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Great article on a great New Zealand company - Yachting Developments Homepage
As the only New Zealand yard with a new build superyacht underway there is no doubt that Yachting Developments, owned and run by the Cook family, is one of the country’s best success stories. Having recently delivered the 33.83 metre Germán Frers designed sloop, Cygnus Montanus, in July 2016, the yard team is currently hard at work on a 38.7 metre Michael Peters sportsfisher, Hull YD 1015, due for delivery in 2017. Current refit projects include the restoration of Windhaven, built in 1948 and considered by many as New Zealand’s first luxury yacht. “Enquiries are strong and we are busy,” says Ian Cook, Managing Director at Yachting Developments.
Highlighted Ian Cooks final comments, we from NZSG couldn't agree more with you Ian.
New Zealand has been proactive about promoting the country to yachts in recent years but Cook believes that yacht building is so personal that in many cases the build country takes a back seat to the relationship between yard and owner. “It shouldn’t be about a country, the relationships are most important, not where you are and what you cost,” he says. “What we do is very personal and the importance of good synergy between yard and owner can’t be underestimated. It’s a life long relationship.” Getting the balance right and staying true to family values and a commitment to quality is at the heart of every project the yard takes on. “You never want to think you’re being chosen because you’re the most competitive,” he says. “You want to be chosen because the owner relationship is right, everyone’s paying a fair price and you are delivering a quality item. It’s as simple as that.”