The extensive refit of the iconic J Boat Endeavour is nearing completion at Yachting Developments Auckland yard. Absolute care has been taken to preserve as much of this historic vessel as practical, while taking advantage of twenty first century sailing systems, enhanced safety and improved functionality.
Dykstra & Partners, Naval Architects, have been instrumental in the design of the new sail plan, deck layout and structural engineering. The comprehensive refit includes complete removal of the weather deck and all deck equipment. Steel deck framing has also been relocated to accommodate the new load paths of the new deck layout.
The main engine, generators, hydraulic systems, winches, electrical system, electronics, bow thruster and air conditioning have been replaced or upgraded. Work is nearing completion on the new Southern Spars carbon mast and rigging.
Accommodation forward of the mast has been reconfigured by John Munford and Adam Lay, the new interior is being built in-house by Yachting Developments tradesmen.
The owner’s project management is by Jon Barrett Associates whom have had over 25 years experience in this role with Endeavour.
Yachting Developments Managing Director Ian Cook describes working on Endeavour as “an honour, she is something special, everyone involved has put their heart and soul into the refit, I think the care and passion is very evident in the end result”.
Endeavour is on schedule to be launched October 2011.
Both Yachting Developments and Dykstra Naval Architects will be exhibiting at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show.