Owner representation, when poorly executed, creates complications with wide impacts. It reduces project momentum, amplifies problems, depletes morale, and adds significant costs and complexity to refit projects. Surprises are always going to be the norm, and things going wrong are the reality in Refits, and the competence and experience of the owner’s representative affects every aspect of the crucial relationship between the shipyard and the owner. But successfully navigating the way forward between owner expectations and refit yard capacities requires an unusual array of experience, abilities, and “agilities.” Owner’s representative and yacht engineer Dean Vaughan will share his real-world perspectives on, and experiences in the increasingly frequent utilization of owners’ representatives in refits.
Wednesday, April 10, 2:15-3:00pm
Engineer, Owner's Rep
Dean Vaughan is the founder of Benchmark Yacht, a consulting group helping initiate, manage, and conclude major refit projects for yacht management companies and owners. He is a licensed chief engineer who grew up around the working boats and boatbuilders of Western Australia, serving a four-year apprenticeship studying large engineering systems maintenance and repair, and developing the skills of the mechanical fitter, machinist, welder, fabricator, and shipbuilding tradesman. He then attended maritime college and worked as a sub-contractor, installing, commissioning, and providing after-sales service and warranty work on the motor yachts, patrol boats and commercial vessels he helped to build. He has sailed the world’s oceans as a yacht engineer on vessels from 100 to 315 feet, working with diesel & hybrid power plants, turbines, and water jets. He has represented owners on custom new-builds, and overseen numerous refits. He is certified in workplace training and education.
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