Q&A with Engineer Kevin Ormonde of 37m M/Y Ludy

25 July 2022 By Claire Griffiths

Claire Griffiths is Dockwalk’s contributing editor in the Mediterranean. She fled to the sunny south of France from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Claire has a background in journalism for national and regional UK press and a career in political and corporate PR prior to that. Claire’s hobbies include eating, sleeping and dancing at inopportune times. She tries to avoid sheer drops and Olympic bobsled runs. Email Claire at

Engineer Kevin Ormonde

Name: Kevin Ormonde
Position: Engineer
Yacht: M/Y Ludy
LOA: 37M/121'5"
Builder: Peri
Years in current position: I first worked on Ludy in 2016. Went into the commercial sector for a period. I rejoined September 2021.
Years in industry: 5
Nationality: Welsh

If I weren’t on a yacht, I’d be doing a job in automotive engineering, I think. My father is a marine engineer in the commercial sector and after talking to him about marine engineering as a possible career avenue, he advised me to go into yachting.

I started out in the automotive engineering in 2009 and completed my apprenticeship in 2013. I joined the superyachts in 2016. Then I took a break from the industry and worked on commercial/tug boats. I rejoined M/Y Ludy and my captain a few months ago.

The hardest part of the job is being away from family.

I remember a bad day when I was working as an engineer on board a workboat heading up the east coast of Scotland, towing a barge. We lost one of our main engines due to a fuel pump failure. It was diagnosed and repaired promptly.

I don’t really have any views about issues facing yacht engineers today. I’m quite easygoing.

To young guys looking to make a go of a career in engineering on superyachts, I’d say be ready to work hard and always stay curious. If you’ve landed a job and want to keep it, my advice would be work hard — don’t be afraid to ask if you are unsure or curious about something or the way things work.

Engineering aside, I’ve learned that I really enjoy helping out on deck and picking up new skills I wouldn’t normally get a chance to learn if I was only willing to work in an engineering role.

My greatest achievement so far? Getting to the Pembrokeshire Cup final with my local rugby team!

The thing I love best about my job is that you get to meet interesting people from different parts of the world.

This article originally ran in the January 2022 issue of Dockwalk.


More from Dockwalk