New-build and refit consultant, educator, marine journalist and former CEO of Palmer Johnson Yachts, Phil Friedman, has published an e-book titled “10 Golden Rules for Successful New Build Projects.” In it Friedman addresses what he sees as key steps an owner can take in the beginning of a new-build project to smooth the process throughout and achieve the best final result.
Kha Shing was founded in 1977 and remains a family-owned shipyard. Since inception, the builder has delivered more than 1,000 yachts. Its current order book lists 18 yachts, including nine vessels being built for Fort Lauderdale-based Hargrave Custom Yachts. Since 1985, Kha Shing has built its own yachts under the Monte Fino label.
One of Johnson Yachts’ latest offerings is a brand-new 65 equipped with pod drives (ZF 4000), which it launched on the Australian market in its enclosed bridge version. In the United States, Johnson Yachts has been successful with its line of Bill Dixon-designed semi-custom yachts, including the 87 and flagship 105 (an appealing 125-footer has been fully engineered and is awaiting a buyer).