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McConaghy Boats open NZ office and increase focus on superyachts

McConaghy Boats have opened a New Zealand based office, to be led by former Fitzroy Yachts staff. The company is looking to actively target the superyacht sector and build high performance composite superyachts...…

McConaghy Boats have announced that they are to make a dedicated move into the large yacht market. This new focus will complement the company’s ongoing work in the sub 30m sector, where they have built a reputation as a market leading builder of carbon yachts.

McConaghy is no stranger to the 30m+ and superyacht sector, having most recently built the unforgettable 42.5m trimaran Adastra, from the boards of Shuttleworth Yacht Designs, in 2012. Other project included 30m Esimit Europa 2 in 2010, the Farr 30m Leopard 3 in 2007, and Alfa Romeo II in 2005. Their renewed focus on superyachts will see the team actively targeting these projects, intending to build quality high performance carbon yachts.

Adastra and Leopard 3 (credit Andrea Francolini)

Part of this strategy includes the establishment of a New Zealand office to add to the company’s existing presence in Australia, where the company is headquartered, and Hong Kong. The New Zealand office will be run by Rodney Martin and Paul Vivian, both formerly of Fitzroy Yachts, and they will be joined by a team of six to eight experienced design and engineering staff. The New Zealand team’s prime focus will be on marketing the company within the superyacht sector and working on design programmes for the McConaghy Group.

Rodney Martin (left) and Paul Vivian (right)

“New Zealand has a well deserved reputation as a country of yachtsmen and of driving advances in the sailing sector,” said Rodney Martin. “The new McConaghy New Zealand office will perfectly complement the existing McConaghy facilities, and ensure that customers are on the receiving end of both New Zealand’s and McConaghy’s world-class innovation.”

Managing Directors of McConaghy Boats, Mark Evans and Jono Morris are delighted to have secured two such well known names in the superyacht industry. “Rodney, Paul and their team have a wealth of experience and expertise in the superyacht industry, the recent projects that they have managed have been recognised as setting new standards for quality and finish,” said Morris. “Mark and I see great potential for projects in both Sydney and China in both the commercial and recreational marine sectors with this level of expertise within our organisation.”

Composite construction is increasingly the build material of choice for those owners seeking fast sailing yachts capable of winning results in the ever-popular superyacht regattas. With such a strong history and their newly strengthened superyacht team, it seems likely that McConaghy will present a hugely attractive and affordable option for superyacht owners.

Founded in 1967 McConaghy Boats  was further strengthened in early 2014 with the signing of an investment agreement with Hong Kong based Tiger Group, Investments a prominent commercial marine company led by keen yachtsman Graham Porter. The new partnership with Tiger Group will provide capital for investment in new state of the art machinery and equipment at McConaghy’s facilities in China and Sydney.

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