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Yachting Developments delivers 34.3m sportfisher

by Yachting Developments 13 May 20:06 NZST
Yachting Developments Build 1017 - the sportfisher Al Duhail © Chris Jack

Yachting Developments is pleased to confirm the safe delivery of 34.3-metre Al Duhail and subsequent safe arrival into her home port in Qatar. After launching in Auckland, New Zealand, on the 22 January 2020 she formally handed over to her owner in February 2020 before travelling to Doha from New Zealand. Her exceptional performance on this 8,000nm maiden cruise is testament to the skillset of all involved in her design and construction.

Al Duhail is an all-carbon motoryacht sportfisher that was commissioned by experienced owners who were looking to upgrade their previous sportfisher of the same name. Designed by Warwick Yacht Design, she features a modern, streamlined interior that was developed by Yachting Developments in collaboration with the owner’s team.

“Yachting Developments was initially recommended to the owner’s team by the Warwick Design office, based on our significant experience building this style of light and fast composite sportfisher yachts,” says Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments. “We have collaborated with the Warwick Design team many times in the past, and we were delighted to have the chance to partner with them on another superyacht project.”

Al Duhail drew upon Yachting Developments’ extensive experience in composite construction and benefitted from the experience the yard has gained through its multiple sportsfisher and superyacht projects, including 39.5m Lanakai and 27.4m Satu. “When building Al Duhail we took the technology of standard fibreglass and applied it to carbon,” says Cook. “This allowed us to reduce the weight of the yacht, while also increasing the speed and range. As a result, she is faster than her predecessor, goes further, and can carry more fuel.”

“The Yachting Developments interior team was given a direct styling brief by the owner’s family, which we then brought to life,” says Blair Morten, designer at Yachting Developments. “They were seeking a simple, modern and neutral interior that was not overdone, and we developed a palette of light oak with a natural grain, semi-gloss finish while incorporating walnut detailing, upholstered panels and colourful soft furnishings to create a warm comfortable interior.

Up to 10 guests can be welcomed on board and interior spaces count the large main saloon, which features lounge seating and a dedicated dining space, and five guest cabins that include the large master.

The yacht has been designed with a focus on fishing and diving, including a large cockpit that has been equipped with an extensive fishing inventory comprising of tuna tubes, live bait tanks, game chair, ice slurry machines, expansive freezer storage and more.

Exterior spaces include the bridge deck and fly bridge, which deliver clear views and plenty of space for guests to relax. Al Duhail is powered by twin MTU 16V2000 M96L engines and cruises at 20 knots, reaching top speeds of 31 knots, with a range of 2000nm at 10 knots.

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