Crafted in the UAE
EVERY ASPECT OF GULF CRAFT'S YACHTS ARE HANDMADE IN THEIR VARIOUS WAREHOUSES ACROSS THE EMIRATES. WE LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HUGELY SUCCESSFUL COMPANY
WHEN GULF CRAFT FIRST launched in 1982 they had a modest facility in Ajman and largely concentrated on producing small fishing boats for the local market. Now celebrating 35 years since their launch, the company boast a huge manufacturing complex in Umm Al Quwain and are firmly established in the superyacht market. They next plan to enter the world of the megayacht, which will require them to move into steel and aluminum manufacturing in order to create these 200ft behemoths. Yet, despite their rapid growth, they remain firmly rooted in the UAE and are proud of the fact that their entire product line is developed in-house.
From the ship’s hull and flybridge to the furniture and upholstery inside the luxury vessel, every aspect is designed and built in Gulf Craft’s various complexes in the UAE. That allows for greater customisation, something the company believe is vitally important.
“We are building everything from 35ft boats, right up to 175ft yachts and everything is done in-house. That way we can take control of the quality and the cost,” explained Gulf Craft CEO Erwin Bamps, while providing Virtuozity with a tour of the company’s new Majesty 100 yacht at the Dubai International Boat Show.
“Once we create new skills or techniques, we can apply them throughout our line. We created a Teppanyaki grill for one of our yachts and that can now be transferred throughout our range.
“So everything we do in our facilities, the furniture, the upholstery which is hand stitched, the painting, the stainless steel production – simply everything is done in-house.”
It is in Gulf Craft’s largest manufacturing facility in Umm Al Quwain, which opened in 2001, that new boats are conceived, designed and manufactured. The Millenium 118 – the company’s first superyacht over 98ft - was launched from the complex and it is where the new Majesty 100 was built.
On show for the first time in Dubai, it is
Gulf Craft’s first semi-convertible flybridge superyacht. This allows guests sitting within its spacious lounge area to enjoy breathtaking views of the vast seascape – as though they are seated in a traditional fly-bridge, but with the added luxury and comfort offered by indoor living. Those looking for some fresh air can simply slide down the glass panels and open the folding doors fully, converting the area into an outdoor lounging space.
The exterior, interior, and naval architecture were all designed courtesy of Gulf Craft’s in-house Design Studio, while premium marble countertops and white oak flooring adorn the superyacht’s main cabin and 5 en suite bedrooms.
“We want to build practical, modifiable boats that can handle multiple purposes. So they will be user friendly, but still exude luxury,” said Bamps. “The Majesty 100 is a great example as it is multi-functional. It can serve many markets without changing the principle design. Secondly, in terms of its interior, it will please everyone no-matter their nationality.
“Because of her practical, yet powerful, attributes in both engineering and design, the Majesty 100 is perfect for entry-level superyacht owners, whether they are looking for a waterfront retreat or an oceangoing adventure.
“We also firmly believe that this type