A little over two years since her owner signed the contract, Hull 1015 is looking more like a proper fishing machine. The 127-foot (38.7-meter) is marking her last construction stages at New Zealand’s Yachting Developments.
With delivery coming later this year, Hull 1015 is the world’s largest all-carbon-fiber sportfisherman. The owner was firm in wanting that type of construction for his craft. In fact, it was one big reason he selected Yachting Developments. The shipyard is responsible for a number of carbon-composite sailing superyachts. The other reason he chose the yard is because it finished another mega-size sportfisherman, Satu, in 2012. Her LOA: 90 feet (27.4 meters).
The owner also selected a performance-oriented studio for his sportfisherman. Michael Peters Yacht Design is the naval architect and exterior stylist. Yachting Developments’ in-house staff, meanwhile, is responsible for engineering. Unfortunately, neither the Michael Peters team nor the shipyard has disclosed the sportfisherman’s performance expectations. However, Hull 1015 will feature powerful powerplants, twin 3,140-hp MTUs. It’s safe to say, too, that Hull 1015 will chase a variety of big game in deep waters. Her owner is an avid fisherman, and has had smaller fishing craft before.
In the meantime, the slideshow below shows how Yachting Developments joined the hull and superstructure. The superstructure, in build in a separate bay, made the first move. It needed transferring from its bay, out through the doors, and back inside to the hull’s bay. The maneuvers took place on April 8.
“It is always gratifying to see a project start coming together in its finished form,” says Ian Cook, Yachting Developments’ managing director. “This transformational stage of the build of Hull 1015 is a tangible reminder of what a unique and exciting project this is.”
On a related note, as unusual as Hull 1015 is for being an entirely carbon-composite sportfisherman, she’s not the only one in build. In the United States, there’s Project Ireland, measuring 90 feet (about 27.5 meters). She’s set for launch this year, too.