New Zealand is the home of the renowned yacht maker Alloy Yachts. In the 1980's the average length of an alloy yacht was 12 to 13 metres, but that changed with the creation of the Chanel which came in at 28 metres. Currently they are custom builder of luxury motor yachts
and sailing yachts
ranging from 30m to 70m.
Alloy Yachts was formed on the banks of Henderson Creek in West Auckland, by a number of local yacht builders
after Chanel commissioned in 1985. The next project was for the Americas Cup challenge for New Zealand in 1987 and much of the boat building team have been together ever since. In 1991 Alloy Yachts built their first vessel of over 100 feet in length.
A period of expansion followed through the 1990's with innovation at the forefront, Alloy Yachts skipped up the league of super yacht builders. The first use of a carbon fibre mast originally developed for the Americas Cup, was incorporated into a cruising super yacht, the 32 metre Esprit.
Imagine, a 33 metre boat used a ground breaking technology enabling sustained quiet periods on board by being able to use any shore based power system. Then the slightly larger, at nearly 35 metres, Corinthian, was the first yacht to be built with a concealed anchor.
From there, more recently Alloy Yachts have built what was at the time the largest sloop in the world, the 49 metre Georgia and then followed that with the Tiara at over 54 metres, the latter being awarded the 2004 Showboat International highest technical achievement award.
More awards followed in 2005, a Boat International superyacht award was earned by Ad Lib, a 40 metre beauty and in 2006, the following year, Como received a styling award from the same magazine.
In 2006, after 21 years of manufacture, Wyoming won the Showboats International best sailing yacht award.
Further awards have followed in 2007 and 2008 so the company can justifiably claim to be one of the leading yacht builders in the world, a great achievement for a Company based in one of the least accessible countries in the world.
It is not just the boats themselves that they build. They have developed a range of options that can be incorporated into other existing or in production vessels. Apart from their already mentioned concealed anchor systems, they have developed captive and vertical winches, deck hardware such as stanchions, line haulers, mooring cleats, through to the much more sophisticated Seatouch Monitoring and alarm system. They also make and supply boarding passerelles and platforms, and even jacuzzis.
Alloy yachts is recognised as one of the leading superyacht builders in the world and particularly specialises in high quality luxury sailing yachts. Yachts built by Alloy have an international reputation for reliable operation and world class quality. The quality, innovation and reliability of Alloy Yachts has been acknowledged in by winning 16 International Yachting Awards.