Boating Services

Custom Build and Refits

Boating Services


Custom Build

A custom designed yacht allows an owner to realise their ideas and visions.


Custom design boats are not only for the super wealthy, they can be an economically beneficial option for more modest owners. We are able to help with all type of projects from high performance racing yachts to open motor boats.


Most owners take great pleasure from having a custom build boat project. We are able to guide and advise owners on crucial decisions so that the boat fulfils your expectations.

Yacht Construction Management

For many years Nicolle Associates have worked alongside a number of the world’s foremost yacht builders, designers, naval architects, engineers and shipyards, managing numerous projects on behalf of owners. Projects have included racing yachts, composite cruising superyachts with complex systems and a number of motor yachts in the United Kingdom and as far afield as New Zealand.


Our knowledge and experience allows us to work on behalf of the owner to ensure the yacht is constructed on time and within budget.


By working with all the parties involved throughout the build, we ensure that the boat is built to the highest standard and that it fits the expectations of the owner.


Our services include, but are not limited to:


Naval Architect and Designer selection
Preparation of detailed specification and build schedules
Budget preparation and monitoring
Selection of shipyard
Preparation and negotiation of build agreement
On-site construction inspections
Regular progress updates
Sea trials
Yacht registration
Hand over
Warranty management




Often after many years of use a boat will require upgrades to keep her looking and working in the best possible way. We are able to undertake all manners of refit work to vessels of any size.


Having a boat refitted gives you a personal involvement which truly makes the boat ‘your own’ and will add to the pleasure of ownership. Whether this is as simple as a repaint or the addition of a bathing platform you can achieve exactly what you want.


Here is a list of some, but not all, of the modifications we are able to do:


  • Custom design and layout modifications
  • Custom lighting and backlit yacht names
  • Painting and detailing
  • Custom interior modifications
  • Generators
  • Air Conditioning and heating systems
  • Bow/ Stern thrusters
  • Water systems (Ice maker, water maker and purifiers)
  • Teak decking
  • Passerelles and biminis
  • Communications (VHF, SSB, AIS and satellite systems)
  • Grey and Black tank systems
  • Sound and entertainment systems
  • CCTV and security systems
  • Remote monitoring systems
  • Coding for charter