Diverse Projects successfully launched the Black Pearl on December 29 in Whangarei, New Zealand.

The 31.5m (103ft) displacement yacht was designed by Lomocean Design with an interior by Chris Connell and has been in Whangarei for finishing, after construction took place in Palmerston North.

The Diverse Projects team of contractors will now complete the finishing touches to the interior of the boat and commence sea trials and system commissioning. Powered by two C18 ACERT Caterpillar engines, rated to 600hp, she will be able to cruise at 12kt.

Celebrations for the official handover and christening will be held in Auckland on January 22, before the vessel heads off on her maiden voyage in February 2011.