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ETNZ’s first AC72 catamaran yacht New Zealand wing by Southern Spars completed

August 03, 2012

The newly-launched Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) AC72 yacht ‘New Zealand’ boasts the impressive 40m carbon fibre wing. This is made up of components supplied by carbon fibre specialists Southern Spars. Sailing yacht New Zealand is a spectacular new class of America’s Cup catamaran.

ETNZ's AC72 catamaran yacht New Zealand sailed for the first time in the Hauraki Gulf on 31st July

ETNZ's AC72 catamaran yacht New Zealand sailed for the first time in the Hauraki Gulf on 31st July

Southern Spars has been involved in producing much of the leading edge technology used in America’s Cup yachts since the company was formed in 1989, and as America’s Cup challengers prepare to compete in the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup, Southern Spars is involved once again.

As Southern Spars’ director Mark Hauser notes, the 34th edition of the America’s Cup is very different to previous events.

“Conventional carbon masts and rigging supporting high-tech sails have been replaced by 40m wing sails for the 2013 AC72 class yachts,” says Hauser. “Working with ETNZ designers, Southern Spars has manufactured 75 per cent of the wing sail components and around 35 per cent of the beam structures for the huge 72’ catamaran.”

ETNZ enlisted the assistance of another Auckland-based company, Cookson Boat Builders, to complete the catamaran.

ETNZ managing director Grant Dalton said at the AC72 New Zealand yacht’s launch party on 21 July that he “hopes the guys at Cookson’s and Southern Spars take the time to reflect on what an achievement they have made”.

The AC72 New Zealand yacht has completed her maiden sail without an issue.

Hauser says: “I was lucky enough to be out on the ETNZ tender during the AC72’s first sail. Although the weather didn’t play ball, it was extremely impressive to see the massive structure in action. It truly is a great testament to the quality of work produced by our team at Southern Spars Custom Projects in New Zealand and it is a very rewarding project to be involved with.”

ETNZ tactician Ray Davies sums up the first sail: “It was a bit of a relief to get out there and fly a hull on the first day. We were doing 20 knots in 10 knots of breeze.”

“With an extremely skilled production and manufacturing team, Southern Spars has successfully adapted to designing and manufacturing the new wing sails,” says Hauser. “Southern Spars is currently well-advanced with the wing sail production and are in the final stages of completing work on Luna Rossa Challenges first AC72 wing. We have the capability to build multiple AC72 wings in our Auckland facility. The wing masts are designed specifically for ease of shipment and New Zealand has direct shipping links to San Francisco where the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup will be sailed.”

With both ETNZ and Luna Rossa Challenge running two-wing programmes, Southern Spars will also be involved in the production of each team’s second AC72 yacht.

Superyacht rigging specialists ‘Marine Results’ team up with Pierrepont Analysis

August 03, 2012

International superyacht riggers ‘Marine Results’ have signed a Teaming Agreement with Pierrepont Analysis. The move will strengthen Marine Results position as one of the world’s leading superyacht and raceboat rig and structural inspection specialists.

Below is a photo of sailing yacht M5 (formerly Mirabella) which illustrates the scale of the jobs undertaken by Marine Results.

Sailing Yacht M5 (ex MIRABELLA V) - Photo Credit Marine Results

Sailing Yacht M5 (ex MIRABELLA V) - Photo Credit Marine Results

All contracts acquired by Pierrepont in the marine sector will be handled jointly by the two companies, as will inspections that are acquired directly by Marine Results.

“By securing the marine services of Pierrepont our core team can now focus on the other areas of our business while Pierrepont can head up our inspection facility,” explains Managing Director Ed Danby. “Marine Results already has a very high level of qualified expertise for carrying out non destructive testing including ultrasonic and phased array inspections. We also have a very healthy order book for major yacht rig work.  The arrangement increases the capacity of both companies, enabling us to take our offer to a higher level across our customer base.”

