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Hull and superstructure joined on Yachting Developments Hull 1015

The 38.7 metre maxi sportfisher Hull 1015 has passed a major milestone at New Zealand yard Yachting Developments after its hull and superstructure were joined earlier this month (April 8). This all-carbon fast planing yacht is on schedule for a launch before the end of the year. Upon delivery, she will be the largest all-carbon sportfish yacht in the world, the Auckland-based yard added.

The joining of the hull and the superstructure is a significant step as it allows the full scale of the project to be seen for the first time. Ian Cook, managing director of Yachting Developments, said: "It is always gratifying to see a project start coming together in its finished form and this transformational stage of the build of Hull 1015 is a tangible reminder of what a unique and exciting project this is. We are looking forward to her launch later this year.”

Hull 1015 was ordered in 2015 by an experienced owner who Yachting Developments says is an international sportfisherman. According to the yard, the owner chose Yachting Developments because of their expertise in carbon construction and previous experience in building sportfishing superyachts, such as the 27.4 metre Satu, which was launched in 2012.

The carbon hull and superstructure should make for a faster, lighter and more competitive sportfish yacht. Michael Peters Yacht Design is responsible for both the naval architecture and the exterior design, and project management is being handled by Australian firm Motor Yacht Build. The interior design for the new Yachting Developments sportfish yacht is being developed in-house, however, the exact layout has yet to be disclosed.

Key features include foredeck tender storage, an upper deck helm station and an extended aft cockpit that will be left bare to make it easier to reel in the catch of the day. Moving forward, al fresco dining will be provided on the main deck with seating for ten around a central table.

Power will come from a pair of 3,140hp MTU diesel engines, which should propel this sportfish yacht to an impressive top speed out on the open water.

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