technical experts work closely with the yard and interior designer to ensure that designs meet the appropriate technical and legal requirements. It is their role to represent the owner’s vision and interests throughout, and to consult closely with the owner where any changes are required in order to comply with the complexities of changing international legislation. The Burgess team is regularly in dialogue with the classification societies, flag states and governing regulatory bodies, constantly road-testing the best compliancy solutions.

Throughout the construction phase, the Burgess new construction team will advise on scheduling, supervise the build, accompany clients on site visits, make regular progress reports, and review and approve the shipyard’s supply chain on the owner’s behalf. They are also on hand to resolve any technical difficulties with the design or build, including any changes to the specification that may arise, for example when the relevant regulations change. With their own marine engineers in-house, they are able to complement the shipyard’s own resources at any time to help reduce the risk of delays to the build.
Their role is to ensure the integrity and quality of the build from start to finish, to be the owner’s representative at the yard.

Sea trials are an essential and thrilling phase in the development of a custom built yacht. They provide the designers, builders and technical team with an opportunity to fine tune the yacht’s systems, and to iron out any ‘snagging’ issues. Burgess naval architects and marine engineers play a key role in the sea trial stage, bringing their depth of technical insight to bear in both identifying and resolving any last minute issues. Their awareness of both contractual obligations and regulatory requirements ensures that nothing is missed, and that the yacht realises her full potential.
“Seeing her on the water is a great feeling, and then you get down to studying her performance under different conditions with a highly technical, critical eye.”

Burgess have successfully delivered more custom built large yachts than any other specialist. With every new launch, you can take pride in the professionalism and technical prowess of their new construction team. But the story doesn’t end there. Owners, charter guests, captains and crews all provide valuable feedback that benefits the next new build project, and the one after that.
“Many Burgess new construction projects are from owners who have built with them before. There is no better compliment to their ability to deliver.”

Any project of this complexity and size comes with sizeable package of warranty documentation. These are not only issued by the shipyard, but also cover every major component, system and item of equipment, from the yacht’s main engines to the running machines in the gym. The Burgess new construction team will ensure all the relevant guarantees are in place, extended where appropriate and enforced where necessary.



Cunard House
15 Regent Street
St James’s
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7766 4300
Fax: +44 20 7766 4329


111 East 61st Street
New York
NY 10065
Tel: + 1 212 223 0410
Fax: +1 212 223 0420


603 Habtoor Business Tower
Dubai Marina
Po Box 71992
Tel: +971 52 950 9519


Limited only by Imagination

The best place to get a custom yacht

The launch party is always fun, but nothing beats seeing the yacht in use, a couple of years later, looking just as special as she did on day one

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