How we got started

Yachties of NZ started out when Kano and Hamish were fortunate enough to have each others yachts pull in next to each other in Marina Zea in Athens at the tail end of 2016. After a few epic crew bonding nights between the two vessels they’d developed the close relationship that got them here today.

They established fairly quickly that similar values were shared and had a similar vision for the Kiwi yachting community, and so it was decided a year later to embark on the Yachties of the World project. After three years of bouncing around ideas, designing, planning, implementing, website development and partnership development, they were stoked to be able to launch the Yachties of NZ platform as you see it today. Creating an efficient formula that guides people into the industry, helps crew throughout their careers and also completing their careers by providing a wide range of personal, professional, financial and employment advice and services.

This is us

Hamish Taylor

Hamish has been in the Superyacht industry for over six years now; starting out on a 35m Benetti in the South of France doing his junior deckie apprenticeship, then moving on to a dual season 55m Amels, followed by a world travelling 95m custom build and onto a 85m world travelling Feadship where he has been for four years now.

He has travelled all over the show and anyone that knows Hamish knows that he enjoys a spot of fishing here and there. His favourite places he has cruised are Tahiti and Alaska, and the best experiences he has had have been fishing for big game fish across the tropical areas of the world, getting up very close with bubble feeding humpback whales in Alaska, salmon and halibut fishing in Alaska and transiting the Panama Canal.

In his spare time Hamish likes to play a bit of golf and squash, never misses an F1 race, and works on Yachties of NZ along with a few other business ventures. He loves to help out the Kiwi yacht crew community wherever he can which motivated him to embark on this project in the first place back in 2018 with Kano.

Hamish has also recently completed his Chief Mate 3000 GT officers qualification and intends on hanging around in the industry for awhile longer yet, so hopefully he’ll catch you for a G and T somewhere along the way!

Kane Taylor

Kane had been in the industry for around five years, he initially made his way over to Antibes and was able to secure a position on board the 50m SY Better Place one of the only carbon fibre superyachts in the world built by Wally. After working with a great crew and captain he decided to go bigger and better. He secured a new position on board MY Talisman C which was a larger vessel of around 70m, this was where his superyacht career really started.

Talisman C was a private vessel but travelled literally everywhere you can imagine with its owners. One of Kane’s favourite places when travelling on board Talisman C was to the Galapagos Islands, so remote and so untouched to the modern world. Next up Kane set his sights on a charter yacht, 50m MY Meamina.

Meamina was an extremely busy charter boat, it had countless celebrities on board and went to some of the most extravagant destinations, Meamina was equipped with a slide, jet skis, tenders and every watersport toy you can imagine. After moving his way up through the ranks from position to position Kane saw fit to return to the motherland, New Zealand.

After moving back to Auckland and starting in a new industry of Real Estate, Kane found that the skills he gained from superyachting to be invaluable and he continues to grow as an up and coming star in the Real Estate industry. Through endless brainstorming and working together with Hamish over the past couple of years, YONZ was born and they wish to help people gain entry and to educate current yachties within the industry.


Hamish Taylor – Yachties of NZ

ACREW Superyacht Awards Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2021.

Kane Taylor – Taylor Made Real Estate

Awarded the Alan White Elite Performer 2020-2021. Top 11% of the Ray White Group.

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