Chapman Yachting has marked its rebranding and headquarters overhaul
with a lavish event in Sydney.

Some 150 guests gathered at the Sydney Superyacht Marina to mark the occasion. Managing Director Cooper Chapman hosted the event, which featured a Bell 429 helicopter, prestige automobiles, several superyachts and the Majesty 105, LEGACY, which has recently taken on under management.

LEGACY will be converted from a foreign flag to an Australian-flagged domestic commercial vessel and will be available for charter from March 2023 for up to 70 guests.

With more than 50 years of experience in the boating industry, Chapman works in the areas of yacht brokerage, charter, recruitment, yacht management, service and maintenance and project management, as well as events and aviation divisions.

Chapman’s father, Mark Chapman, who runs Chapman Marine based at the adjacent Sydney Boathouse, will also act as Sales Director, while Debbie Leenderts, who joined the business in 2017, is now a partner.

The group’s office and service facility at Rose Bay and Point Piper Marinas house its Yacht Management and Service divisions, comprising a team of 11 qualified staff and a close circle of specialist tradesmen.

“We offer a 360-degree service for the yachting lifestyle,” Chapman said in a statement.

“We are active in each area of the yachting industry, every day. The rebranding coincides with our exponential growth and better conveys our level of professionalism.”

“Cooper has been on the water since he could hold a bucket,” Chapman Sr said.

“He had a tinny at six years old and by the time he was in High School, he was running his own yacht detailing business.”

Established in 2008 as Chapman Yacht Management, Chapman Yachting has evolved to offer large-scale superyacht detailing, boat show preparation, antifouling and routine shipyard maintenance, repairs, refits and the execution of complex project management jobs.

“Through client referrals and our strong ties with captains and owners, the business grew organically to expand to all areas of yachting as a true one-stop solution for operating and maintaining vessels,” said Chapman.

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In recent years, demand for charters has become so strong the company now has three full-time charter specialists on the team.

“Since 2017, we have handled more than 1,200 commercial yacht charter bookings, and that number is only growing,” remarked Chapman.

“For owners wishing to put their boat into charter, we can also handle this process from start to finish with our internal management and maintenance teams.”

In line with increasing boat ownership, yacht management is another burgeoning segment, particularly with vessels in the 55- to 120-foot range.

Chapman Yachting currently manages, operates and services more than 36 yachts.

“Owners realise there is no need for a full-time crew if their boats are managed and maintained professionally from a central point,” Chapman explained.

“We offer a package of management, maintenance, compliance and crewing when they require, making the upkeep, crewing and general standard more efficient and to a better standard. Many of our clients have been with us for 20 years or longer.”