Barry 2019-09-06

Good things come to those who wait and Yachting Developments has now released details on the 39.5m Lanakai.

LANAKAI was delivered by Yachting Developments in 2018. Built for highly experienced owners, Lanakai is the largest all-carbon sportsfisher in the world and a true feat of design. Combining impressive performance credentials, an extensive inventory of fishing equipment and a relaxed yet elegant interior, she is a very special vessel.

A spacious four-deck sportsfisher Lanakai’s key features are an expansive fishing-focused inventory, including a tailored cockpit; an elegant, contemporary interior; a VEEM twin Gyrostabiliser unit; fast speeds, control and manoeuvrability; and extensive on board storage. “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. “It’s not until you’re actually on board that you realise the sheer scale of the vessel and the numerous design elements that came together to achieve her.”

The team at Michael Peters Yacht Design had previously worked with the owner on a smaller yacht and welcomed the opportunity to work together again. “Our prior collaboration involved a pre-existing platform, onto which we squeezed every conceivable feature to accommodate the family’s fishing and diving adventures,” says Chris Critchett of Michael Peters Yacht Design. “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 motoryacht in a sleek sportfisherman’s profile. The substantial scale also allowed for commercial-grade power and systems along with the latest in gyro stabilisation to ensure comfort and performance for many years to come.”

Yachting Developments applied their composite expertise to the build, creating a light and powerful yacht. “One of the unique concepts from a construction perspective was that all the cabin spaces were built in floating sound engineered boxes and lowered into the boat prior to the deck being fitted,” says Cook. “This meant that different elements of the project could be worked on concurrently, allowing the different disciplines in the yard to move the project forward at the same time.”

The owners worked with Yachting Developments' interior division and Naylor Booth Associates to create a ‘Kiwi contemporary’ feel with nautical touches, using a palette of blues, creams and stained walnut, and large windows fill the space with light. Contemporary art and black and white fishing-focused photography ­– much of it by noted photographer Zane Grey – is hung throughout the vessel, in saloons and guest cabins. The owners were heavily involved in the look and feel of the interior, and have achieved a beautifully stylish, yet relaxed, feel.

Accommodation is for 10 guests, with the large full beam Master, a VIP, a double and twin with two Pullmans. Guest spaces include the large main saloon, which features lounge seating (with storage for fishing equipment underneath), a full dining table, entertainment system, bar and access to the modern galley.

A second interior space is the skylounge, designed for relaxing and socialising. Features include a fully equipped bar and bar seating, a desk for guests and relaxed seating. A pop up privacy screen can divide the skylounge from the bridge, or open up the two spaces for views across the water. The bridge is very significant for a yacht of this size, and is also a popular social space for guests who like to gather here when the yacht is underway. Purposeful integration, a full sized chart table to port and communications centre to starboard are just some of the many advanced features. The electronics package has been designed around fishing and the displays can be easily switched between functions. An expansive gear set up includes a 360º sonar, which has a range of 1000m on a periscope that drops out of the hull. The owners’ passion for fishing is evident throughout Lanakai and nowhere more so than the cockpit. Packed with every conceivable accessory for a fishing expedition, this space has been entirely tailored to fishing. Features include a Pompanette fighting chair and electronic display that mirrors the captain’s view in the bridge.

The cockpit has smooth edges and finishes to ensure easy movement around the space without catching lines, which is very important when fighting big fish. The design also incorporates big scupper drains and flaps, not usually seen this on a yacht this size. Cockpit equipment includes three large live bait tanks, large tuna tubes, a 1000lt fridge/freezer which can be filled with flake ice for an instant saltwater slurry for storing the fish fresh and a barbeque for enjoying freshly cooked catches. A large ‘games room’ is accessed off the cockpit and provides plenty of storage for fishing and diving equipment as well as direct access to the engine room.

Other outdoor spaces include the main aft deck with al fresco dining area and reversible seats for watching all the cockpit action. Up a level the sundeck has sun loungers and a control station, while up again the upper flybridge has an advanced helm station and a seating area. Notably the flybridge features the same display as the main bridge. The big open foredeck includes extensive storage for toys and tenders. The yacht carries two tenders – a 6.5m Smuggler and 4.8m Smuggler – two kayaks and other gear. Tenders are stored on the foredeck with a Nautical Structures crane for easy deployment. Powered by twin MTU 4000 series engines, at 3,150hp each, Lanakai also features 120hp and 90hp Trac thrusters, twin VEEM gyrostabilisers, two Kohler 80kw generators and four custom Humphree interceptor trim tabs. Performance is a huge feature of the yacht. “The later decision to install a VEEM Gyro was crucial, it really makes the boat, offering exceptional stability in often challenging conditions,” says Captain Danny Bos. “The boat is so light, long and narrow that good stabilisation was essential.”

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