Pierrepont Analysis is run by Ben Pierrepont.  The company already has a significant turnover in the marine sector, and is active in the renewable-energy, aeronautical and automotive sectors, which it will continue to service separately. Like the Directors of Marine Results, Ben Pierrepont is NDT qualified with nine years experience. He has a wealth of marine surveying experience and expertise in composite build and repair techniques.  Ben has built and surveyed some of the most up to date racing and cruising boats afloat, including numerous America’s Cup and Open 60 Class boats.

“The agreement with Marine Results enables us to offer a broader service and a bigger team not just for our NDT rig inspections but for hull, deck, internal structures, keel and other structural inspections as well,” comments Ben.  “The exclusivity of our arrangement means that all rig inspection work coming into Pierrepont will be routed through Marine Results.

The contract formally starts on 1st August but the two companies have already completed two projects together.  Last week the Holland Jachtbouw Superyacht Athos had her rigged unstepped and inspected in a three day fast turnaround, after she had sustained damage.  She was fully operational again in time to participate in the Superyacht Cup in Cowes.  A second contract for a 24 metre luxury catamaran, part of the Sunreef Yachts fleet, was undertaken in Poland when the Marine Results/Pierrepont partnership carried out analysis on the resin infused carbon mast.

Marine Results already has a similar partnership with another specialist company, Wavelength NDT, which also provides ultrasonic inspection services and consultancy for non destructive testing of metallic and composite engineering structures.

“Pierrepont Analysis adds knowledge and manpower to the Marine Results team,” concludes Ed Danby.  “We are looking forward to a successful partnership.”

Newly launched Sunreef 82 DD superyacht HOUBARA to premiere at Cannes Boat Show

August 02, 2012

Launched by the well known Polish builder Sunreef Yachts in Gdansk, Poland last week, the brand new Sunreef 82 Double Deck superyacht HOUBARA will be on display as a World Premiere at the Cannes International Boat Show in September 2012. Sailing yacht Houbara will be available for visiting in Vieux Port, Jetee Pantiero, Multihulls Section, MTC 105.

Sunreef 82 Double Deck superyacht HOUBARA by Sunreef Yachts

Sunreef 82 Double Deck superyacht HOUBARA by Sunreef Yachts

Sunreef 82 Double Deck luxury yacht HOUBARA is the first composite superyacht from the MODERN DOUBLE DECK line developed originally by the SY design team. In 2010 the shipyard has launched two superyachts in aluminium, charter yacht CHE and charter yacht IPHARRA.

Superyacht HOUBARA is the third superyacht model designed and built on specification by Sunreef Yachts. Her timeless stylish look of the hull line is the result of Sunreef’s advanced design technologies and ongoing research into new solutions and inspirations.

The superb HOUBARA superyacht accommodates 7 guests and 2-3 crew, and she is intended for private use only. The 32m2 master suite, arranged over two floors, is set to occupy the entire forward section of the yacht with a master cabin, Jacuzzi with its jardiniere and vanity on the main deck, and walk-in wardrobe and bathroom located below decks in port and starboard hulls respectively.

In the double deck, there is a spacious owner cabin on the lower deck in the front and a large, bright saloon featuring an internal helm station with sea views on the upper deck. This makes the model a perfect alternative to traditional motoryachts which consume very high amounts of fuel.

The Sunreef 82 yacht HOUBARA demonstrates that catamarans could easily become the superyachts of the future with their high comfort on board, big range coupled with low fuel consumption (thanks to the option of cruising under sails while maintaining maximum stability at all times) and customized finish. The yacht will now undergo final fittings out, and she will sail off to the South of France.

After the show HOUBARA will sail off to the Caribbean and USA.

Maxi Dolphin reveals the interiors of the new sailing yacht FC100

August 01, 2012

Scheduled for launch by Erbusco Shipyard in May 2013, Maxi Dolphin, the builder with more than twenty years of experience in the international nautical market, is expanding its production in the sailing world with the building of the 100-foot super technological FC100 superyacht. The hull as well as waterline of the sailing yacht FC100 were developed by the French naval architects Finot-Conq, a trustworthy guarantee in the international field of custom racing sail boats and fast cruisers. And it was the very same architects Finot-Conq who defined this spectacular vessel as “the fastest 100-foot cruiser”.

