In 2017 luxury sailing yacht LION NEW ZEALAND began an exhaustive two-year, multi-million dollar refit at the Yachting Developments shipyard in Hobsonville to restore her to as-new condition. As of the 11th of March, she has returned to the waters around New Zealand for sea trials.
She was designed by Ron Holland and built at the Whitbread shipyard, launched in 1985 for Owner Sir Peter Blake. She took part in the 1985/86 Whitbread Round The World Race. In 2008 she was acquired by the NZ Sailing Trust.
24m/80ft sailing yacht LION NEW ZEALAND has received a new paint job in her original colours that match her original fixtures and fittings, new anti-fouling and the installation of a new keel, mast and boom, rigging, deck winches and electronics inside and out, including an upgrade of navigation systems and lighting.
While remaining true to the original character, new accommodation, a redesigned galley and new plumbing have given a fresh new appearance to the interior, and her propeller and propeller shaft have also been replaced as well as the old diesel Gardener engine, now fitted with a new Volvo engine. As a result, S/Y LION NEW ZEALAND will now be faster, lighter and more efficient to run.
She will now undergo sea trials before returning to service with the NZ Sailing Trust.