Delta Marine is a successful family-run shipyard that builds and refits custom superyachts up to 328 feet (100m) in length. The company is located in Seattle’s Duwamish River, Washington, USA and was founded by brothers Jack and Ivor Jones in 1967.
The brothers initial focus for the shipyard was building sturdy fishing boats capable of handling the frequently rough waters of the Pacific Northwest. Delta Marine’s success in the fishing sector led the shipyard to build luxury expedition yachts that had the capability to take their adventurous owners north to Alaska, west to the Pacific islands, and around the world.
The Delta Marine shipyard now covers 25 acres, with nearly 300,000 square feet of covered manufacturing space in a state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility.
Luxury yacht building in advanced composites remains a Delta Marine speciality. In addition to new yacht builds, the shipyard offers yacht design and naval architecture in house, although Delta Marine are also happy to collaborate with an owner’s outside design team.
With every new yacht, Delta Marine provides the client with a dedicated point of contact with intricate knowledge of the systems and construction, who can then assist with anything from day-to-day operations to a full refit.
Delta Marine was originally founded in Seattle, Washington by the two brothers Jack and Ivor Jones in 1967. The location of the shipyard was, and still is, on the Duwamish River. By the 1990s, Delta Marine had begun exclusively building custom superyachts. Through the years, the shipyard has drawn on the craftsmanship of their local pool of talented artisans and have continued to develop and refine their composite yacht-construction technology. As a result, Delta Marine has launched some of the world’s largest luxury superyachts.
A turning point for Delta Marine came in 1989, when the yard delivered the 132-foot (40m) expedition motor yacht LIFE OF RILEY. Delta Marine now has a fleet of around 30 luxury superyachts to its name.
The company prides itself on housing all the marine trades on site, and sources as many American-made products and supplies as possible. Delta Marine continually updates its equipment and invests in new processes and technology in order to strive for superior manufacturing capability. The connectivity across the company’s campus also means that there is an efficient dialogue between the teams working on different projects.
Delta Marine can also handle a spectrum of refit projects. The facility now features covered refit bays and a marine Travelift capable of lifting 440 tons. In addition to refit and repair work performed in Seattle, Delta offers excellent customer service and warranty in any part of the world.
The family-operated company was built on a philosophy of solid trust and honesty; with a mission to foster lasting relationships with every customer.
In 2008, Delta Marine delivered the notable 124-foot (37.6m) superyacht MARAMA to owners who took her on a three-month, 3,200-mile voyage of exploration, cruising to Alaska and along its coastline. This long-range luxury yacht proved the shipyard’s ability to build comfortable expedition motor yachts that can travel the world’s oceans safely. Full-displacement and with these long-range capabilities, her solid composite hull is based on Delta’s proven naval architecture. Her superstructure, incorporating a complex carbon-fiber mast, was styled by Setzer Design Group.
The 211-foot (64.5m) motor yacht INVICTUS followed, and was launched in 2013. INVICTUS was constructed utilizing finite element analysis and engineering techniques, and has an ice-strengthened steel hull and a composite superstructure. Delta Design Group provided her exterior styling and engineering, while Diane Johnson Design created her elegant interior. This approach enabled the designers to achieve a remarkable beam and an expansive volume. Maximizing the beauty of the outdoors was a key driver with the design of INVICTUS, the apex of which is a master stateroom that offers a 180-degree view of the ocean.
Delta Marine’s fleet of around 30 extraordinary luxury yachts all feature innovative design, advanced technology, and are constructed in composite. Ask the team at Northrop & Johnson for details of vessels currently available.
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