Maxi Dolphin FC100 superyacht

Maxi Dolphin FC100 superyacht designed by Finot-Conq

The interior concept of the FC100 superyacht was designed by Pierre Frutschi, developed and created through the Maxi Dolphin MD design office project, in close collaboration with the owner.

The elegantly minimalist interiors of the innovative luxury yacht FC100 playfully appear in shades of matt white and polished black. The surfaces and the strip of the exposed hull, with a polished black lacquer finish, create a refined contrast with the white opaque surfaces. The chromatic difference gives the internal layout an incredible mirror effect that expands the perception of the space.

100ft luxury yacht FC100 by Maxi Dolphin

100ft luxury yacht FC100 by Maxi Dolphin

The environments, enriched by the reflections and strokes of light from the polished black finish, have an extremely elegant allure. The lighting is indirect, enhancing the play of polished-matt colours of black and white, making the spaces even more bright and spacious.

The cabins are fitted with floors in ultra-light, thin carpet to meet the owner’s need for comfort without compromising the boat’s sporty appearance and incredible lightness. The chromatic choice of the black and white striped carpet articulates and measures the space.

Maxi Dolphin Sailing Yacht FC100 - Owners Cabin

Maxi Dolphin Sailing Yacht FC100 - Owners Cabin

The colour of the hull also appears in various interior details such as the strips of the shutters or certain furnishing elements (chairs, covers, cushions).

Sailing yacht FC100 - Owners Bath

Sailing yacht FC100 - Owners Bath

The bathroom countertops are in carbon, like the shower seat and the surface of the built-in tub, consistently highlighting the “racing” style of the FC100 yacht. The areas are separated by refined walls in matt Plexiglas, creating the perception of a generous space while defining and protecting the area.

Maxi Dolphin Yacht FC100 - Crew cabin

Maxi Dolphin Yacht FC100 - Crew cabin

The total weight of the 100ft superyacht FC100 does not exceed 51 Tons – this is the real challenge of the designers and the boatyard that are fully committed to the technological research of materials and construction.

Francis Joyon breaks the 24 hour solo sailing record aboard his 29m trimaran yacht IDEC

August 01, 2012

Yesterday evening saw the French sailor Francis Joyon break the new 24 hour speed record aboard his 29-metre impressive trimaran yacht IDEC reaching an average speed of 27,83 knots (awaiting ratification from the World Speed Sailing Record Council). 668 nautical miles. 1237 kilometres. That is the new 24 hour distance record for the sailing yacht IDEC skippered by a solo sailor.

Francis Joyon's 29m trimaran yacht IDEC Photo credit: JEAN-MARIE LIOT / DPPI pour IDEC

Francis Joyon's 29m trimaran yacht IDEC Photo credit: JEAN-MARIE LIOT / DPPI/IDEC

Francis Joyon set off from la Trinité-sur-Mer in Brittany last Friday to head for the Azores to look for ideal conditions to tackle the record set by Thomas Coville, who sailed 628.5 nautical miles in 2008 on his second attempt at the round the world record, still held by Francis.

“I had to look for the ideal conditions, which I only managed to find before in the Indian Ocean with steady, strong winds, preferably ahead of a front, in order to benefit from relatively calm seas… So I headed off around 800 miles west of Cape Finisterre, on the edge of the Azores high. I set off with a south-westerly wind, but from the start I had to deal with a swell coming in the other direction from the north.

I gave it my all and after a certain length of time, the swell eased off and the wind strengthened to 32 knots. It was extremely risky. The boat was constantly on the edge. I wasn’t at the helm. I stayed there for 24 hours standing in the cockpit with the mainsail sheet in one hand and the solent sheet in the other. When the boat dug into a wave, I eased off one or the other. But I often had to ease them both off at the same time. There was no rest. I just swallowed down a few cereal bars to feed myself.”

