New Zealand-based Alloy Yachts utilised high-performance yacht racing technology to build its custom, aluminium sailing and motor superyachts.
History of Alloy Yachts
An ambitious project to build a 28-metre performance sailing yacht in West Auckland, New Zealand, launched Alloy Yachts. The yacht, Chanel, was constructed of lightweight aluminium and featured a luxury interior that required the builders to establish a new standard of fit and finish. She was delivered in 1985, and her success prompted the local yacht-building team to stay together and found Alloy Yachts, Ltd.
One of the original team members, Tony Hambrook, who started as production manager, was named managing director of Alloy Yachts in 1989 and guided the shipyard for the next 27 years. Under his direction, Alloy continued to expand its capacity for building larger luxury yachts. The shipyard launched sailing yachts in excess of 67 metres and motor yachts up to 47 metres in length.