Glimpse of last super yacht

 Fitzroy Yachts last vessel, Escapade.
Fitzroy Yachts last vessel, Escapade.

Fitzroy Yachts' final build Escapade made its way out of the shed and down to Port Taranaki at about 5am.

The 37.5metre aluminium yacht, which was built for Swiss business man Christophe Albin, was moved to port by truck.

Onlookers included some of the 120 Fitzroy Yachts staff who had been made redundant during the final build.

Some wore red t-shirts with the screen-printed slogan "the last escapade cost me my job."

The boat was still inside the shed around 3pm yesterday, surrounded by scaffolding.

According to one former Fitzroy Yachts employee, Escapade was christened inside the shed.

Staff no longer working on the boat were not allowed on-site to watch the christening, but a number of former employees watched from the road.

Both Swiss and New Zealand flags flew from the Fitzroy Yachts flag pole on Saturday.

Escapade will fly under Vanuatu's flag.

Taranaki Daily News