Francis Joyon - a skipper of IDEC superyacht Photo Credit: FRANCOIS VAN MALLEGHEM / DPPI / IDEC

Francis Joyon - a skipper of IDEC superyacht Photo Credit: FRANCOIS VAN MALLEGHEM / DPPI / IDEC

These words from Joyon himself sum up the scenario and how he achieved this special record. With peak speeds of 34 knots, the sailor from Locmariaquer has added another item to his long list of successful records. In 2004 he previously held the record aboard his former trimaran yacht IDEC.

He took the reference time to 613.5 miles (average speed of 25.56 knots) during his successful round the world record attempt in 2007. Thomas Coville then grabbed the record from him in the following year covering 619 miles at an average speed of 25.80 knots near the Kerguelens. The very same Thomas Coville aboard his 32-metre trimaran yacht then beat his own record, sailing 628.5 miles at 26.2 knots in December 2008.

“I would have been happy to beat this record by just a few miles”, added Francis. “But almost 40 miles! I’m over the moon. I’m particularly pleased as I haven’t sailed that much since capsizing last year during my transatlantic record attempt. IDEC underwent a lot of decent work in the yard during the winter. But the mast is the same one that broke in half, when she capsized. As for the sails, they are the original ones, which have already clocked up 90,000 miles. Going beyond the numbers, I was able to enjoy a truly magical moment. Being able to sail such a machine and get the full potential out of her is extraordinary. That’s what I kept telling myself, as I zoomed by cargo ships sending the spray flying.”

Francis Joyon aboard his 29m sailing yacht IDEC Photo credit: DON EMMERT / AFP PHOTO / DPPI

Francis Joyon aboard his 29m sailing yacht IDEC Photo credit: DON EMMERT / AFP PHOTO / DPPI

Extract from Francis Joyon’s list of achievements:

2010:
- 2nd in the Route du Rhum – La Banque Postale

2009:
- Record between France and Mauritius with a time of 26 days 4 hours 13 minutes and 29 seconds (initial reference time)
- Winner of the Round Belle-Ile Race

2008:
- Columbus Route record with a time of 9 days 20 hours 35 minutes and 3 seconds (record still holds)
- Outright solo round the world record with a time of 57 days 13 hours 34 minutes and 6 seconds (record still holds)

2007:
- English Channel record with a time of 6 hours, 23 minutes and 36 seconds (record still holds)

Reconstruction of His Royal Highness’ Yacht Britannia

August 01, 2012

In order to revive a maritime heritage, K1 Britannia, a team of individuals, will be restoring the legacy of Prince Albert Edward’s yacht ‘His Royal Highness’ Yacht Britannia’ from the 1800s.

Sailing yacht Britannia

His Royal Highness' sailing yacht Britannia

The reconstruction process will commence with a full stripping of the interior and then a thorough process to refit the yacht to exact requirements and specifications. Sailing yacht Britannia will be fully restored to her pristine condition at her new home. Her former namesake was privileged to be tagged as the ‘King’s Yacht’ and her re-construction will be similarly worthy of royal approval. She will once again be legendary and rekindle memories of a world where nobility and honour were the norm.

The yacht Britannia designed by George Lennox Watson was built by Henderson’s on the Clyde in 1893 for Queen Victoria’s son Prince Albert Edward of Wales. She served him and his son King George V with a long yachting career. Both builder and designer made a fine job of the Prince’s new yacht. It was said of Britannia that a better balanced and better built vessel never crossed the starting line.

Yachting writers referred to her shape as the Britannia ideal. She was a handsome vessel; Henderson’s built her light and strong, a perfect race yacht. Yachting journalist, James Michael, once wrote; “so proud over the building of her were the men that the putting of her together was a real labour of love. It was not difficult to imagine that the framework was woven together so beautifully were the many parts joined into and onto each other.”

Built of wood and planking on steel frames she had a major refit in 1931 where she was transformed by a Bermudan rig. Made of silver spruce, it was the largest mast ever made as one spar for a yacht, weighing over 3 tonnes. During her racing career which spanned over 40 years, in 635 races she won 231 firsts and of a total of 350 prizes. By the end of her first year racing, Britannia had scored 33 wins from 43 starts. In her second season she won all 7 races for the big class yachts on the French Riviera and then beat 1893 America’s Cup defender Vigilant in home waters.

