Burgess Marine and naval architects Laurent Giles have released renderings of Project Nelson, an 80-metre superyacht described as a “modern take on a classic gentleman’s motor yacht”. The yacht will be built at the Trafalgar Wharf facility in Portchester, UK, which is currently in use by Shemara Refit for work on the 65-metre Shemara, which dates from 1938. Burgess Marine, who are seeking “an enthusiastic owner, keen to be integrally involved, with an outstanding passion for all things Best of British”, says the project will be structured in a unique fashion and will challenge conventional superyacht building practices.

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“If we can find an owner or head of state interested in Project Nelson then I am sure that we can deliver a superb product. The opportunity presented by the owner of Shemara and the unique organisational make-up of the project is phenomenal, and one that simply cannot be ignored. It has been proven that if you have a willing and enthusiastic owner anything can be achieved. You can build your own superyacht, to the very highest of standards, and keep complete control of both the project and all the costs associated with the build. It’s not the normal way of doing things but it really does work. Project Nelson and the ‘Best of British’ concept is a wonderful opportunity and we are absolutely thrilled to be involved,” says Nicholas Warren, MD of Burgess Marine.

“With our  level of expertise and experience, and with Burgess’s engineering knowledge and know-how, the end result is sure to be mind-blowing. The opportunity to work so closely with an owner or head of state and in such an original fashion is hugely appealing. Project Nelson will be a fantastic experience for all those involved,” says David Lewis,  MD of Laurent Giles.