NZ yacht builders forced to diversify now offer refit service

Already well known as a builder of superyachts, Yachting Developments in Auckland New Zealand has diversified to provide a full service offering for yachts, including refit work, survey work and haul outs, interior fittings and of course new build work.

After taking the step to downsize the yard staff numbers in early 2013, due to a lull in new build orders, the yard is still employing a skilled team, and has put the last 18 months to good use to implement leaner, more efficient and cost effective work methods.

The team has been hard at work on a wide range of projects, including several yacht refits and commercial and residential projects.
With a 24000sqm yard facility that includes 6500sqm fully equipped sheds and water access in Auckland’s Hobsonville, Yachting Developments is able to service yachts of up to 60 metres.

The yard welcomes all inquiries for refit and service work, for both small and large projects, and can also service yachts on location. 

For added convenience the shipyard is soon to open a central office in Auckland’s Westhaven marina to facilitate easy drop offs and to enable the undertaking of small work jobs from a well-positioned central location.

Recent large yacht projects undertaken by the yard include a major twelve-month refit on the Swan 90 Spirit for a Singapore-based owner. The yacht underwent a full interior and exterior overhaul, together with a full new itinerary of sails.

Prior to the Spirit refit, the yard completed a refit on the Maxi 100 Perpetual Loyal (ex Rambler), which required significant work following her sale after her capsize and dismasting in the 2011 Fastnet.