UK deck hardware specialist is seeing average growth of 306% per month since it was established last year

Shipyard Supply Co (SSCo), the UK-based deck hardware specialist that formed last year, has reported strong performance in its first six months of trading.

The company says it has grown an average of 306% per month since it was set up in August 2018. As a result, SSCo has developed its custom product offering and has recently recruited a new project assistant, Dave Jeffreys.

Dave Jeffrys joined the SSCo team at the start of March

Dave Jeffrys joined the SSCo team at the start of March

SSCO commercial manager Luke Porter says: “In the first six months of trading, SSCo delivered over 50 custom items for superyachts. With yachts becoming more bespoke, we have seen a rising trend for tailored deck equipment that provides solutions to challenges onboard.

“We are responding to the growth by adding to our product portfolio and investing in the team,” he adds. ”Dave joined us at the start of March and has already hit the ground running. He is motivated, organised and a strong communicator; he will be valuable asset to the company.”

Stand-out projects for SSCo in 2019 include customised tender chocks, boarding gates and a heli-deck pole.

Working closely with the captain of a Lynx Yachts support vessel, SSCo supplied custom chocks for the yacht’s Nautique G23 wake boat. Having overseen the design and production process, SSCo shipped the chocks and bespoke lifting points to the yacht for testing and final fit.

SSCo's custom chocks

SSCo’s custom chocks

“Last year, SSCo was approached by a 136m superyacht to supply two, custom swinging boarding gates, branded and colour-matched to the mothership,” says Porter. “On the back of the successful delivery of the gates, the same yacht came back asking us to produce solutions to other problems they were facing.

“SSCo went on to supply bespoke deck ladder clamps and create a product for keeping guests a safe distance from the yacht’s heli deck. Working closely with the yacht on the design, SSCo produced a 1.1m stainless steel pole to fit into a deck socket. The crew can then tie a rope from the guardrail to the pole and across to the other guardrail, providing a barrier.”