Global Explorer Yachts manages new build projects for discerning clients around the world. Darren Nightingale is the General Manager of this operation.
Darren was born into a yachting family in Australia in 1969. He grew up racing sailing yachts which is where he spent all his free time. He completed an apprenticeship as an electrical and instrument technician with a large petro chemical company and continued to work for them for some years. After this he returned to yachting as this is where his aspirations lay. The next 15 years on the sea and in project management positions built a solid foundation of the technical, operational and management side of the superyacht industry.
When asked about superyacht construction, Darren had this to say:
“To construct a superyacht today you must have a team with extensive technical knowledge managing the project, from writing specifications and contract negotiations, general arrangement and design, through the entire build process until delivery. One of the biggest issues I find on superyachts today is in the system design, which is where I focus a lot of my time. From calculating machinery space ventilation, correct pump selection for the application, optimum stabilization sizing, generator size selection, sufficient fresh water and bunker capacity, effective machinery vibration isolation, the items are numerous. We strive to make educated and calculated decisions, and I find my technical background irreplaceable.”
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