AIRPLAY trimarans came to see the light of day thanks to a few people and a few turns in circumstances.
The design was originally going to surface as the new Corsair 30 for the new millennium or, should have been! A corporate decision saw the plans leave the factory in search of another manufacturer.
After a little research, the Airplay plans arrive on the desk of Paul Hakes at Hudson Yachts and Marine in Xiamen, China. Hakes Marine is a well known name in the custom race boats in New Zealand.
Enter Hudson, the man responsible for undertaking the building of a production line for Gunboat 60's. "Yes, I'll build it".
Shortly after the GB production commenced, Hudson bought out the well known Kiwi yard of Hakes Marine. The Hakes arrives in China with his team transplanted to put their Carbon skills to the test in the GB.
The next multihull they would touch is the Airplay Raw 30. The black beast took shape under Paul's watchful gaze as Will Otton went about getting it all sorted out for production.
The plan was simple. mold the RAW 30, get that out and sailing then add the Sport and Sport + models to the range. Naturally RAW was envisioned to be a race machine with a big workspace, a functional Zen interior space, big on numbers and huge on BLING!
The RAW 30 program would pave the way for the Sport Series but whereas the RAW is supposed to lift her main hull the Sports are not, so as to keep Sport sailors cosseted in their comfort zone as RAW roared around.
Within Airplay there are rigging specialists, Carbon guru's, sail specialist and a whole lot of sailing experience. The team was responsible for putting the TP52 'Audi' into the race world and Paul had input into Steve Fossets 'Playstation' the maxi-catamaran.
Basically, everyone in the yard is a sailing enthusiast and now we're looking for like minded people that want to experience the rush behind AIRPLAY.