IAG Yachts, based in Zhuhai in Southern China, has launched 42.7m (140ft) King Baby. The yard says the launch went smoothly and the yacht is floating evenly on her lines.

King Baby has an interior volume of just under 500 gross tonnes and has a displacement of 270 tonnes. She has been constructed using traditional hand laid glass in the hull, resin infusion for the superstructure and carbon fibre for the upper structure. RINA Class and MCA, LY2 compliance has been achieved for a commercial charter rating.

Doug Hoogs, IAG’s representative in Ft. Lauderdale, was approached by yacht broker Joe Marino, owner of Atlantic Yacht and Ship, three years ago. The client he brough IAG was a prominent yachtsman from New York with an interest in building IAG’s largest fibreglass vessel to date.

The yacht’s level of customisation called for the best labour available in China, all orchestrated by Tim Kings, project manager of the build. Evan K. Marshall was hired to create the exterior style and the complete interior design.

Sergio Cutolo of Hydrotec was brought in to engineer the new hull form with bulbous bow that would deliver fuel economy at normal 14 knot cruising speeds and also, an impressive 20 knot plus performance from her powerful MTU 16 V, 2000 engines.

Captain Bryan Carter acted as the owner’s agent during the build and was involved in every construction issue from the earliest design detail through to the conclusion of the demanding build process. Carter has been involved with the owners through previous builds and his leadership was critical to achieving the quality expected for both private and charter use.