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Knowledge gained in a business over three generations drives an approach that often mystifies more recent entrants in the market. To survive this long in naval architecture, yacht and boatbuilding is a feat on its own. There are only a handful of boatbuilding families in New Zealand who have managed to do so. As a business it is a low margin activity that relies entirely on passion to drive it.

Our approach is very simple. We concentrate on building new craft of our own design. When we do not have a vessel under construction we simply retract. We keep our costs low. Our stock is kept minimal. It takes a great amount of confidence to do nothing. By working this way we are able to remain competitive. Our drawing office always remains busy, it always has been. 
Over the years we have been involved in the design and construction of over 140 different craft between 30 and 120ft. The first of these were all wood. In the 1950s we moved into steel design and have remained designing steel and aluminum craft since. In the 1970s we began working in steel as well as wood. We also experimented with GRP. Since the early 1990s we have worked exclusively in steel. 
Our first ocean going motor yacht design was “Hamal”, a 67ft steel vessel in 1970. Interest in this vessel has lead in more recent years to the development of our range of offshore motor yachts that includes the W48, W54, W60, W72 and W79. We have developed these to offer the market a true ocean going alternative to the many production boats being promoted.  
The only one in our range that has not made it from the drawing board to the workshop floor is the W54. There was always interest, interest that led to her larger sister the W60. 
The first Watson 60, “Bastion” has attracted a lot of attention. Surprising, considering she has had no exposure in any of the yachting magazines. The few who have viewed her have expressed their appreciation of her well laid out accommodation, quality woodwork, immaculate engine room and attention to detail. Her outstanding performance data, confirmed during her first offshore voyage has again demonstrated the economy obtainable from a well designed displacement vessel.
This has spurred on the demand for her smaller sister, the W54, a model I was considering dropping from our range.
Starting at the end of 2012 we commenced detail design work for the W54. First we went back over the general arrangement drawing and altered it in accordance with everything good we knew from the W60. This included altering the engine room access, developing a new engine room arrangement and small alterations to the accommodations. 
Like the rest of our range the W54 has the following attributes: 
Designed for Unrestricted Ocean Service
Hull structural complies for Ice Class
Redundancy of systems
A range at cruise speed of 5000 miles, extendable to 9000 miles.
Built to Lloyds SSC Ocean 1 (optional)
Built to Bureau Veritas Classification (optional)
There is a year of detailed design work in a vessel of this size. This is now well underway. We plan to have the W54 ready for practical construction by September this year.
Currently we have interest in hull #1. However the economics of small vessel construction requires two to commence with. While we are committed to hull 1, it is subject to an order for two. 
For the construction of these, which will take 14 months, we have committed a time window from September 2013 to December 2014. 
Over the next six months as design work continues I will be explaining the vessel inside and out, basically what separates her from all the competition. If you think you may be interested then please follow progress here or contact me directly: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Last Updated (Saturday, 09 February 2013 13:31)

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