As superyachts get bigger and the quest for novelty continues, there's growing demand for custom tenders and toys at sea and on land. Josh Richardson saw the opportunity to deliver, but there's more to this story than luck. We met up with Josh to learn about the challenges and trends behind the meteoric rise of Superyacht Tenders & Toys.
How did you first get into the yachting industry?
I have always been into competitive sailing, sailing on the UK and European circuits which led to running an RYA training school in the Solent after university. I accrued many qualifications during this time including my Master 200 and Yachtmaster Instructor for both power and sail. My wife (girlfriend at the time) and I then took a job running a new-build Oyster yacht as a captain/chef couple.
After a number of years, including a Pacific crossing and a refit in New Zealand, we decided to move ashore for a new challenge. This move was to Hill Robinson in Antibes where I was a yacht manager, managing vessels such as MY Amaryllis, MY Ecstasea, MY Pelorus, SY Germania Nova and others.
When did you decide to start Superyacht Tenders & Toys and how did it come about?
As a yacht manager I was purchasing a huge number of tenders and toys for yachts and spent a lot of time researching, sourcing tenders, liaising with manufacturers and managing the build of new tenders, and I saw a gap in the market for someone to provide a specialised service to take this time consuming work away from yachts and managers. [...]