New Zealand superyacht builder McMullen & Wing has secured a 10-year refit contract for 34m motoryacht VvS1. Designed by Gregory C. Marshall and built in New Zealand in 2007, VvS1 has a busy 2016 summer cruising schedule ahead before being hauled at McMullen & Wing’s Auckland shipyard in April 2016 for an extensive programme of works.

With many decades of experience in refit work and a longstanding working relationship with Marshall – who penned the yard’s 45m Big Fish and the inbuild 50m Hull 1016 – McMullen & Wing claims it’s an excellent match for VvS1.

VvS1 won the World Superyacht Award in 2008 for Best Motoryacht Under 40 Metres, as well as three other awards at the World Yacht Trophies in Cannes. The yacht is owned by New Zealanders Michael and Christine Hill, two of the country’s most prominent yacht owners.

Commenting on the contract, McMullen & Wing CEO Michael Eaglen says: “Michael and Christine and their family are very active yachties. They are proud flag bearers for our beautiful country and it is an honour to play our part in their ongoing enjoyment of the unique and stunning yachting that New Zealand and the South Pacific offers and to help maintain their magnificent and award-winning New Zealand-built yacht in pristine condition.”

The refit project is centred on survey work and will be largely technical. “The focus of the project will be the yacht’s 10-year Lloyds special survey and replacing the generators and shore power converter, but we will also be undertaking some general maintenance and improvements around the yacht,” says Richard Low, projects manager at McMullen & Wing. “We’re looking forward to working closely with the captain and crew to deliver a top quality cost-effective programme of refit works and taking advantage of the availability of McMullen & Wing’s outstanding central Auckland facilities.”

McMullen & Wing specialises in building custom yachts in addition to its capacity to work on refit projects up to 60m.