Several 25m-plus yachts are scheduled to stop at the yard for service as the NZ Millennium Cup 2017 approaches. The four-day superyacht race is due to begin on January 24.

Orams Marine

Orams Marine is a refit yard based in Auckland

Orams Marine has reported that more and larger yachts stopped at the yard in 2016. The company, a refit specialist based in Auckland and a platinum sponsor of the NZ Millennium Cup 2017, has also reported that several 25m-plus yachts are scheduled to stop at the yard for service. The four-day  superyacht race is due to begin on January 24.

“We’ve had a full year with the busiest winter season to date,” says Orams Marine managing director Craig Park. “The yachts are getting bigger, there are more of them, and the work itself is more technically demanding.

“This is testimony that the industry and the NZ Millennium Cup Organising Committee, the NZ Marine Export Group, are achieving the goal of profiling New Zealand as a high-quality destination for refit and cruising,” he adds.

Refit work

Orams Marine has reported that refit work in 2016 included an annual service and comprehensive work on 39.7m Janice of Wyoming (Alloy Yachts). The yard also performed the installation of a removable inner forestay and removable bowsprit to Farfalla, a 31.7m built by Southern Wind.

Janice of Wyoming

NZ Millennium Cup challenger Janice of Wyoming

A new competitor in the NZ Millennium Cup, Farfalla’s racing upgrades will see her in performance mode, pitted against returning competitors Janice of Wyoming and Silvertip in the Bay of Islands.

Orams Marine also carried out extensive work on the 62m Athos. Work on this yacht built by Holland Jachtbouw included a hull colour change from blue to gleaming white with a turquoise boot stripe, highlighted by a gold cover line.

Contributing to the refit, NZ Millennium Cup gold sponsor Doyle Sails replaced the staysail and mainsail with Stratis carbon technora membranes.

Fidelis

Perini Navi Fidelis

Other work carried out at Orams Marine last year includes a full hull repaint, major rig service and five-year survey on the 56m Perini Navi Fidelis.

Also, the 27.5m motor sailor Hortense underwent a full repaint and major rig service, installation of new electrics and teak decking.

Commenting on how the superyacht race has helped to boost the business, Orams Marine director of sales Neven Barbour says: “The creation of the NZ Millennium Cup in 2000, nestled between the Louis Vuitton and America’s Cup regattas, was born out of the desire to give superyacht crew and owners an event they could call their own.”

According to Barbour, the race gave yachts something more to look forward to when they made the journey south, showcasing New Zealand’s outstanding cruising grounds and excellence in marine services.

Positive outlook

“Looking forward, 2017 is set to be another successful year with extensive and varied work aboard several motor and sailing yachts —one of which is 45m-plus— that will give us the opportunity to show the length and breadth of our capabilities,” Park concludes.