In January 1936 the British people mourned as King George V passed away. It was announced that in accordance with the late King’s wishes upon his death that Britannia would be stripped of her spars and fittings and scuttled. So on the 10th July 1936 her hull was picked up by HMS Winchester and towed out to St. Catherine’s Deep near the Isle of Wight. She was then scuttled and sent to rest beneath the waves with a simple garland of flowers placed on her stem head.

In 1994 the only exact replica of Britannia was commissioned and built in Russia gaining Her Majesty’s blessing. Her then owner shipped her from Russia to Norway but unfortunately the completion of the project came to a standstill. It was not until late 2011 that Britannia was acquired for the purpose of completing her rebuild so that she could be used for charitable projects. Britannia was towed from Norway and arrived in the Isle of Wight on 4th February 2012 where she was lifted and dry-docked in her cradle where she sits today at Venture Quays, East Cowes.

She will be rebuilt according to her 1931 specifications when the original Britannia was refitted with a Bermudan rig and converted to the J Class.

As a floating venue Britannia will be gifted to charities around the world for fundraising and other events that will promote charities or provide direct benefits to the charities.

Photos of the 174ft luxury charter yacht DRUMBEAT in Juneau, Alaska

August 01, 2012

Launched in 2002, the 53m (174ft) sailing yacht Drumbeat (ex Salperton) is a spectacular, high-performance ketch, built by the prestigious NZ shipyard Alloy Yachts and designed by renowned UK-based studio Dubois Naval Architects. With the last refit in 2009, the luxury charter yacht Drumbeat provides her charter guests with amazing sailing comfort, sea worthiness and space. The Drumbeat sailing yacht can be seen in the photos below, sent in by Martin C. Michiels, one of our readers who captured the impressive yacht in Juneau, Alaska.  Whales were breaching and bubble feeding all around the charter yacht.

53m luxury charter yacht Drumbeat in Juneau, Alaska

53m luxury charter yacht Drumbeat in Juneau, Alaska

The superyacht DRUMBEAT has embarked on a World Tour that will take around 2 years. In that time, she will visit some of the most exciting and intrepid yacht charter destinations including the Caribbean, San Blas, Panama, Sea of Cortez, the West Coast of the US and Alaska, Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, South East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Burma) Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji and last but not least Patagonia and Antarctica (tbc)!

The DRUMBEAT sailing yacht is available for charter during this World tour – contact us at CharterWorld for more information on this unique opportunity.

More about the the DRUMBEAT charter yacht

Elegant and comfortable accommodation aboard the Alloy superyacht Drumbeat is provided to up to 10 guests. There is the owner’s suite, three double guest cabins and a twin cabin with an additional pullman berth. One of the unique features of this splendid ketch is her layout, offering the main cockpit, saloon, formal dining area and pilothouse on the same level. Drumbeat boasts a 10-member impeccable crew, sleeping in 6 crew cabins, all ensuite.

Dubois designed 174ft superyacht Drumbeat in Juneau, Alaska with feeding whales

Dubois designed 174ft superyacht Drumbeat in Juneau, Alaska with feeding whales

Drumbeat superyacht by Alloy Yachts and Dubois Naval Architects

Drumbeat superyacht by Alloy Yachts and Dubois Naval Architects Photo credit: Martin C. Michiels

A single Caterpillar 1400 engine drives the Dubois designed luxury yacht Drumbeat (ex Salperton), enabling her to reach a top speed of over 16 knots, with a cruising speed of 14 knots.

