Profile: Ian & Blanche Cook - Yachting Developments

Yachting Developments - Foundation Partner


Foundation Partners

When we came to them first for support for The Superyacht Gathering, once Blanche and Ian had given us some good strong feedback they gave both their blessing and the seed money needed to get the ball rolling. We are honoured by their commitment and thank them for their belief in the event. We are so proud to have Yachting Developments as our first official partner for The Superyacht Gathering.

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Ian and Blanche Cook

Talk to anyone in the New Zealand marine industry and they will know of Blanche and Ian Cook. Passionate boat builders, self confessed classic yacht nuts, and most importantly good friends, the Cooks involvement in the Kiwi and international yachting scene is longstanding.

It was back when composite boats were still in their infancy that Blanche and Ian Cook decided to start building superyachts, founding Yachting Developments. Fast forward nearly 30 years and their instincts were right, with composite yachts proving more popular than ever and Yachting Developments one of the world's most respected composite specialists and one of the last family-owned superyacht yards. This natural instinct and affinity around yachts, paired with straight up no nonsense talking, is what makes the Cooks so good at what they do. More often than not you'll find Ian down on the yard floor, guiding an apprentice or offering some advice, rather than behind a desk. Today, daughters Bianca and Paige are also involved in the business. 

Although Blanche and Ian are best known as superyacht builders, superyachts are just part of the picture with classic yachts being a true passion for the couple. The Yachting Developments yard is often packed with a number of 'last chancers' taken on by the Cooks and lovingly restored over time - the corner of the yard that these yachts live in is affectionately dubbed 'Jurassic Park.' The classic yacht Ranger is one boat that is particularly special to the family, having been restored by Ian and team and now regularly raced around Auckland. 

Blanche and Ian's commitment to the marine industry goes far beyond just building boats, with Ian appointed the Commodore of the RNZYS in August 2018, and former positions including a ten-year tenure as the President of the Boating Industry Association in NZ. They are true industry supporters and ambassadors.

Thank you Blanche and Ian.


Yachting Developments is an award-winning builder of composite yachts. The owners and staff at Yachting Developments have shared the vision and dreams of more than 70 individual clients, creating vessels of the highest quality standards, designed and custom made to the client’s brief. With launches including 33.83m Cygnus Montanus, 37m S/Y Bliss and 30.5m S/Y Quintessential, and the award-winning refit of the J-Class Endeavour to their name, the yard has forged a strong international reputation for its high quality work and specialist team.  Current projects include the 33m Hull 1017 sportsfisher superyacht.

Operating out of a 10,000sqm yard facility that includes 5,000sqm of fully equipped sheds and water access in Auckland’s Hobsonville, Yachting Developments is able to service yachts of up to 60m. The yard welcomes all inquiries for new build, refit and service work, for both small and large projects, and can also service yachts on location.

Linda Berry