Yachting Developments have relaunched the iconic J Boat Endeavour today, the launching marks the completion of an extensive 18 month refit at Yachting Developments yard based in Hobsonville, Auckland. Endeavour touched the water at 8am, onboard systems were commissioned and checked, the new mast was stepped at 11am, the boom was fitted at 1.00pm, Endeavour then moved to her berth at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour on schedule at 2.30pm.
The comprehensive 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. 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.
Dykstra & Partners, Naval Architects, have been instrumental in the design of the new sail plan, deck layout, and structural engineering. The main engine, generators, hydraulic systems, winches, electrical system, electronics, bow thruster and air conditioning have been replaced or upgraded.
The new carbon fibre mast was built by Southern Spars Auckland, the mast features carbon standing rigging.
The 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 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 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”.
After completion of sea trials Endeavour will tune up on Auckland harbor prior to being shipped in February to the northern hemisphere to compete in the 2012 J Class regattas timed to coincide with the Olympics.