Photo of the Alloy luxury sailing yacht Drumbeat (ex Salperton) in Alaska

Photo of the Alloy luxury sailing yacht Drumbeat (ex Salperton) in Alaska

The following is S/Y DRUMBEAT’s tentative World circumnavigation schedule

February until April 2012: Caribbean

May and June 2012: San Blas, Panama, Sea of Cortez

July until September 2012: West Coast of the US and Alaska

October 2012: Hawaii

November 2012: Marshall Islands

December 2012 until April 2013: South East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Burma)

May until September 2013: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji

October until January 2014: unavailable

February 2014 onwards: Patagonia and Antarctica (tbc)

Not for charter to US residents while in US waters.

Charter Yacht Drumbeat (ex Salperton) is available for USD 230,000.00 per week plus expenses. Book the yacht here. Charter Yacht Drumbeat (ex Salperton) is available for USD 230,000.00 per week plus expenses. Book the yacht here.

Below are galleries for other spectacular charter yachts by Alloy Yachts as well as Dubois Naval Architects.

Heirlooms to attend MYS 2012 for the 10th year

July 31, 2012

Heirlooms Ltd, the prestigious linen company based in West Sussex UK is pleased to announce that they will exhibit 10 fantastic new additions to their linen range at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show. This is their 10th year exhibiting with a brand new stand developed to accommodate their 50% increase in exhibition space.

Heirlooms' new stand at MYS 2012

Heirlooms' new stand at MYS 2012

“The Monaco Yacht show is regarded as the most prestigious show in the yachting calendar and the only show that we currently present our luxury linens at. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to present our new range and we look forward to welcoming owners and visitors to the stand” commented Heirlooms Managing Director George Reynolds.

The design team will be presenting new and innovative bed linen designs that will be sure to inspire designers and owners.

Following on from their success at the Monaco 2011 Yacht Show, they have, also, recently completed the refurbishment of their manufacturing facility in West Sussex, UK expanding their production facility by 30%.

“With new ranges and an ever growing order book we needed to expand our facility and office space to accommodate an ever increasing team including new machinists and embroiderers” commented Ruth Douglas.

Luxury catamaran yacht HEMISPHERE boasting exclusive linen by Heirlooms

Luxury catamaran yacht HEMISPHERE boasting exclusive linen by Heirlooms

Heirlooms extensive experience has cumulated from working on hundreds of yacht projects including sailing yacht Maltese Falcon, superyacht Hemisphere, motor yacht Candyscape II, megayacht Nirvana, luxury yacht Nataly (ex Amnesia IV), trimaran yacht Adastra and Excellence V superyacht to name but a few. Residential projects include the exclusive One Hyde Park and The Lancaster’s.

“Our linens, with their durability and lasting beauty, are widely regarded as one of the most luxurious available. In addition, we offer an extensive range of fabrics in both plain and jacquard including 1000 thread count cotton satin and 200 cotton percale ideal for crew linens” added Ruth.

Heirlooms are the only UK linen manufacturer to hold the Royal warrants to supply linens to the households of both Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales as well as other international Royal Families.

ETNZ campaign for the 34th America’s Cup reinforces NZ marine industry

July 31, 2012

The Emirates Team New Zealand campaign for the 34th America’s Cup saw another huge step forward this week with the inaugural sailing of the world’s first AC72 catamaran yacht New Zealand. It will reinforce the export of New Zealand manufactured boats as well as equipment, as stated by NZ Marine executive director, Peter Busfield.

Newly launched AC72 catamaran yacht New Zealand - her first sailing in Auckland

Newly launched AC72 catamaran yacht New Zealand - her first sailing in Auckland Photo Credit: Chris Cameron 2012

“We know from past experience that high profile America’s Cup campaigns help attract lucrative new contracts and create new jobs in our industry,” he says. “We estimate that over $30 million worth of New Zealand boats and equipment has already been supplied in the build up to next year’s America’s Cup regatta.

“Every time ETNZ unveils an innovative new vessel, like New Zealand, or competes well in an international regatta, they help remind the world’s boating markets just how innovative and highly skilled New Zealand boat builders are.

“We are already enjoying a substantial increase in the number of visiting yachts and superyachts from the Northern Hemisphere. While they are choosing to explore a new destination, most of them are also choosing to have either maintenance work or a major refit completed by our skilled workforce.

