Like all leaders in our business, we have gone through a recent period where the yacht industry has been subjected to inquiries from some authorities, but over the past few months, Imperial Yachts has been targeted by numerous unfounded and inaccurate accusations following events that are unrelated to this family owned company and its services.

These events culminated today with the announcement of sanctions on our company by the United States government. The accusations made against us by the U.S. government and in the press are false. We will pursue all available legal remedies to resolve this matter promptly.

Imperial Yachts conducts all its businesses in full compliance with laws and regulations in all jurisdictions in which we operate. We are not involved in our clients’ financial affairs.

We are in the yacht building, management, sale and charter business. That is our focus and what we do. We started this company from nothing, and now, it appears that due to our success, we are unfortunately being targeted by those who would like to bring us down.

We look forward to settling all matters resulting from this turbulent time, as well as disproving the damaging smears made against our company. As always, our focus remains on living up to our established name as an international leader in providing the highest level of excellence for yacht sales, construction, management, and chartering.
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Tim Heywood


Multi award-winning yacht designer Tim Heywood has produced some of the finest and largest superyachts over the last 40 years of his career. Starting with an interest in industrial design, Heywood graduated from the Central School of Art and Design. When introduced to distinguished yacht designer Jon Bannenberg, he realised that he could fuse all of his interests into one career. Tim worked for Bannenberg for over twenty years before opening his own studio. The designer works closely with his clients, transforming dreams into reality and managing every small detail.

With over seventy designs sketched by hand, most of which have been built or are in the process of being built, including the elegant Pelrous (115m), Tim finds inspiration from all around, whether that be nature, engineering or transportation, as well as different architectural era’s, such as art deco, mid-century modern, or from ancient Egypt. This has influenced his famous flowing and timeless designs. Tim says that creating floating homes is a rewarding investment.

Although he shies away from interior work in order to flex his superstructure skills, he is clearly a brilliant all-rounder. Imperial and Tim Heywood have enjoyed a long and successful partnership, delivering some of the most exemplary vessels of the decade.

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