Diverse Projects' latest vessel Black Pearl was successfully launched on 29 December in Whangarei. Pre-dawn rituals of Takahi (Maori waka launch traditions) and a blessing ceremony started at 5am, followed by the actual launch just before high tide at approximately 2pm.
The Diverse Projects team of contractors will now complete finishing touches to the interior of the boat and commence sea trials and system commissioning.
Celebrations for the official handover and christening will be held in Auckland on January 22, before the vessel heads off on her maiden voyage in February 2011.
The sleek, dark hulled 31.5 metre displacement yacht was designed by Lomocean Design with interior by Chris Connell, and has been in Whangarei for finishing, after construction took place in Palmerston North. Powered by two Caterpillar engines, C18 ACERT rated to 600 hp will allow her to cruise at 12 knots.
Diverse Projects specialises in building beautiful bespoke long range motoryachts yet they are fully qualified to help you with the various other aspects of owning a boat, from charter and sales, through to refit, or simply by providing independent expert advice for any aspect of your yachting business.
Guided by directors John Vitali and Lars Bjorklund and benefiting from a wealth of marine experience gained over many years, the Diverse team has the expertise and knowledge to help you with any project, big or small.