“In addition, America’s Cup holders, Oracle, chose the New Zealand marine industry to build their technologically very challenging fleet of AC45 catamarans, because they knew we had both the expertise and the properly trained staff to complete the job.”

Peter Busfield says the New Zealand marine industry’s unique industry-based and industry-led training system is one of the key reasons why the industry is so successful and so internationally respected.

“Other countries look with envy at our training, which is universally acknowledged as the best marine trades’ training in the world.

“The Government sensibly recognises that the marine industry is best placed to know what type of training is needed to create and maintain a world-class industry – and that the industry is in the best position to deliver that training.”

Mr Busfield points out that the New Zealand Marine Industry Training Organisation is one of the country’s most successful ITOs (Industry Training Organisations). “A very high percentage of NZ Marine ITO trainees and apprentices fully complete their training and go on to become productive members of the industry,” he says.

As innovative as the industry it serves, NZ Marine ITO makes use of the latest teaching techniques, such as E-learning; uses industry-experienced field officers to constantly monitor each individual trainees’ progress and, as an integral part of NZ Marine (the NZ Marine industry association), is able to respond very quickly to the industry’s changing needs.

“Add in NZ Marine’s proven mantra of using the combined expertise of Government agencies and tertiary institutions, in addition to its own abilities, and it is no wonder that NZ Marine ITO continues to provide common sense and practical outcomes for both employers and apprentices,” he says.

“During the launching of ETNZ’s New Zealand both the Prime Minister, John Key, and Auckland Mayor Len Brown acknowledged the important part played by New Zealand’s highly skilled and superbly trained marine industry for the good of New Zealand’s economy.

Mr Busfield says the large amount of international media coverage generated by New Zealand’s launch will continue over the coming months as the giant catamaran yacht sails against Luna Rossa in extensive testing on the Hauraki Gulf.

“That exposure is the equivalent of us taking a full page colour ad in all of the world’s major boating magazines,” he says. “It provides an enormous boost to our industry, which already generates exports of over $640 million.

“As the widely respected world expert in innovation management and strategy, Professor Goran Roos, pointed out recently, manufactured exports are some of the most valuable exports a country can produce; generating, for example, around four times as much value as the dollars earned in tourism.”

The New Zealand marine industry currently generates around $1.6 billion, around 40% of which is exported. It employs 8000 people and has 450 apprentices, whose training is overseen and guided by the New Zealand Marine Industry Training Organisation.

Sunreef Yachts launch Sunreef 82 Double Deck sailing yacht Houbara

July 31, 2012

Sunreef Yachts is pleased to announce that the Sunreef 82 Double Deck sailing yacht Houbara was successfully launched at the Sunreef Yachts shipyard in Gdansk, Poland on 25th July. The timeless stylish look of the Houbara superyacht is the result of Sunreef’s advanced design technologies as well as ongoing research into new solutions and inspirations.

Launch of the Sunreef 82 Double Deck superyacht Houbara

Launch of the Sunreef 82 Double Deck superyacht Houbara

The superb Houbara superyacht accommodates 7 guests and 2-3 crew, and she is intended for private use only. In the double deck, there is a spacious owner cabin in the front and a large, bright saloon featuring an internal helm station with sea views. This makes the model a perfect alternative to traditional motoryachts which consume very high amounts of fuel.

Sunreef 82 DD luxury yacht Houbara

Sunreef 82 DD luxury yacht Houbara

Houbara superyacht - side view

Houbara superyacht - side view

The Sunreef 82 DD luxury yacht Houbara demonstrates that catamarans could easily become the superyachts of the future with their high comfort onboard and low fuel consumption resulting from low draught and the option of cruising under sails while maintaining maximum stability at all times.

Luxury yacht Houbara - rear view

Luxury yacht Houbara - rear view

82 DD sailing yacht Houbara by Sunreef Yachts

82 DD sailing yacht Houbara by Sunreef Yachts

The Houbara yacht will now undergo final fitting out, and she will sail to the South of France to take part in the Cannes International Boat Show in September 2012.