Hakes Marine moves operations to China

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New Zealand racing-yacht builder Hakes Marine relocated to China and established Hakes Marine China in cooperation with Hudson Yacht & Marine Industries Inc.

Hakes moved to Xiamen, where Hudson is based, and will be Hudson’s high-performance division, the companies said. Hakes’ operation in Wellington, New Zealand, went into liquidation in March.

The companies said the new arrangement allows Hakes to take full advantage of a $50 million investment and 200 trained staff in a 4-year-old facility.

In connection with the move, Hakes announced the new HH range, with HH standing for Hudson Hakes. The first boat in the series will be the HH 42, a high-performance racing yacht. Designed by Judel Vrolijk Yacht Design, the HH 42 is made to be the fastest in its size around the racetrack, yet be competitively raced to win on IRC as well as High Performance Rule, the companies said.

It will have limited offshore capability to ensure it’s always a leading feature at such classics as the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the China Sea Race, the companies said.

An HH47 will soon follow, the companies said.

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