Yachting Developments launches built YD69, superyacht Antares III

Yachting Developments proudly launched another 30 metre composite performance cruising sloop this week. Yachting Developments has lived up to their reputation and produced a yacht that they can be proud of particularly considering the short build time of just over one year.

“YD69 has been a very enjoyable project, the team at Yachting Developments thrived on the challenge to build such a high quality custom super yacht in the timeframe requested by the client.” says Ian Cook, Yachting Developments Managing Director.

From the design board of naval architects Dixon Yacht Design the vessel is referred to as build number YD69, or by its project name Meteor 100 but is now proudly named Antares III.

Built to comply with stringent Germanischer Lloyd and MCA classification requirements, the vessel is incredibly strong yet 25%-30% lighter than similar vessels built in Aluminum, this is achievable by the use of composites. The composite structure is post cure epoxy Eglass/Carbon/Kevlar incorporating high strength foam sandwich technology. The hull has a Kevlar outer skin giving increased impact resistance.

Blonde Teak interior as designed by Rhodes Young, was built in-house by Yachting Developments specialist tradesmen with a horizontal grain and is contrasted with wide Walnut planked floors.

The yachts accommodation consists of an upper and lower saloon that are open to each other, two spacious guest cabins and a full beam Owners cabin with private access to the aft cockpit. Forward of the galley and crew mess is accommodation for four crew members.

Patrick Yeoward, owner representative and Project Manager describes the launch of Antares III: “They say that things run like a Swiss watch… Well that will have to be rephrased to a ‘Yachting Developments launch’. One can expect things to run smoothly when following the 6P code, but when the weather turns and you can’t see from one end of the boat to the other, you could be forgiven to think it is all going to go wrong. But no. With increasing wind and driving rain that yacht was launched, on time. The rig stepped, on time. The boom loaded, on time. And moored up, on time. The look of relief on the faces on board certainly said it all. All involved from the Owner’s side would like to congratulate and thank Ian Cook and his team for a job that was most certainly well done.”

The vessel and owner will in the coming months take advantage of the South Pacific build location with planned cruises throughout New Zealand, Fiji and other pacific islands before heading to the northern hemisphere.

Yachting Developments
+64 (0)9 417 0060
[email protected]
www.yachtingdevelopments.co.nz

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