Auckland based Superyacht builder Yachting Developments is about to launch its latest creation, a 34.9m (114 ft) custom build Carbon Fibre Sportsfisher.

From the design board of Warwick Yacht Design, the vessel is custom built to make long range international passages on her own bottom, with this in mind she carries 24,000 litres fuel and has the ability to refuel/bunker while still at sea.

Everything about the vessel is impressive, the V16 High Performance engines were built to order by Rolls Royce – MTU for this particular project, each engine develops 2,600hp enabling a comfortable cruising speed in excess of 37 kmph (20 knots) .

As with any well-designed superyacht, the exterior styling is in proportion, the interior layout is open plan, with accommodation for up to 10 guests in four cabins, in addition there is also dedicated crew accommodation aft of the main engine room.  The deck layout features a large mezzanine cockpit above the fighting cockpit, this provides an elevated outdoor vantage point for guests to watch the action up close.

The fully enclosed air conditioned flybridge provides excellent visibility through 25mm thick laminated toughened glazing, state of the art stabilizers and mega size vertical interceptor trim tabs provide a comfortable ride and efficient trim while at sea.

With long passages in mind the vessel is fitted with twin generators, twin water makers, salted ice makers, fresh water ice makers, large catch chillers and a live bait tank that could be mistaken for a small swimming pool.


A 53kw/72hp Bow thruster and a 42kw/57hp Stern thruster will give the vessel the ability to squeeze into tight locations with ease. Propeller tunnels incorporated into the hull allow the large diameter propellers and shafts to be located snuggly up in the hull bottom shell keeping the draft down to a respectable 1.9m (6ft)

Thanks to the cleaver use of carbon fibre and weight saving interior, Yachting Developments is again able to build a large Sportsfisher that has the best of both worlds, capable of both high speed and long range, there may even be a little water-skiing behind the Sportsfisher if the fish are not biting!

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