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Spencer Buley Group Welcomes Derek Munro

Derek Munro left & Ashley Spencer Hurrell right

Derek Munro (left) & Ashley Spencer Hurrell (right)

Spencer Buley Group (SBG) prides itself on hand selecting only the finest independent professionals to work with its clients for the design and build of yachts of the future. SBG is delighted to welcome Derek Munro, MD of Yacht Consultancy, who will head up the Yacht New Builds for SBG.

Mr Munro’s previous role was Project Manager for the design and build of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced sailing yacht:  Black Pearl. Mr Munro now privately manages SY Black Pearl through his bespoke yacht management company Divergent Yachting, which prides itself on providing a more individual service to the Client, Captain and Crew.

At 106.7m, Black Pearl features many impressive technological systems such as one of the most advanced hybrid propulsion system and waste heat recovery systems. “The owner is committed to leaving as little ecological footprint as possible,” explained Mr Munro.

It’s reported that Black Pearl can operate continually using zero fossil fuels whilst sailing. This is achieved through Regeneration and a very smart Energy Management system. Read more about Black Pearl in SuperYacht Industry issue 3 on page 34-39.

The synergies between Ashley Spencer Hurrell, Founder of Spencer Buley Group and Mr Munro are aligned. Both are extremely passionate about the industry they work in, protecting the owner’s best interests at every stage of the design and build process and share their vision for zero emission yachts of the future.

 As Mr Hurrell said, “Yacht design needs to become more cutting edge, to meet the exacting standards and ‘green’ specifications required by our avant-garde, eco-conscious, clients. Zero carbon footprint yachts will leave our planet in a better state for our children’s children and beyond.”

Mr Hurrell and Mr Munro have the same beliefs and vision to take the yacht industry into the future and are excited to be combining their core skills and principles to ensure the client’s needs remain at the forefront of the D&B process, whilst pushing boundaries in the zero emissions super yacht market, whether that is in exploration, sailing or motor yachts, making SBG number one in its field.

SBG’s value is in providing a truly independent turnkey design and build solution. With Mr Munro heading up the new builds and forming part of the Owners team, SBG working in association with Yacht Consultancy will tailor a Project or Owners Team around their clients, introducing them to the world’s finest ‘independent’ partners; specialist yacht design & naval architects Laurent Giles, interior designers, service providers, unmatched in their wealth of experience and knowledge in their specialist fields. SBG with Mr Munro will then assist the Client to select the right yard for the project build.

Mr Munro says, “its paramount to have the finest Owners team, this allows the client to clearly communicate their vision to the owners team who can then discuss and display this technically at a yard. The Owners team is in place to offer the finest expert opinion and protect the Clients interests every step of the way. 

Mr Hurrell adds, “Derek Munro who is also Chairman of the Superyacht Charities Foundation, is one of the true gents of the yachting world and what he brings to the group, is world class and we