By their very nature shipyards are exposed to the elements, positioning themselves as they do in easy reach of major waterways. This inadvertently positions them at the mercy of extreme weather fronts such as those currently afflicting the East Coast of America and parts of Western Europe.

SuperyachtNews.com contacted a raft of superyacht companies to check in and found that, despite the difficult conditions, it was very much a case of ‘business as usual’.

Despite tidal surges that tore the landscape of England’s southwestern coast Christine Winans, of Falmouth-based Pendennis said the yard had remained unfettered. “Although the seas were extremely dramatic on the north coast of Cornwall,” she explained, “Falmouth itself is sheltered.” “Although there were more surfing opportunities than normal, it didn’t affect the projects in the yard.”



Across the Atlantic, Captain Martyn Walker spoke to SuperyachtNews.com on 8 January as his vessel, 78.6m Royal Denship Pegasus V negotiated testing conditions on route to north Florida from the Caribbean. “We had some waves last night that were huge, and would have made for spectacular photos taken by someone watching from another ship”, Walker said. “We are currently under the Bahamas Bank with 50-knot gusts and will clear the bank onwards to Jacksonville later this afternoon.”


Pegasus V negotiating calmer climes.

The polar vortex that hit large swathes of America’s eastern seaboard, and would have greeted Walker and his crew upon their arrival in Jacksonville forced the mercury to plummet everywhere. The weather produced temperatures of -17oC in New Jersey - home to KEP Marine and Interlux Yacht Finishes -  as this image from Megayacht News’ editor, Diane Byrne demonstrates.


The temperature gauge measures just 1oF in New Jersey. Image courtesy of Diane Byrne.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom, as traditional yachting business hubs, in pockets of the Mediterranean, continued to bathe in mild winter sunshine. According to the Monaco Marine Group’s sales director, Vincent Larroque the weather remains “glorious” on the French Riviera. No wonder superyacht owners continue to flock there.

And lest we forget, for those who venture further afield, the weather is still rather delightful in many parts of the world, as this image of ‘high season in Phuket', from Yacht Solutions proves…


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