New Zealand Yacht Companies Popular In Asia
Published: Thursday, 03 July 2014
New Zealand’s marine companies have long had a reputation for building some of the world’s best superyachts. Three of the country’s leading players, superyacht builder McMullen & Wing, mast and spar makers Southern Spars, and sail makers Doyle Sails are actively growing their presence in Asia and are proving to be increasingly popular choices within the Asian market.
Over the years McMullen & Wing has earned a sterling reputation for unique custom yachts. The multi-award winning 45m Big Fish, built for a Hong Kong-based owner in 2010 and now frequently based in Phuket, Thailand, has travelled thousands of nautical miles and won an army of fans for her hardy yet stylish exterior. With a varied portfolio of yachts that ranges from the high-speed motoryacht Ermis 2 to the 1995 America’s Cup Black Magic, the shipyard has proven it can turn its hand to any style of yacht. Next up for the yard is the much-anticipated 50m sister ship to Big Fish, which is currently under construction.
Southern Spars is globally respected as the leading choice for superyacht carbon spars, with the company now having supplied masts to approximately 60–70 per cent of all sailing superyachts. With a global network, including the headquarters in New Zealand and its one design facility in Sri Lanka, Southern Spars regularly works with many sailing yacht builders. As well as superyacht work, Southern Spars is intensely involved in race technology and recently built AC72 wings for the 34th America’s Cup. Upcoming projects include the supply of the Volvo 65 One Design masts and rigging for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, as well as the completion of their biggest ever superyacht masts, at 92-metres, for an 85-metre design build in the Netherlands.
Doyle Sails New Zealand has a reputation as one of the world’s best sail makers due to its ever-evolving technology and performance focused sails. The New Zealand loft supplies its innovative Stratis sails from its 7000sqm sail loft to the global Doyle network of more than 80 lofts. The Doyle group already has a well-established presence in Asia with sail lofts in China and Japan, supplying sails to high profile performance yachts including Hugo Boss and Ragamuffin and superyachts such as the largest single sloop yacht ever built, 75m Mirabella V. Doyle often collaborates with Southern Spars on producing optimised sail, mast and rig packages, and like them also works with all leading sailing yacht builders.
These three companies are key examples of the quality and innovation coming out of New Zealand. Having proved popular around the world, it is no surprise that as the yachting pastime grows in Asia these brands are becoming increasingly in demand.