Project Identity arrives on the Cairns marine scene
Relocating her family from the Gold Coast in January 2009, owner operator of Project Identity, Susan Byrne has made an immediate impact since arriving in Cairns. “I had hopes that I might be able to add some superyacht experience to my smaller vessel resume, but I wasn’t prepared for the job of my life as soon as I arrived” said Ms Byrne.
MY Major Wager, a 48m Feadship built 1985 had docked in Cairns just after Christmas 2008 after her new owners had used her continuously at full 10-guest capacity for the previous four months. Originally only in Cairns for a mechanical refit and Lloyds five year survey, the job escalated to running the entire interior refit for Captain Walter Rowan over the next six weeks. Susan remarked, “I literally didn’t unpack until the end of March!”
An interior stylist with experience in residential and commercial interior design markets, Susan crossed into the marine field six years ago. The 48m and 450t MY Major Wager is an excellent example of the type of work Project Identity is capable of. The owner was very specific in how she wanted her boat to look, monitoring progress through regular e-mail and phone contact with the United States. “Most importantly we needed to ensure that she got the ‘can do’ tone in everything” said Susan.
With three King size and two Queen size cabins, which are all ensuited, the MY Major Wager also features a main salon and music Room, three separate dining areas, a skylounge, crew’s quarters, galley, bridge and the Captains quarters, with all areas completely refitted throughout.
Project Identity organised and imported 540m of fabric from ten different suppliers throughout the USA and Europe to refurbish all the ceiling panels, wall panels, window treatments and most of the seating upholstery. Carpets for the entire boat were sourced from Australian suppliers wherever possible and Project Identity designed and manufactured decorative screens, remodelled sofas, found appropriate decorator items and furniture, and covered all the detail needed to complete the extensive fitout. Although specific budgets were never discussed for the extensive refit, Project Identity provided detailed costs to the owner on a regular basis.
With MY Major Wager having to sail by mid-March 2009, the most impressive aspect of the project was Project Identity’s coordination of 22 individual companies from Cairns to Sydney. Ms Byrne stated, “Major Wager is a showcase to their professionalism and workmanship…the owners and the Captain certainly think so. I cannot say that it all went without a hitch, because there were some brain splitters, but we always managed to come up with solutions and stay calm.”
From their experiences over the past year, Project Identity are of the opinion that superyacht crews mostly seem unaware of the standard of interior workmanship in Australia, tending to only offer small bits of work initially to test your capabilities. Project Identity’s ability to tackle all manner of requests have been highlighted during this time. “We have replaced and remodelled surfaces in 42m MY Aquamarina’s galley, had hand- made orchid planters made for the 40m MY CV-9, and solved the supply and maintenance problems for the 93m SY Eos” commented Susan.
“With Australian businesses and governments effectively marketing Australia as a cruising destination, Project Identity is one of a handful of yacht interior specialists in Queensland eager to push the interior refit capability message to the world-wide superyacht industry. Some of the work that is being produced in this state is truly incredible” stated Susan.
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