Meet the Judges: Ian Cook7/2/2018

Ian Cook

Builder, Yachting Developments LTD

Ian Cook is the Founder and Managing Director of Yachting Developments LTD, in New Zealand. Working the designing and building business since he was 16 years old, he became self -employed at the age of 20.  Yachting Developments is a family affair—his wife and adult children are all involved. The company specializes in composite construction. While they are known for performance cruising sailing yachts and racing sailboats, they also have built a number of motoryachts and multihulls. Currently they have the world’s largest carbon sportfisher under construction. Yachting Develpments has also lent its composite expertise to a number of commercial and architectural projects.


What do you consider your most significant accomplishment or project of your career?

In 1998 we launched 3 significantly different custom—60-, 61-, and 65-foot cruising yachts after only 14 months of construction in three consecutive days!


What is your biggest challenge at work?

Finding staff that is motivated to learn and create the products we build.


If you could choose one location for your next travel adventure, where would you go and why?

The Pacific Islands— when you are there every day you can cruise to a different location.


What is your favorite part of your job? Why?

A moist laminating day as that is when everyone works together as a team for a controlled outcome.


Who has influenced you the most? Why?

Des Townsend, Bill Langan, German Frers— all have/had a great understanding of classic yacht design.


What is the most effective daily habit you possess? 

Reviewing the previous days work and ensuring the team is motivated to improve their output each day.


Where do you find inspiration?

Seeing finished results


What advice do you have for the next generation?

Focus hard, listen, and learn.


What do you see are upcoming trends in the industry?

I am not really sure but looking at the smaller boat market, people has so little time to spare so they are looking for products that are more maintenance friendly.


How do you manage life balance?



Where are you the happiest?

Out sailing on my boat with my family

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