Some Information to exchange:
Contact information for you or your captain
Your yacht’s name and location along with any promotional media
Your yacht’s designer, builder and its overall length
You may also want to have a display space or scale in mind
Most of our clients are referred to us by visiting our website or through a friend who has visited our impressive shop. Choosing a model builder that can meet your expectations is a serious consideration. We encourage the exploration of our website for insightful information that will help with this decision. After initial e-mail correspondence a phone call will be in-order to further identify the scope of the project.
Visiting our Studio
A personal visit to the shop enables the establishment of a more intimate relationship where we can discuss and answer more specific questions relating to your individual needs and ideas. While in Camden the projects’ timeframe and many details; such as the display case and design, building techniques and materials, access to design information, and to the yacht itself, can all need to be discussed.
Documentation and Labor Estimation
It is critical that we have the most complete information possible. The documentation process is important to fill in the missing information that we need to build the model yacht from. Detailed measurements, photos and video of the many details that do not exist on the yacht’s plans must be gathered in person. This information is then cross-referenced with the available drawings and updated to produce the most accurate lines for us to build from.
We work on a time and materials basis, so the more information we have available to us, the more precise we can be with our estimation. Our estimations are based on previously recorded work that may be of similar complexity. On average models may run anywhere from 1,500 to 5,000 hours to build.
Display, Crating and Delivery
We draft the preliminary design for the display case and the shipping crate with the owner’s considerations in mind. We work closely with skilled cabinetmakers like Bill Evans (www.yachtmodels.com/archives/evans.html) to refine details such as, choice of woods and finishes, veneers and inlays, and final proportions for the case and table display.
We do the final model packing and crating assembly here at our shop, to ensure safe passage, and we make the shipping arrangements with a specialized art shipping company to transport the model anywhere in the world. Some material reimbursement expenses to consider are shipping fare and insurance, tariffs, and travel fare. A portion of the shops’ insurance policy for any yacht model in our care is billed to the client on an annual schedule. When the model is ready for delivery, we issue a statement of value, so that the model can be transferred to the client’s private insurance policy.