New Zealand shipyard Yachting Developments, a specialist composite builder, has signed a new order for a 37.8m sportsfisher superyacht. Known as hull 1015, this is the second superyacht project signed by the yard in 12 months following the order of 33.5m sloop hull 1012 in September 2014.

Work on hull 1015 is underway and delivery is scheduled for 2017. Naval architecture and exterior design is by Michael Peters Yacht Design, with interior styling by New Zealand-based Below Decks Marine Interiors. Project management will be undertaken by Australian-based Motor Yacht Build.

Constructed entirely from carbon the yacht is for an experienced owner who is an international sportsfisherman. The owner approached the yard due to a number of factors, including their expertise in carbon and experience with similar projects.

Hull 1015 is the second sportsfisher project that Yachting Developments has worked on follows on from the 2012 launch of 27.4m Satu.

“It is exciting to have two such different new build projects underway, which each showcase the wide skillset we have here at the yard,” comments Ian Cook, managing director at Yachting Developments. “We are of course very pleased that the owner of hull 1015 has chosen to work with a New Zealand shipyard, recognising that it is a country that builds world class yachts.”

In addition to Yachting Developments’ superyacht work — construction of 33.5m hull 1012 is now over half way complete — the yard has launched two smaller new build projects in 2015, including 37ft Anarchy, designed by Bakewell-White Yacht Design, and 36ft IMK-7, designed by Reichel/Pugh.

The yard has also reported a busy refit order book with projects including the refit of the 22m Kiwi yacht Windhaven, as well as residential and commercial projects including the composite roofing for a new luxury golf course.

Yachting Developments operates out of a 10,000sq m yard facility that includes 5,000sq m of fully equipped sheds and water access in Auckland’s Hobsonville. The yard is able to service yachts of up to 60m.

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 is able to service yachts of up to 60m. The yard welcomes all inquiries for new build, refit and service work, for both small and large projects, and can also service yachts on location.