Please select your home edition
Edition
Smuggler 728 x 90px Strata 750 TOP

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.

Related Articles

Leech F8 Foiler launched in Christchurch
Designed by Dan Leech, the F8 is focused on getting young kids into foiling The new youth F8 Foiler prototype from Leech Boats has just been launched at the Charteris Bay Yacht Club in Christchurch, NZ. Posted on 26 May
Video: David Witt on 100fter mods and beating WOXI
The second instalment of the popular video series "Ask the Crew" In this second instalment of "Ask the Crew", David covers yacht design and data, planned modifications for Sun Hung Kai Scallywag 100, the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss yacht design ideas, and talks SHK Scallywag 100 beating Wild Oats XI. Posted on 11 May
How you can help the NZ Sailing Trust
The NZ Sailing Trust is reaching out for help from the NZ sailing community On behalf of the NZ Sailing Trust, we are reaching out to you as a valued supporter. Posted on 11 May
Video: David Witt on foils, IMOCAs, monos/multis
The skipper of Sun Hung Kai Scallywag answers questions from the fans. David Witt has never been one to mince words. Check out his take on a range of topics from foiling yachts, to IMOCA 60s and The Ocean Race and what he thinks about sailing monohulls vs multihulls. Posted on 3 May
Building beasts: AC75s and IMOCA 60s
Jason Carrington on building high performing yachts including AC75's and IMOCA60's. French website and sailing newsletter Tip & Shaft talks with boat builder Jason Carrington about his projects including INEOS Team UK's second AC75, an IMOCA60, and with the repairs to the IMOCA60 Hugo Boss just completed Posted on 22 Apr
Cabin fever therapy: Nick Moloney's Vendee Globe
Seeing life aboard an IMOCA 60 might give some perspective to those suffering cabin fever at home. Nick Moloney was the first person to compete in offshore yachting's three greatest challenges; the Vendee Globe, the Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race, and the Jules Verne Trophy. Here's his thoughts on coping with isolation over an extended period. Posted on 20 Apr
FLY - the foiler for the foiling generation
Dan Leech has designed a foiler for kids who want to fly. The idea behind the FLY was to create a simple kids foiler that can be used as the very starting point for a pathway down the foiling track. A lot of kids these days just simply want to go fast! Posted on 30 Mar
Sleeping skipper fined after striking wharf
Wellington based sailing vessel runs into Port Howard Wharf while skipper sleeps The sole director of Wellington-based Megisti Sailing Charters, Timothy James Newman, has been fined $2,500 for being asleep at the wheel of the catamaran MV Megisti when it collided with the Port Howard Wharf. Posted on 30 Mar
Planet Sail's Matt Sheahan presents video series
First video episode in a new series by top sailing journalist Matt Sheahan First video episode in a new series by top sailing journalist Matt Sheahan that takes a regular look at the sailing world. Posted on 27 Mar
NZ Classic Yacht Assoc cancels remaining events
The remaining summer sailing season events are cancelled. You will have seen many organisations and clubs begin to postpone or cancel events over the previous few weeks due to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. Posted on 23 Mar
Official-Team-Gear-Navy 728x90 NZ+AUS BOTTOMHALLSPARS_BANNER_SW_660X82-EVAISeafarer 3_Bottom 728x90px