Hakes relocates to China

New union with Hudson Yacht and Marine results in new high performance Vrolijk 42

Wednesday June 27th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: China

After their New Zealand operation in Wellington went into liquidation at the end of March, so the newly launched Hakes Marine China has been established in co-operation with Hudson Yacht and Marine, forming a high performance division of the latter company.

Hakes Marine has now relocated in Xiamen, China; headed by Paul Hakes and a number of key management personnel to look after the new division and implement comprehensive training and quality procedures. The new division allows Hakes Marine China to take full advantage of the US $50m investment and 200 trained staff already operating in this four year old facility. The facility boosts an impressive 35,000sqm of building halls and all modern technology driven boatbuilding equipment including an 18m long full height 5 axis CNC router.

In starting to realise this potential Hakes Marine China has announced the new HH range. Symbolic of this new union the HH range stands for Hudson Hakes. First will be the HH 42, a fully optimised high performance racing yacht. Designed by Judel Vrolijk Yacht Design, the HH 42 is made to be the fastest in its size around the race track, yet be competitively raced to win on IRC as well as HPR. It will have limited offshore capability to ensure it’s always a leading feature at such classics as the Rolex Fastnet Race,Sydney to Hobart and China Sea Race.

It will have full option packages to suit different racing styles for the world’s different regions, including but not limited to lifting keel, retracting propeller, wheel steering, carbon rigging, and deck gear packs with a variety of winch options.

Soon to follow this thoroughbred of the yacht racing world will be the HH 47.

Moving to China with Hakes Marine are SL Performance Race Boats; bringing the Morrelli Melvin designed Grand Prix SL 33 racing catamaran, also used by Emirates Team New Zealand as a training and development boat. This relocation now allows these boats to be sold at more competitive rates.

See our interview with Paul Hakes from 2006 here

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