New Zealand superyacht builder McMullen & Wing has announced that it has signed a new contract to complete the 50m steel/aluminium luxury expedition motoryacht formally known as Big Star. With a new name not yet unveiled, the project will be referred to as yard number 1016. Following the yard’s recent recruitment drive, the news confirms industry speculation that the project was to be resumed. Both Bartram & Brakenhoff and Burgess assisted in the sale of the project.
The new yacht, which will be delivered in early 2016, will have a strong focus on live-aboard amenity, outdoor living and extended cruising range. She will feature a spacious cockpit for waterside lounging and activities. Natural gardens on the bridge deck, as well as large hot tubs on both sun deck and foredeck, lend themselves to a relaxed outdoor lifestyle. Styling, naval architecture and engineering will be a collaborative effort between the Buyer’s project team, Gregory C Marshal Naval Architects and McMullen & Wing’s extensive in-house design team.
The contemporary interior, also designed by Gregory C Marshall Naval Architects, will accommodate up to 12 guests in five cabins and will showcase natural materials in a relaxed modern ambience. The interiors are especially light and airy and flow seamlessly onto extensive decks on all levels. Bulwark balconies allow the floor-to-ceiling glazed doors from the dining space, whilst also providing an ideal sunbathing location, suspended over the water. The owners’ suite, on the bridge deck aft, opens onto its own private aft garden deck.
The contract provides welcome security for McMullen & Wing’s core team of employees, many of whom have been with the company for 20 or even 30 years. It also sees McMullen & Wing actively recruiting for significant numbers of additional staff in design, planning, management and trade departments. The yard survived a period without any active superyacht projects by working on smaller projects such as luxury composite tenders and on commercial boats such as the Oil Spill Response vessel HM5 which was built for Auckland Council and launched last year.
The yard can build up to 60m and is still actively encouraging inquiries. With substantial waterfront facilities, there is ample ability to accommodate at least one other new build alongside this 50 meter motoryacht.