Yachting Developments Launches 39.5m Sportsfisher

Auckland’s Hobsonville, Yachting Developments have launched their latest superyacht project, 39.5m (129’6’’) sportsfisher Hull 1015.

The yacht left Yachting Developments shed in Auckland, New Zealand, before safely launching at high tide.

Impressively this yacht is the world’s largest all-carbon sportsfisher and is on a scale unseen before for this style of yacht.

Built for a highly experienced owner, who is a passionate fisherman, Hull 1015 combines luxury styling with exceptional performance capabilities and speed and an all-inclusive fishing setup that will allow her to undertake extended fishing trips.

Naval architecture and exterior design is by Michael Peters Yacht Design (MPYD), with a custom interior by the owners together with Yachting Developments and Naylor Booth Associates.

Interior work, structural engineering and design is the work of the specialist team at Yachting Developments.

The yacht’s owner approached Yachting Developments after seeing their work building the 27.4m sportsfisher Satu .

Operating out of a 10,000sqm yard facility that includes 5,000sqm of fully equipped sheds and water access Yachting Developments is an award-winning builder of composite yachts.

With launches including 33.8m Cygnus Montanus, 37m Bliss and 30.5m Quintessential, and the award-winning refit of the J-Class Endeavour to their name, the yard has forged a strong international reputation for quality work.

“At Yachting Developments we enjoy applying our skillset to a broad style of yachts, from the J Class to this incomparable sportsfisher, and Hull 1015 has proved an extremely enjoyable challenge to build,” says Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments.

He adds, “Her sheer scale alone makes her worthy of note, but as a project of passion she is something special. The yard team and I are proud to have been given the opportunity to have worked on this impressive vessel that is sure to turn heads wherever she goes.”

“As a fishing and diving platform the vessel is truly enormous, and she incorporates everything expected of a sizable motoryacht in a sleek sportfisherman’s profile,” says Chris Critchett of MPYD. “The substantial scale also allowed for commercial-grade power and systems along with the latest in gyro stabilisation to ensure comfort and performance for many years to come.”

Spanning four decks, with accommodation for 10 guests – a large master suite, VIP, double and twin with Pullmans – and six crew. She features a contemporary classic styled interior that has been tailored to family living.

Plentiful onboard spaces include the large main saloon and adjoining galley on the main deck, leading out to the mezzanine cockpit, the bridge saloon and helm with the connecting aft bridge deck, and the flybridge. Guest accommodation is located on the lower deck, with the master cabin midships, VIP forward, a double to port and a twin with two Pullmans to starboard.

Other spaces include a games room on the lower deck. Hull 1015’s two Smuggler tenders are stored on the forward deck when not in use, with a crane for easy launching. The yacht boasts exceptional seagoing qualities, and carries a VEEM gyrostabiliser, that will allow her to venture out in all conditions.


  • LOA: 39.5m
  • LWL: 32.3m
  • Beam: 8.2m
  • Draft: 2.8m
  • Tonnage: 267gt
  • Type: Motoryacht sportsfisher
  • Builder: Yachting Developments
  • Naval Architect: Michael Peters Yacht Design
  • Exterior Designer: Michael Peters Yacht Design
  • Interior Stylist: Owner’s team/Yachting Developments with Naylor Booth Associates
  • Structural Engineering & Design: Yachting Developments
  • Hull Material: Carbon
  • Superstructure Material: Carbon
  • Accommodation: 10 (Master, VIP, double, twin with Pullmans) guests; 6 crew (Captain’s double cabin, and four-berth crew cabin)
  • Engines: 2 x 3100 HP (2340 kw) MTU
  • Water: 11,000 litres
  • Fuel: 40,000 litres
  • Tenders: Smuggler Strata 650 – Yamaha 150HP, Smuggler Strata 520 – Yamaha 70 HP
  • Contract Signed: July 2015
  • Launch: 23 November 2017
  • Delivery: December 2017