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OYS delivers its largest ever sailing yacht thruster

Tripp 85m

Ocean Yacht Systems largest thruster to be installed on a sailing boat is now in operation following the delivery of the first Vitters Shipyard and Oceanco superyacht of 2016. The 85m Bill Tripp Design Naval Architecture design is equipped with a 1000 vertical retracting bow thruster and a 700 swing stern thruster engineered, designed and manufactured by Ocean Yacht Systems.

Aquijo, is a ground-breaking sailing superyacht that integrates outstanding sailing performance, state-of-the-art technology and reliability, with exceptional space, comfort and luxury.

Ocean Yacht Systems have a reputation built on working with ground-breaking custom projects, with each thruster made to order with a specific design based on years of experience. The 1000mm diameter thruster is the largest built by Ocean Yacht Systems for a sailing boat to date. 

For further information on the Ocean Yacht Systems thrusters delivered please contact us via the website here. 


Job vacancies at OYS

There are two positions available at Ocean Yacht Systems for enthusiastic individuals to join our team in Christchurch, Dorset.Engineering Technician OYS


Summary of Role:

Assembly, testing and servicing of yacht rigging equipment, hydraulic cylinders and bow thrusters.

Specific Activities Include:

  • Construction of rigging stays.
  • Rod heading and stay assemblies.
  • Assembly of rigging fitting.
  • Composite stay assembly and load testing.
  • Preparation of fittings and rods for service work.
  • Polishing of stainless steel fittings and rods.
  • Packing of rigging components and rigging stays.
  • Assembly and testing of all thrusters and hydraulic cylinders, including maintaining records of defects / test data / continuous improvements etc.
  • Involvement in thrusters and hydraulic cylinders field work regarding installation, repairs or servicing matters.
  • Responsibility for quality assurance on assembly of all products.
  • Other duties as defined as and when by the Board of Directors.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Strong background in mechanical engineering.
  • Knowledge of yacht masts and rigging.
  • Knowledge of hydraulic systems and experience with servicing hydraulics desirable.
  • Self motivated, able to focus on tasks in hand and work without direct supervision.
  • Must maintain a clean working environment.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to read and understand technical drawings.
  • Good numerical skills essential.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to multi task.

Other Requirements:

  • Possess own transport.
  • Willingness to travel if, and as, the job requires.
  • Preference to live within 30 mile radius of Christchurch / Bournemouth area.



Summary of Role

To provide general administrative support to office management, but more specifically to the Sales, Finance and Purchasing functions.


  • Arriving purchase orders.
  • Expedite purchase orders.
  • Maintaining COSHH records.
  • Maintaining and filling PO certificates and associated paperwork / mill certificates.
  • Managing site maintenance records / equipment / inspection / service records, ensuring we know when things should be inspected and serviced.


  • Matching invoices to purchase orders.
  • Reconciling monthly expenses (Credit card statement reconciliations).
  • Assisting with monthly bank reconciliations
  • Posting Sales and Purchase Ledger Invoices to Sage.


  • Entering sales orders.
  • Entering job bill of materials.
  • Filing shipped off sales orders.
  • Assistance with any sales & marketing activities.


  • Managing travel requirements for staff encompassing booking flights/accommodation etc.
  • Answering phone.
  • Ordering of stationary / provisions.
  • Other ad-hoc duties as required by the board of directors.


How to apply. Please send your CV to Wayne Shatwell Managing Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call +44(0)1202 596600.


Engineering for a brighter future

Ocean Yacht Systems, have expanded their team through the recent employment of two apprentices.

Cara websiteThe apprenticeship scheme runs for a four year period, and during this time Cara Deasy (26) and James Aucott (18), will be working at Ocean Yacht Systems four days a week, whilst attending Bournemouth and Poole College one day a week. The scheme is in association with The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, Shipwrights Apprenticeship Scheme. “Both James and Cara have relocated to the area in order to join this course and to work with Ocean Yacht Systems, they are settling in really well. We are looking forward to seeing how their roles develop over the next 4 years.” Commented Wayne Shatwell, Managing Director at Ocean Yacht Systems.

Over the first two months, the apprentices have been taken through the various aspects of the factory in Christchurch. Although both have lived around the water, the engineering side and scale of the items made at Ocean Yacht Systems, is all very new. Bournemouth and Poole College is teaching the theory and with some practical experience, while the role of Ocean Yacht Systems is to provide on the job experience and a deeper understanding of engineering.

“I love the fact that what I am doing here is part of a much bigger story,” commented James. “The end result is so much greater, but I will have played my part and toJames website see it on a superyacht that might be the other side of the world is incredible.”

This is only the beginning of the journey to becoming qualified engineers and so far the apprentices have been taken through every detail from inspecting products to polishing and packaging the products prior to sending out to customers. They will then progress to machining and then complete the engineering of new thruster, rigging and hydraulic parts.

“Everyone here is always hard at work. There are so many projects going on, everyday seems to be very different and we are being rotated round and tasked with different challenges,” commented Cara. “It’s nice having another apprentice here, although we are very much part of the whole team, we can help each other out and point one another in the right direction if needed.”

The Shipwrights Apprenticeship Scheme is funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and is assists companies, like Ocean Yacht Systems, to establish marine apprenticeships within their business.


METS 2015

OYS footer portrait webFrom 17 to 19 November, Ocean Yacht Systems will be exhibiting at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) at the RAI Amsterdam.

On hand will be the experienced and knowledgeable team from Ocean Yacht Systems, who will be able to talk about your specific thruster, rigging and hydraulic requirements for marine leisure and commercial applications. Please come by the stand 03.120 within the British Pavilion, to talk about your specific upcoming requirements and the latest innovations from Ocean Yacht Systems.

To help you plan your visit to see OYS at METS, Mark Barwell, Ian Crowden and Andreina Goncalves will be on the stand for the duration of the show. Should you have a specific contact you would like to meet with, they will be joined by the following employees of OYS on set days.

Tuesday: Tim Gray, Adam Nice and Dan Wilkin

Wednesday:  Ben Green, Lorena Rubio, Malcolm Lee

Full details of the show can be found at


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