The first interior images of the newly refitted 77 year old J class sailing yacht Endeavour have now been revealed. Following the 18 month refit at the renowned Auckland-based shipyard Yachting Developments, the luxury charter yacht Endeavour is now simply magnificent.
More than 100,000 man hours have gone into the project and in excess of 40 tonnes of material was removed and replaced on the J class luxury yacht Endeavour during the refit.
There has been a long term philosophy of longevity and serviceability throughout the refit, ensuring the 130ft superyacht Endeavour will remain the historic icon she is today for future generations.
Through the use of 3D modelling it was possible to accurately create a space saving but serviceable layout in the under floor engine room and service areas. The refit included removal and replacement of the complete weather deck including all deck equipment. Steel deck framing has also been relocated to accommodate the new load paths of the new deck layout. The number of deck winches was reduced from 28 to 14 and all dorades were removed in keeping with her original appearance.
Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects, were instrumental in the design of the new sail plan, deck layout and structural engineering.
The main engine, generators, hydraulic systems, winches, electrical system, electronics, bow thruster, and air conditioning have all been replaced.
The new carbon fibre mast was built by Southern Spars in Auckland and features EC6 standing rigging.
Absolute care has been taken throughout the refit to preserve as much of the vessel as practical while taking advantage of twenty first century sailing systems, enhanced performance and improved functionality.
The owner’s project management is by Jon Barrett Associates whom have had over 25 years experience in this role with the Endeavour yacht.
Recently the St Barths Bucket Regatta held in the Caribbean, hosted four J Class vessels. Indeed it was the first time ever that the 130ft charter yacht Endeavour, the 138ft sailing yacht Hanuman, the 136ft charter yacht Ranger and the 129ft superyacht Velsheda had lined up and raced against each other in the same regatta. Endeavour’s refit was quickly validated with an outstanding performance and end result.