Gregory Yeakle - Gulf Craft If you can think it you can do it
“IF YOU CAN THINK IT YOU CAN DO IT”
Gulf Craft is the first shipyard dedicated to yacht building in the middle East to have taken up a strong position in international markets. It was founded by Mohammed binhussein Alshaali the current president, back in 1982. Today the yard’s range goes from an entry level of 27’ up to 175’ through several lines namely: Majesty Yachts, Nomad Yachts, Silvercraft and Oryx. A new 200’ Majesty is on the way to completion. So as to compete with big brand names the company which employs about 1,600 staff with premises along the Ajman coast and with plants also in the nearby emirate of Umm Al-quwain – has had to develop a productive system of the highest quality, by adopting cutting edge technology. Chief Executive Officer Gregory Yeakle was taken on in June 2018 to take the helm and upgrade training techniques and update management. His own training comes from California originally, he’s an expert in company organisation and management. On the basis of the know how gained in this field at Alexander Proudfoot and in other important companies such as Informix, Invensys and for over a decade as global head of the Oil and Gas division at Accudyne Industries and MD at Milton Roy and Dosatron, I met up with him in the course of the latest International Yachting Festival in Cannes. From oil rigs to superyachts how great is the step? It all depends from which view point you are looking. As far as I’m concerned the experience I gained in that field was useful to me in understanding how important the issue “safety” is above any other and I firmly believe this must be equally important in recreational yachting, I feel at ease in this sector as well. Likewise every time I go out to sea with family or friends to spend a relaxing week end, the first thing I want to be sure about is that everything goes smoothly with no problems. I think the principle applies to everyone. So do you consider yourself a boater in your free time?