The 18-month refit of J-Class icon ‘Endeavour’ nears completion...

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The 18-month refit of J-Class icon ‘Endeavour’ nears completion...

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Yachting Developments plans to relaunch her in October.


The extensive refit of the iconic Endeavour is nearing completion at Yachting Developments’ yard at the Hobsonville Airbase, just outside Auckland, New Zealand. The iconic 1934-built and since rebuilt several times classic J-Class arrived in April ’10 for what will end up being a major 18-month refit.
The long job list included new weather decks, the moving of steel deck framing to accommodate the new load paths associated with the new deck, new main engine, new generators, new Southern Spars carbonfibre mast, sails, deck hardware and sailing handling equipment, as well as onboard system upgrades and a repaint. Plus the crew accommodation before the mast has been reconfigured by John Munford and Adam Lay.
As a historic vessel, absolute care has been taken to preserve as much of the vessel as practical while taking advantage of 21st century sailing systems, enhanced safety and improved functionality.
Dykstra & Partners designed the new sail plan, deck layout and structural engineering.
The project management for the owner was handled by Jon Barrett Associates.

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