The Iconic J Class boat Endeavour has successfully completed sea trials and race trim preparations on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour and in the Hauraki Gulf. Fresh from her comprehensive 18month refit at Yachting Developments Auckland shipyard, there were smiles all round as Endeavour’s crew and members of the Yachting Developments team proudly sailed Endeavour in all her new glory, the grand old lady seemed very happy with her new upgrades.
Absolute care has been taken throughout the refit to preserve as much of the vessel as practical while taking advantage of twenty first century sailing systems, enhanced performance and improved functionality. More than 100,000 man hours have gone into the project and in excess of 40 tonnes of material was removed and replaced on the vessel during the refit.
Through the use of 3D modeling it was possible to accurately create a space saving but serviceable layout in the under floor engine room and service areas. The refit includes removal and replacement of the complete weather deck including all deck equipment.
Steel deck framing has also been relocated to accommodate the new load paths of the new deck layout. The number of deck winches was reduced from 28 to 14 and all dorades were removed in keeping with her original appearance.
Accommodation forward of the mast has been reconfigured by John Munford and Adam Lay, the new interior has been built in-house by Yachting Developments tradesmen. The main engine, generators, hydraulic systems, winches, electrical system, electronics, bow thruster, and air conditioning have all been replaced.
The new carbon fibre mast was built by Southern Spars in Auckland and features EC6 standing rigging. Dykstra & Partners, Naval Architects, have been instrumental in the design of the new sail plan, deck layout, and structural engineering.
There has been a long term philosophy of longevity and serviceability throughout the refit ensuring Endeavour will remain the historic Icon she is today for future generations.
The owner’s project management is by Jon Barrett Associates whom have had nearly 25years experience in this role with Endeavour. Yachting Developments Managing Director Ian Cook describes the 18month custodianship of Endeavour as “an honor, 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.”