KZ 1

Engineering Plant (eg railway, locomotive, car, plane)


Launched in March 1988, the yacht KZ 1 competed in the 1988 America’s Cup Challenge at San Diego and was the first craft of its size constructed using a fibreglass hull of shell form. It is also one of the largest yachts built using fibreglass shell techniques.

The fibreglass was specially formulated with carbon inclusion for lightweight yet tough construction.

This vessel is currently on display in association with the New Zealand Maritime Museum in Auckland.

Designers: Bruce Farr Associates
Engineers: Rikan Engineering
Advanced engineering services: High Modulus
Contractors: Marten Marine McMullen & Wing

Heritage recognition
IPENZ “Engineering to 1990” project
This item of New Zealand’s engineering heritage was recognised as part of the IPENZ “Engineering to 1990” project which the Institution organised to help celebrate the country’s sesquicentenary in 1990. A plaque was unveiled to mark the significance of this yacht as part of the development of the nation.


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Voyager, New Zealand Maritime Museum, Viaduct Basin, Auckland


Access Info
The yacht is in a static display within Auckland's Viaduct Basin which is a public area which is open all hours. Click here for further contact information.

Nature of Engineering


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KZ1 on display outside of the New Zealand Maritime Museum, May 2015. IPENZ

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Lat: -36.8420995747216 Long: 174.76354479789734