The superyacht industry maybe floundering in New Zealand but one Kiwi builder seems to be bucking the downward trend.
Operating out of a 10,000sqm yard facility that includes 5,000sqm of fully equipped sheds and water access in Auckland’s Hobsonville, Yachting Developments has two new build superyachts and a major refit underway.
The first new build the 33.7m Hull 1012 is set to launch at the end of April this year. She is a shallow draught Frers sloop with a bespoke interior, designed by Adam Lay, The yachts lifting keel, will allow the owners freedom to access shallow of anchorages on their proposed voyage around the world.
The second of the new builds is a motor yacht. The 38.7m Hull 1015 is a sports fishing boat that has been designed by Michael Peters. She is at the early stages of lamination.
The refit is a long-term project to bring the 21.3m 1948 classic yacht Windhaven back to life. Set to complete in 2016, she sits in the shed alongside another restoration project Erewhon, which was built alongside her in 1948.