Build teams on the larger yachts (excluding crew) often far exceed 10 people. If you walk into a build team office a few months from launch once crew start getting involved there can easily be 30 people all working up quotes, handling suppliers and working on procedures for drills and equipment. In an environment like this it is essential that purchasing procedures are in place to avoid duplication, maximise efficiency and ensure that nothing gets lost or forgotten in the process.
The quoting process can be a huge job for a yacht even with a team involved. Management companies often require 3 or more quotes to be returned and the time taken to research items, discuss specifications with the build team and the owner, find the best prices, check availability etc takes up a large amount of time. The bigger the boat the more equipment needed to go onboard and the bigger the team needed to stay on top of this.