Onboard the 40m all-carbon sportfisher superyacht Lanakai

Written by Laura Nicholls

Delivered in 2018 by the New-Zealand-based shipyard, Yachting Developments, Lanakai is one of the largest all-carbon sportfisher superyachts in the world. The four-deck 39.5-metre superyacht was created for highly experienced owners with an extensive inventory of fishing equipment and has already cruised extensively around New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.Lanakai yacht cruisingPhoto: Matt CrawfordLanakai yacht cruisingPhoto: Matt CrawfordHaving worked with the owner on a smaller yacht, Michael Peters Yacht Design created the naval architecture, whereas the exterior design is by Yacht Studio Ltd. Lanakai features a VEEM twin Gyrostabiliser unit, extensive onboard storage and a tailored cockpit equipped with fishing accessories such as a Pompanette fighting chair and three large live bait tanks. Lanakai yacht cruisingPhoto: Matt Crawford
Lanakai yacht fishing chairPhoto: Matt Crawford“The Lanakai build began with a blank sheet, allowing ample space to accommodate every desire in luxurious fashion. As a fishing and diving platform, the vessel is truly enormous, and she incorporates everything expected of a sizable motor yacht in a sleek sportfisherman’s profile,” says Chris Critchett of Michael Peters Yacht Design. Lanakai yacht sundeckPhoto: Matt CrawfordLanakai yacht sundeckPhoto: Matt CrawfordLanakai yacht aft deckPhoto: Matt CrawfordThe bridge can be used as a multi-purpose socialising area in addition to the skylounge, large games room and the alfresco dining area on the main-deck aft. Up a level, the sundeck has sun loungers and a control station, while the upper flybridge has an advanced helm station and a seating area. Lanakai is an impressive vessel on many levels – it is hard to come to grips with the size and scale of the vessel when she is viewed from a distance because all the details and lines are in harmony with the style,” says Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments.Lanakai yacht saloonPhoto: Matt Crawford

Lanakai yacht barPhoto: Matt CrawfordThe owners worked with Yachting Developments' interior division and Naylor Booth Associates to create the interior for Lanakai. A contemporary design was implemented throughout the superyacht, with blue, cream colours and accents of stained walnut. Up to 10 guests can be accommodated for in either the large full-beam master suite, VIP, double or twin with two Pullmans. Guests can also enjoy the large main saloon, which features a seating and dining area, entertainment system, bar and access to the modern galley. Lanakai yacht stateroomPhoto: Matt Crawford

Lanakai yacht stateroomPhoto: Matt CrawfordPowered by twin MTU 4000 series engines, each with 3,150hp, Lanakai can reach top speeds of 29.5 knots. The yacht also carries two tenders: a 6.5-metre and a 4.8-metre Smuggler which are stored on the foredeck with a Nautical Structures crane for easy deployment.

Lanakai yacht GAPhoto: Yachting Developments

Lanakai yacht GAPhoto: Yachting Developments

Lanakai yacht GAPhoto: Yachting Developments

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