It all started with steel hull boats being built at the present yard location on the banks of the Tamaki River in Auckland, New Zealand. Chris McMullen and Eric Wing set the standards and enthusiasm that remain today.
Wai-Aniwa, the first welded aluminium yacht in New Zealand, went on to win the 1972 One Ton Cup in Sydney, Australia. McMullen & Wing continued to build a number of successful racing yachts in this era.
Ceramco, for the late Sir Peter Blake
New Zealand’s first ocean racing maxi yacht, Ceramco, was built by McMullen & Wing for Peter Blake’s Whitbred Round the World Race attempt. The campaign gained world-wide respect after Blake and his crew sailed 2,500 miles under jury rig. Ceramco was one of many boat building projects undertaken by McMullen & Wing for Sir Peter Blake, including the modification of round the world sailing catamaran Enza and culminating in the victorious America’s Cup champion racers of 1995.
New Zealand’s first attempt at the America’s Cup saw the world’s first fibre-glass 12m yachts constructed at McMullen & Wing. New Zealand went all the way to the Louis Vuitton Finals; an outstanding debut.
America’s Cup Winner – Black Magic NZL32
Triumph in San Diego. NZL 32 sweeps to a comprehensive victory in the America’s Cup. Both yachts, NZL 32 and the unbeaten NZL 38 were built at McMullen & Wing.
Built in the USA in 1902, the 52m three-masted schooner Shenandoah has long been loved as one of the yachting world’s greatest treasures. Arriving in Auckland New Zealand in 1994 in a poor state of repair, Shenandoah underwent a full restoration at McMullen & Wing, with sensitive design from the boards of Terence Disdale and Martin Francis. Shenandoah won the award for best refit at the 1998 International Superyacht Society Awards.
24m Day Money (now Big Easy) – advanced composite sportfisher
The first of four sportfish yachts built by McMullen and Wing for Garlington Landeweer – each a custom yacht with clear lineage, and every one regarded as one of the most beautiful sportfish yachts ever built. Day Money was honoured as a finalist in the International Superyacht Society awards in 2000.
24m Dreamin’ On (now Snowgoose)
Another fabulous sportfisher by Garlington Landeweer and McMullen & Wing, this time sporting the enclosed flybridge. Dreamin’ On was a finalist in the International Superyacht Society awards in 2001.
35m Surprise – steel/aluminium expedition motor yacht
35m expedition motor yacht Surprise was built by McMullen & Wing to a design by Ward Setzer for Pacific cruising. Becoming a well known charter yacht in the Pacific Islands, Surprise has recently been sold by Fraser Yachts to a European owner. Surprise won the International Superyacht Society award for best motor yacht in her length category.
22m Wine ‘n’ Roses – advanced composite sportfish yacht
Another spectacular Garlington Landeweer sportfisher by McMullen & Wing.
40m Mea Culpa – advanced composite yacht fisherman
Mea Culpa was launched in 2003 by McMullen & Wing. Executed to the highest standards in advanced composite materials to a design by Jack Sarin and Associates, Mea Culpa was designed to indulge her owner’s love of fishing. Travelling the globe, Mea Culpa has fulfilled her owner’s dream of enjoying the abundence of the world’s greatest recreational fishing grounds with an active catch-and-release fishing programme.
35m Ipanema (now Nephele) was built in Alustar aluminium by McMullen & Wing to a design by German Frers. Combining a luxurious interior with breathtaking sailing performance, Ipanema won the Millennium Cup in superyacht regatta in Auckland only days after launching.
24m Kelsey Lee – advanced composite sportfisher
Kelsey Lee was the last of four spectacular sportfishing yachts built to the design of Michael Peters Yacht Design for renowned sportfish brand Garlington Landeweer. Kelsey Lee was honoured as a finalist in the 2005 International Superyacht Society Awards.
25m Jariya – aluminium / advanced composite motoryacht
25m 40+ knot water jet powered motor yacht Jariya (now called Elielle) as built by McMullen & Wing to a design by Michael Peters Yacht Design and interior design by J.C. Espinosa. Jariya won the International Superyacht Society Award for best motoryacht in her length range.
37m Ermis 2 – ultra high speed luxury motor yacht
37m ultra high speed carbon fibre luxury motor yacht built by McMullen & Wing remains one of the top ten fastest motoryachts ever built in the world, with a top speed of nearly 60 knots. Naval architecture and interior design was by Humphreys Yacht Design. Ermis was honoured by the International Superyacht Society as the best motor yacht in her length category. Her design and innovation also saw her top the world at the Showboats International Awards and World Yachts Trophy presentations.
45m Big Fish – steel/aluminium luxury expedition motor yacht
45m luxury expedition motor yacht Big Fish was launched to international acclaim. Built by McMullen & Wing, Big Fish rapidly became one of the best known yachts in her class and one of the world’s most successful luxury charter yachts. Big Fish has received numerous prestigious awards, including the International Superyacht Society award for best motor yacht in her length catgory, Showboats International Design Award for naval architecture, World Yachts Trophy for Innovation, Asian Boating Award for Innovation and a judges special commendation for best yacht at the World Superyacht Awards.
Big Fish was designed by Gregory C Marshall Naval Architects (Canada).
Mea Culpa celebrates 100,000 miles
Mea Culpa has this month celebrated the completion of her first 100,000 nautical miles. This milestone was celebrated in her birthplace Auckland New Zealand, at which Captain Mike Hein hosted McMullen and Wing staff with a dockside party.
On behalf of the Owner, the captain and crew honoured the outstanding craftsmanship of McMullen and Wing’s staff, thanking those involved in her construction for their commitment and attention to detail. Captain Mike Hein said in his address to McMullen and Wing staff, “You should all be hugely proud of this boat. After all these miles, we have never had any movement in the structure. We have never had a single structural failure – not even a minor crack, anywhere. The interior still looks beautiful and the engineering has been outstanding. Over the years we have maintained and upgraded various areas and everyone working on the boat has complimented us on how well built this boat is.”
“You all did an outstanding job building an incredible boat. The Owner has had a lot of wonderful times on this boat, catching fish and relaxing with friends and family. Mea Culpa has done everything she was designed to do and proves she’s a world traveller. We are embarking on the next journey across the Pacific with stops in French Polynesia and Hawaii on route to Alaska this summer for some salmon and halibut fishing. I am sure she will continue to perform the same for the next 100,000 mile world adventure.”
Mea Culpa is now available for sale through Curtis Stokes & Associates and available for charter through Camper & Nicholsons.