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Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders - Summer 2023 newsletter and update on projects

by Robert Daly, Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders 23 Nov 2023 00:08 PST 23 November 2023
Catalyst 45 - one of several America's Cup and Superyacht tenders built in New Zealand by Lloyd Stevenson Boats - Chase Boat - Alinghi Red Bull Racing - LEQ12/AC40 - Day 48 - August 9 , 2023 - Barcelona © Alex Carabi / America's Cup

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Welcome to our Spring/Christmas 2023 Newsletter.

In our last issue, we included some late breaking news that we had signed a new Catalyst build. To add to the excitement, we signed up second new Catalyst build a couple of weeks later. This one is a tender/support boat for a South Pacific based superyacht.

Read on to see how they are both progressing.

We will also cover the Elite 18m Mid Pilothouse Zaphiras launch, update the 16m Elite build and tell you about the significant re-fit in progress with our friend Crusader a 16m Elite we launched in 2005.

In News, Robert and Tracey went to METSTRADE, the world's largest marine equipment, materials and systems trade show read how it went; Amazon is setting up in competition to Elon Musks Starlink; read about the ultra-fuel efficient Sharrow prop now being manufactured for inboard boats by Veem and Yachting World review the best sailing watches for racing and cruising.

This is the last issue of our newsletter for 2023.

So, on behalf of the entire Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders team, happy holidays, have a very merry and peaceful Christmas and an enjoyable New Year.

B63: Zaphira Goes Home.

Zaphira is launched. Click on the image to watch the launch video or Read More to see the photos


B72: 16m Elite Mid Pilothouse - Super Structured

The superstructure is ready to be lifted onto the hull. Click on the image to watch the video. Read on to see all the latest build photos.

B73: Catalyst - New Build - New Design

Our client requested a more refined aesthetic, rather than the work boat style of the Catalyst AC chase boats, so we created the GT. It is a brand-new look, taking the Catalyst design into a whole new market.

B74: But Wait, Theres More - and it is going to foil

We have not just started one new Catalyst, we have started two new Catalysts. Custom in every respect, this 14.3m Catalyst will set a benchmark for high-end luxury. Also due to launch in 2024.

Refit and Maintenance Team: The Big Refit

The refit team has been flat out. Here is a very brief summary of what they have been up to.

If your boat is in need of expert attention, please do not hesitate to contact Royce. 
+64 9 274 7680

Alodium Mini Refit:

We have also had Alodium in the factory for a tidy-up. Alodium was one of the very first Elites we built. Launched in 1997.


New Build Order Book Open

The excitement of launching a boat custom-built just for you is unique. With our multi-talented team and experience building a diverse range of very high-quality custom boats, we are ready to help you live that excitement.

Now Open: Our order book for new builds starting in mid-2024 is now open. Contact Robert for a no-obligation discussion about your project at


 As part of our focus on building the superyacht tender side of our business, we sent Tracey and Robert to METSTRADE, the worlds largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems.

We have just returned, achieving all the goals we had set for ourselves. This consisted of meeting with superyacht builders, designers and naval architects, to continue building the Lloyd Stevenson brand and telling the world about the fantastic superyacht tenders and boats we build.


Additionally, we had a side trip to Hamburg, for a meeting with a superyacht interior project manager who has worked with some of the worlds largest superyacht builders.

The trip was very successful, with all the people we met very positive about what we do and interested in building a boat with us when the right project comes along.

NEWS: Sharrow & VEEM Team-Up to Conquer the Inboard Market

VEEM Marine and Sharrow Marine announced today a collaboration that weds the most innovative new prop design in 190 years, with the undisputed leader in inboard propeller manufacturing and sales.


And Sharrow have just been named as a winner in the Time Magazine Best Inventions of 2023

Click on the link to read more.

NEWS: Elon Gets Some Competition

Amazon takes on Elon Musks Starlink Read more to see the article in fortune magazine 

REVIEWS: Best sailing watches: 16 options for racing and cruising

Fox Morgan, Phil Sampson and Roger Hughes test and review 16 of the best sailing watches available with functions for racing and cruising sailors.

Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders
10 Ra Ora Dr
East Tamaki, Auckland
New Zealand
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