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."
The beautiful Cygnus Montanus prepares for launch.
Today in Auckland, New Zealand, Yachting Developments launched their latest superyacht new build project, the 33.83m Cygnus Montanus (Hull 1012).
After travelling to Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour from Yachting Developments’ Hobsonville yard, the yacht entered the water effortlessly with her proud build team watching on. “Launch day is always special to us as it sees the culmination of the vision of the yacht’s owners and the dedication and hard work of our team,” said Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments. “It is a pleasure to welcome Cygnus Montanus to the Yachting Developments fleet and to see her on the water for the first time.”
Built for experienced owners, this beautiful ocean going composite sloop was designed by German Frers of Frers Naval Architecture, with interior design by Adam Lay Studio. Intended to travel the world and undertake blue water sailing, she has been designed to be easily handled by a small crew and features a lifting keel to allow her access to the most remote of anchorages.
Her interior is focused around family living, with a spacious full beam main saloon incorporating a dedicated dining space with the galley and crew accommodation forward. All the interior spaces feature large skylights, allowing the rooms to be flooded with natural light. Accommodation for eight guests comprises of a full beam owner’s cabin aft and three guest cabins; each space has its own personality, with the décor themed around trips undertaken on the owners’ previous yacht.
The mast will now be stepped prior to commissioning work and sea trials being undertaken. Cygnus Montanus will hand over to her owners in June 2016 when she will depart New Zealand on her maiden cruise.
Cygnus Montanus - Basic Specification
Hull Number – 1012
Year of Launch – 2016
Builder – Yachting Developments
Naval Architect – Frers Naval Architecture
Exterior Design – Frers Naval Architecture
Interior Design – Adam Lay Studio
LOA – 33.83m | 110’9
LWL – 31.73m | 103’1
Beam – 8.06m | 26.4’
Draft – 4.86m | 15’9
Tonnage – 131GT
Hull – Carbon Fibre
Superstructure – Carbon Fibre
Mast Height – 50.5m | 165'6
Engine – Cummins QSL9-405
2016 has gotten off to a busy start for New Zealand shipyard Yachting Developments. With two new build superyachts and a major refit underway, the first new build – 33.7m Hull 1012 – is set to launch at the end of April this year and lamination work on the second new build – 38.7m Hull 1015 – has just begun.
2016 began with the yard continuing its long-term support for the New Zealand Millennium Cup regatta, held in the Bay of Islands. Two of the yard alumni, Silvertip and Steinlager 2 were racing, with Silvertip performing consistently and Steinlager winning the Pacific Cup division for the second year running. Yachting Developments was well represented on site at the regatta with four of the team, including managing director Ian Cook racing on board the iconic Steinlager, which underwent a significant refit-restoration at the yard in 2014.
Now into its final few months, the build of the 33.7m Frers sloop Hull 1012 is progressing well. The bespoke interior, designed by Adam Lay, has all been put together and built in house by the yard’s specialist interiors team and is now being expertly fitted, giving tantalising glimpses of how she will look on completion. The lifting keel, which will allow the owners complete freedom with access to even the most shallow of anchorages on their adventures around the world, has now been attached and final electrics and engineering work will ensure the yacht is fully powered before leaving the shed. A launch ceremony will take place in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour in late April.
Work on 38.7m Hull 1015 has also made significant progress with moulds for the huge Michael Peters-designed sportsfisher now complete and lamination work commencing. The yard is now able to release the first in-build photos of the project, which show the true scale of this unique yacht.
The long-term refit of 21.3m 1948 classic yacht Windhaven is also set to complete in 2016. Purchased by a Kiwi family the yacht has been carefully restored to her former glory. In a story that is fitting as tribute to the yard’s dedication to ensuring the future of many of New Zealand’s most iconic yachts, Windhaven currently sits in the shed alongside another restoration project Erewhon, which was built alongside Windhaven in in 1948.
“2016 is going to be a busy year for the yard and we are enjoying these last few months of work on Hull 1012 and the refit of Windhaven; it is always gratifying to see projects come together and go on the be enjoyed by their owners,” says Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments.
Yachting Developments and Adam Lay Studio are pleased to be able to release the first information on the interior of the in-build Hull 1012. Due to launch in the first quarter of 2016, this beautiful 33.7m Frers sloop has been designed as a family orientated vessel capable of travelling the world. The interior, designed by Adam Lay Studio, has been constructed and installed by Yachting Developments specialist in house team. Both Yachting Developments and Adam Lay Studio have greatly enjoyed working on this exciting project, bringing the vision of her owners to life.
After many years of yacht ownership the owners of Hull 1012 have been able to translate their experience into the project, their first new build, to create a very personal vessel. “Serious blue water sailing has been driving the project and the design brief from the start,” says Adam Lay. “The owners are proper sailors who undertake lengthy voyages enjoying the journey as much if not more than the destination.”
The overall feeling of the interior will be of space and light, with design inspiration drawn from the owners’ previous yacht. A family orientated layout, with a natural flow between the owner and crew spaces, will create an open plan apartment style layout that maximizes the interior. “This layout, where you can virtually see from the forward bulkhead to the aft bulkhead was a major part of the design brief and layout optimisation discussion,” says Lay.
A focal living space on board will be the spacious full beam salon, with portholes, skylights and high level coachroof windows all streaming light inwards. The salon features a bar to starboard and a versatile dining area for eight people.
Accommodating eight guests, the cabins will be themed around memorable trips on board the owner’s previous yacht. “The colour schemes have been meticulously worked around the owner’s photographic images which will eventually adorn the new yacht’s bulkheads,” says Lay. The full beam owner’s cabin is located aft and features skylights to add natural light and allow airflow without air conditioning.
“Adam Lay Studio is delighted to be working with the owners and their family on this project,” says Lay. “It is a pleasure to work with Germán Frers again after our successful collaboration on the five times award-winning S/Y Inukshuk and also with Yachting Developments after a successful collaboration on the award-winning refit of J-Class Endeavour.”
“It has been a pleasure for Yachting Developments specialist interior team to work on the interior of Hull 1012, which has been so beautifully designed by Adam Lay together with the owners,” says Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments. “As the build of Hull 1012 enters its final six months we are looking forward to showing off the end result to the world.”
A full interior design overview and designer’s statements will released upon Hull 1012’s launch.
The 22nd of May saw the hull of 33.7m superyacht Hull 1012 turned at the Yachting Developments yard. This is another milestone for this exciting project, in build for experienced owners. Designed by Frers Naval Architecture, with an interior by Adam Lay, the sloop is due for delivery in early 2016.
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