The founders of Superyacht Tenders and Toys (SYTT), Josh and Claire Richardson, have launched a specialist deck hardware company Shipyard Supply Co (SSCo) to meet the demand for quality superyacht deck equipment.

The new business will be headed up by Luke Porter, formerly of Oyster Yachts, allowing Josh and Claire Richardson to focus on the continued success of SYTT.

Since its launch in 2011, SYTT has seen year-on-year growth in all aspects of its business, particularly in its deck equipment division.

“By launching Shipyard Supply Co we are evolving with the superyacht market and meeting the rapid growth in the demand for deck hardware,” says Josh Richardson. “The new business will operate as a separate entity handling the manufacture and supply of everything from tender whips and fenders to custom stainless steel and carbon projects. This allows SSCo to go beyond the scope of SYTT products and form new relationships and distributorships within the industry and we are very excited to have Luke onboard to manage all of this.”

Luke Porter comments: “It’s an exciting time in the superyacht sector with increasing demand for bigger, better and more customised projects. As a former bosun on a superyacht I know how frustrating it can be spending time searching for quality products or finding local suppliers to work on custom projects, so it makes perfect sense to have a one stop shop for all deck equipment. Our aim is to offer market leading products with unrivalled customer service so that the sourcing and buying process is as easy as possible for purchasing departments and yacht crew.”

Peter Emmons, technical sales at SYTT, will join Porter at SSCo as technical manager, handling all deck equipment enquiries. However, Emmons will continue to work closely with current SYTT clients, assuming a dual role in order to bridge the gap between the two companies in the early days.

SYTT will continue to provide deck equipment from across the range of suppliers with its ethos being to provide choice, not compromise and find the perfect solution for each individual client.