On the 7th November 21.3m Windhaven relaunched from the Yachting Developments yard after the completion of a long term, careful restoration that has seen this beautiful 1948 classic Kiwi yacht returned to peak condition. Designed by Col Wild she was one of the first 'superyachts' ever built in New Zealand. Her worklist included a full interior and exterior refit and repaint. After travelling from the Yachting Developments yard, Windhaven was smoothly relaunched with finishing details now underway. The work on Windhaven was undertaken by Kiwi owners who are delighted with the end result of the project. The yacht will now be based in Auckland.
Scheduled to launch in Q3 of 2017, work on our one of a kind 38.7m all-carbon motor sportsfisher Hull 1015 is progressing well. October saw the engines dropped into the hull, with the below pictures once again showing the incredible scale of the hull. The hull is now being faired and the superstructure is coming together, with the bridge scheduled for attachment immediately after Christmas. Yachting Developments in-house cabinetry team has undertaken the interior woodwork and the first cabins are now being completed, with a picture of what the finished yacht will look like now beginning to emerge. Under construction for a passionate sportsfisherman, the yacht has been designed by Michael Peters Yacht Design, with the interior by the owner and Yachting Developments.
Summer is nearly here in New Zealand and in anticipation of a busy season of sailing ahead a number of yard alumni have been in the shed for a winter spruce up. We have welcomed back local yachts including Go, Lady Shirley, Ngatiki and Managing Director Ian Cook's own Ranger. It is a pleasure to have ongoing relationships with the owners of all of these boats, who continue to place their trust in our team.
One exciting project was a new longer keel for Anarchy, which was launched by the yard in 2015, with the yacht subsequently taking out the 40ft division in the recent Coastal Classic. Congratulations to Team Anarchy, an amazing result.
Famous as the first boat the late Sir Peter Blake ever built, the classic keel boat Bandit underwent a complete rebuild and refit at Yachting Developments prior to her upcoming entry to the Voyager NZ Maritime Museum in December 2016 where she will be on display beside the Americas Cup winning boat NZL32. Built in 1966 by a then 17-year old Blake and his brother, and launched in 1968, the yacht is owned by the Classic Yacht Charitable Trust.
Work done included the yacht being restored to her original specs with as much of the original fittings, rigging and sails being incorporated as possible. Yachting Developments bore the majority cost for the work on this piece of New Zealand's history, supplemented by a number of donations, in yet one more demonstration of the yard's passion and commitment to preservation of classic yachts.
As long-term supporters of the South Pacific's premier superyacht regatta, The Millennium Cup, Yachting Developments is pleased to be returning once again as a sponsor of the 2017 edition of the event. Held for the third consecutive year in the stunning setting of the Bay of Islands the cup takes place over four days, running from 24-27 January 2017. A fleet of eight yachts is already signed up take part, including fellow long-term regatta participants 33.8m Silvertip, built by Yachting Developments in 2001, and Steinlager 2, which underwent a refit at the yard in 2014. With just over two months to go until racing kicks off we are looking forward to watching the racing and wish good luck to all the fleet.
Yachting Developments has a close association with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) and recently sponsored the RNZYS Match Racing Championships. Following a new format for 2016 the event saw more than 20 teams and over 100 competitors from both New Zealand and abroad compete in a fleet racing seeding series on identical Elliott 7 metre keelboats, before moving into a cut throat 16 team knockout Match Racing stage.
Congratulations to Chris Steele, Josh Salthouse, Harry Thurston and Harry Hull from 36 Below Racing on their overall win, retaining their title for the second year in a row. Yachting Developments was delighted to be part of the event and watch such a high standard of competition from all the teams. ""We are very pleased to have supported the event, we hope everyone had a great time and enjoyed the new regatta format,” says Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments.
We were very proud to see Cygnus Montanus feature as the cover star and the focus of a special feature in the August issue of Boating New Zealand.
"This 33.8m carbon-fibre sloop’s stately presence would enhance any superyacht marina, but she’s unlikely to spend much time harnessed in one. Cygnus Montanus is owned by a serious sailor."
Read the full article by the talented Lawrence Schaffler by clicking on the cover below.
Yachting Developments' newest launch, 33.83m Cygnus Montanus, has nowdelivered to her owners and will soon depart New Zealand for Tahiti on her maiden voyage. A fast lifting-keel ocean-going carbon sloop designed by German Frers of Frers Naval Architecture, with an interior by Adam Lay of Adam Lay Studio, CygnusMontanus is a beautiful example of Kiwi craftsmanship.
The yacht is a step up in size from the owners previous yacht. Her owners are proper sailors who undertake lengthy voyages, enjoying the journey as much if not more than the destination. This approach to sailing influenced the style and size of the yacht, with a key requirement being that the yacht be easy to handle by a small crew, with the owners and family intending to sail the yacht together with the crew. The goal was to produce a family-focused and very personal yacht that was a development of the owners’ previous yacht, keeping a similar feel and atmosphere but with detailing proportionate to a larger and more luxurious vessel.
Cygnus Montanus has a beautiful, fresh interior, designed by Adam Lay, with work undertaken by the specialist interiors team at Yachting Developments. The main saloon, which has an open apartment-style layout, is the spacious heart of the vessel with natural flow through to a large galley. Each space has its own personality, with the décor themed around trips undertaken on the owners’ previous yacht. There are four guest cabins, comprising a generous master cabin and three VIPs, and two crew cabins."It is a pleasure to welcome Cygnus Montanus to the Yachting Developments fleet; this fast, light, carbon-fibre, family-oriented boat is exactly the kind of project that our team likes to build," says Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments. "We are delighted that these very experienced owners chose Yachting Developments as the yard to build their project at, and the beautiful end result is a real testament to the vision of her owners and the build and design team that they put together to make this project a reality. We wish Cygnus Montanus many happy years of sailing ahead of her."
All the action from the turning of Hull 1015...
Work on 38.7m Hull 1015, the Michael Peters sportsfisher, is progressing well. One the 24th of June the hull turning took place, taking this exciting build to the next stage of construction. The scale of this project is immense. On completion she will be the biggest private carbon sportsfisher in the world.
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