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Built in a yard overlooking the South Pacific, specifically to explore the oceans surrounding her island home the 24.7m motor yacht Isla is New Zealand’s newest superyacht launch, and the epitome of built for purpose.

First impressions are of an elegant, strong superstructure – sturdy enough to withstand the vagaries of Pacific cruising and New Zealand’s varied cruising grounds – and that first impression holds true on deeper inspection. With the steel of a Swedish naval landing craft woven into her DNA, Isla has a powerful, substantial hull, heavy enough to deliver safety and stability.

Her semi-planing design means steady, strong performance underway. A bespoke build, custom-built by New Zealand craftsmen, Isla is ready for ocean passages, with an easy burst of muscle that sees her power up to a top speed of 17.6 knots and cruise comfortably at 13 knots.
Designed to be ocean-going and sea worthy to move between the cruising grounds of her region  – from the shallow atolls of the Pacific, to the rugged fjords of New Zealand’s south – she’s tough and stylish with exceptional sea-kindliness. Featuring plenty of space for comfortable family living onboard,

Isla is equipped with an island-cruising draft; coupled with outstanding steadiness underway courtesy of her steel hull, for no-limits adventures.
Plenty of expert thought has gone into the systems, with backups of secondary systems to ensure ocean passages are safe. These systems have been designed to keep the owner and family secure and comfortable, with design and installation overseen by two superyacht captains drawing on their world cruising experience to create an ultra-reliable yacht.
That shallow draft of 1.55m encourages exploration; tempting her owner to edge a little further into the next bay, or investigate hidden atolls at closer range. Once there, a big, generous swim platform at the stern will become a favorite spot for watersports, lounging, or taking off in the tender for further adventures.

A large lazarette has been created as a multi-functional space for the owner to make their own, with room for dive equipment, toys, or an ensuite and plenty of space to convert into a live-aboard captain’s cabin.

Her pilothouse will become a much-loved spot onboard. Equipped with high-tech systems, it’s also fitted with a double settee to allow guests to gather and observe the helm chair and control console, with a solid wood chart table for passage planning and charting the next adventure.

Her range will take her to the Pacific and she’s been designed to be handled by an owner-operator. Though the size of a superyacht, Isla is a yacht to jump onboard and set out as the feeling strikes.

A gantry crane will load a tender to the bow and her technical equipment and engine room have been specified to a commercial standard, with technical systems to support cruising in a multitude of conditions, and weeks in the islands.

Built at Harbourside Boat Works in Whangarei, supported by the superyacht expertise of Auckland-based JP Marine’s project management for construction and fit out, Isla was finished to a high standard, by a team which also included Marine and Industrial Electrics and Marine and Industrial Rebuilds.

“This is a vessel with toughness and high-quality workmanship built into her DNA,” says JP Marine director, Jonathan Edgar.

“It’s great to see vessels continue to emerge from New Zealand, built specifically for the adventurous waters of the South Pacific with the draft and sea-kindliness for serious cruising in mind.”

Fully-custom, Isla displays a clean, luxurious beauty in simplicity. This is no production boat, and there’s a lack of ostentatious extras for the sake of extras. Move through the interior and it becomes clear that this is a one-off; each fitting, finishing, and aspect of the layout has been chosen with care to encourage a relaxed, barefoot luxury that doesn’t leave room for stress. It’s the Kiwi way of life condensed into a luxury vessel, and it works.

An eye for detail is apparent throughout the interior with subtle layers of natural texture introducing a calming, relaxed luxury approach. The interiors, by JP Marine interior, bring a contemporary feel throughout, with neutral finishings which provide a calming, airy feel and invite guests to enjoy the vistas passing by.

That precision simplicity shows up again in her operation. Designed with care for ease-of-operation, she’s responsive, making Isla easy for a couple to operate alone without the need for crew onboard – step aboard on a sunny Friday evening and take off on for the weekend – little planning, few worries.

The vessel is equipped with four cabins including a full beam owners’ suite, and an open salon on the main deck, with a family-style galley to encourage relaxed hospitality and socialising after long days taking in southern hemisphere adventures.
A full beam master’s suite has been created to be comfortable for long voyages with plenty of storage and a generous ensuite, while a separate owner’s office doubles as a spare single cabin.

Twin VIP ensuite cabins to port and starboard provide further accommodation for four more guests, and the lazarette can be turned into a fifth ensuite cabin at the stern to house crew or additional guests. When more guests appear, the lower salon table will convert into a comfortable double bed, sleeping an additional two people.

Dometic air-conditioning and a Sonos sound system throughout add to the sense of easy comfort on board and the airy upper salon is complemented by a warm, inviting second lounge in the lower salon, which will become a favourite space for family movie nights, spreading out board games or curling up with a book.
Isla is brand new and an open book, ready to be personalised and styled according to the new owner’s preferred way of spending time on the water.

A large sun deck boasts plenty of space to gather, while plotting the next day of exploration, and there’s more sunny spots to be enjoyed with aft deck dining, and space for sunpads on the bow. All of which makes for great entertaining – there’s different zones to allow the family to spread out – allowing unique spaces for kids to play as loudly as they like without impinging on the quiet adult sundowner time.
She has been built to Australian survey (NSCV 1D) and MNZ restricted limits. This allows the new owner to easily transition Isla into a successful charter yacht, giving the ability to offset the vessel’s running costs. Having been launched under full time management, Isla comes with an owner’s manual and has been through a full warranty list, so is completely fine-tuned for a seamless transition to her first owner.

“We’re pleased to announce M/Y Isla is now available on the brokerage market ready to take a new owner on the exploration of a lifetime,” says Edgar.

“She is one of the few brand new vessels available immediately on the New Zealand brokerage market, and ready for an owner to put their mark on her. There are only a small number of vessels available like this – adventurous, elegant, and capable – and we’re looking forward to seeing Isla take her new owner on the adventure of a lifetime.”


  • Name: MV ISLA
  • LOA: 24.765m
  • LWL: 21.6m
  • Beam: 5.55m
  • Draft: 1.55m
  • Displ (light): 58.9 tonnes
  • Displ: (Heavy): 66.7 tonnes
  • Fuel: 7000L
  • Water: 1650L
  • Transmissions: ZF IRM 350AL
  • Propellers: Briski 4 Blade Nibral
  • MFDs: Raymarine
  • Generators: Cummins ONSM
  • Invertors: Victron 4kW
  • Watermaker: Aqua Whisper
  • Bow thruster: Lewmar
  • Fuel Efficiency: 70L per hour at 10 knots
  • Hull material: Steel
  • Superstructure: GRP with balsa core
  • Engines: 2 x Detroit diesel Series 60
  • Winch: Quick Roy
  • Hatches: Lewmar
  • Davit: Oceanlift
  • Air Con: Dometic
  • Cruise speed: 10 knot
  • Top speed: 17.6 knots
  • Range: 1000NM at 10 knots/ 1400NM at 8 knots
  • Fuel Efficiency: 70L per hour at 10 knots
  • Certification: Australian survey (NSCV 1D) and Maritime New Zealand restricted limits

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