Bond Technology Management is reflecting on 10 years of working with the yachting world's most forward thinking owners, suppliers and brokers.
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Bond TM has come a long way in the 12 years since its inception. Having pioneered the first technology consultancy, 24-hour support service, patented IP-streaming device, and provided advance training for ETOs, founder Will Faimatea now has his sights firmly set on cyber security, HVAC systems, and an all-encompassing offering. We took time out with Faimatea at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 to get his thoughts on where the future of IT innovation in yachting lies.
WORDS BY Julia Zaltzman for Superyacht Industry Magazine
Over 400 Crew and Industry Professionals attended Tuesday night's BBQ sponsored by Bond TM, Edge Yachts and Riviera Wines!
We had a fantastic time catching up with friends and newcomers to the yard. We're all in MB92 or OneOcean Port Vell for the majority of the winter season, so it's wonderful to make lasting friendships and share tips and secrets on the best of Barcelona!
The weather was gorgeous, the food delicious, the music was pumping and Jordi the magician astounded everyone with his performance throughout the night. We'll never know how he does it!
After a successful Monaco Yacht Show, Bond TM has secured three new builds as well as having others in the pipeline and, in a post-show acquisition, added over 40 vessels to its support fleet.
"I am very pleased with the overall gains we achieved during and after the Monaco Yacht Show. For the overall industry I think it shows a very positive outlook," said Bond TM Founder, Will Faimatea
Having spent close to a decade at sea on superyachts as an electronics engineer, it became my vision to create a new service in the industry where shipyards, owners and their representatives could receive the highest level of technical advice without committing to an audio visual, IT and communication system years before the project was delivered.
Founded in 2007 by Will Faimatea, Bond Technology Management (Bond TM) has enjoyed an extremely successful seven years. Today, Bond TM is one of the world’s leading technical management companies for on-board audio visual, IT, communications, security and navigation systems for the most advanced superyacht new builds and refit projects. SYT’s Merijn de Waard visited Bond’s offices in Barcelona and Amsterdam, to get an exclusive behind the scenes look.
The role of the ETO – or electro-technical officer – onboard a superyacht is something of a mystery to many. Ask crew or captains about ETOs and they might respond: “Oh, the AV guy?” or “Well, you can’t defi ne what they do really, can you?”
Copper or glass wrapped up in plastic – now that rivals watching drying paint for a pretty good doze inducer, yet such connections are the nervous system of any AV setup, perhaps the most hidden yet most vital part of the installation. One duff connection worth !50 cents and (in accordance with Murphy’s Law) buried in an undocumented location inaccessibly deep in the bowels of the yacht can render the most expensive, effective, state-of-the-art screen to be about as good as one of John Logie Baird’s early wee-screen, mechanical 'television' machines.