One hundred and eight feet (33 meters) of battle-ready prowess. That’s what an avid angler anticipates seeing when he takes delivery of Yachting Developments’ Hull 1017, just signed. She’ll be an all-carbon-fiber fish-fighting machine.
Thought the New Zealand boatbuilder doesn’t say when the delivery date is, it does state that construction starts this quarter. When you consider Yachting Developments’ background, it’s little wonder the owner chose this yard. It’s earning a reputation for custom sportfishermen, although it builds other all-custom megayachts as well. For example, just this past November, Yachting Developments launched Hull 1015. At 129’6” (39.5 meters), she’s the world’s largest battlewagon featuring entirely carbon fiber and composite construction. In addition, in 2012, Yachting Developments splashed the 89’9” (27.4-meter) Satu. In between, the yard launched catamarans and sailing superyachts. The latter includes Cygnus Montanus, measuring 110’9” (33.8 meters).
With a waterline length of 90’2” (27.5 meters), Hull 1017 features naval architecture and styling by Warwick Yacht Design. A few sportfishermen are in its portfolio. While we don’t know if the owner previously had a sportfisherman, we do know that he’s a repeat client of Warwick Yacht Design. The studio is also a repeat collaborator with Yachting Developments. In fact, Hull 1017 will be the sixth such project they’ve done together.
Most of the facts behind the build are not public for now. Beam is 24’6” (7.5 meters), with interior design coming from a combination of Warwick Yacht Design, the owner’s team, and the shipyard. The shallow 4’9” (1.5-meter) draft means fish don’t stand a chance even in shallow water. While we know that twin 2,000-hp MTUs will take her there, we don’t know exactly what Hull 1017 will be capable of speed-wise. However, the carbon fiber and epoxy construction are certainly meant to keep weight down and therefore assist with performance, whenever she’s delivered. That’s one more fact being kept close to the vest.