Palmawatch… Fully geared up for the new Med season.Peter Franklin
With the seasonal holidays behind us, and the 2016 Mediterranean yachting season around the corner, Mallorca based Palmawatch are in great shape to offer their usual high level of service to yacht owners for haul out repairs, maintenance, projects, painting, antifouling and total refits.
Last autumn Palmawatch announced their busiest refit and repair season in their 14 year history, whilst completing a summer recruitment drive that saw a number of well qualified professionals joining the team, headed up by managing director and ex yacht captain Pierre Oberon.
Highly experienced staff with strong backgrounds in their individual fields joined the organisation, thus bolstering the company’s expertise in the areas of admin/finance, engineering, project management, gardienage, and operations management.
The new hires will further strengthen and complement their existing team based inside the STP superyacht yard facility, which is also expanding to accommodate even more vessels in 2016.
Pierre Oberon said, “we have built our reputation for technical competence and reliability from a strong base of experienced industry specialists, and our technical/project management staff have hundreds of thousands of sea miles to their credit, so they really know about the practicalities of running yachts!”
Another feature of the companies historical development is the way they have forged strong relationships with major yacht builders, brokers and owners representatives. 2015 saw this deliberate trend continuing with an announcement of a joint cooperation with Dahm International Yacht Brokers in Palma, offering a one-stop solution to owners who want buy their yacht with the confidence that a reliable maintenance partner is on hand.
Long standing working arrangements with leading yacht brands such as Oyster and Jongert were also reinforced in 2015, and the company’s excellent reputation for carrying out quality antifouling projects and general underwater maintenance was well proven on several large projects.
Several captains took the trouble to write to Palmawatch complimenting them on their quality management and service level during 2015. Here is just one example: “Palmawatch are a fantastic service and an essential part of SY Rapture’s refit and repair work. And just as importantly, you manage the invoices and all financial matters with professional ease. I would certainly use you again and recommend your services to any yacht in the Mediterranean!” Capt. Jeff Hanlon – S/Y Rapture.
Indeed, Palmawatch have proven in practical measurable terms, how the administration and financial management of a refit or major maintenance project is as important to the yacht owner and his captain as the quality of the job itself is.
The company has all the required accounting and monitoring procedures in-house to track and analyse the financial progress of the works and report back comprehensively to the owner. Palmawatch also has the necessary arrangements in place with the Spanish customs authorities to be able to offer Temporary Importation (TPA) tax exemption. This can benefit those clients whose yachts qualify for re-export and thus may be temporarily brought into and used for private purposes in the EU, or more strictly in the ‘customs territory of the Community’, (which includes EU territorial waters) without customs duties or Value Added Tax (VAT) needing to be paid.
More details from Palmawatch
Tel: (+34) 871 932 249 – palmawatch.test