ZUIDOOSTBEEMSTER – Frank Bart has been a contractor for 25 years and owns two classic motor yachts. One is a 6m (20ft) Feadship-built craft, launched in 1939. “A few years back, I was thinking how cool it would be to own a bigger boat,” Bart recalls today.

In April 2019, he met up with designer Arnold de Ruyter. “I gave him my wish list, and his first drawing was a hit,” says Bart. The boat he drew is a 23m (75ft) pocket superyacht, packed with advanced technologies, a clean split-level design and twin Volvo Penta 1050 IPS engines that deliver a top speed of 28 knots.

Bart – building the yacht for himself under the company name of St-Barth Yachting – had no plans of building for others.

“It was just an enjoyable thing to do,” he says. But from the outset, Bart ran into people showing interest in his yacht building project, which is why he’ll show it at the 2022 Cannes boat show.  “In April, we’ll sail the boat to the south of France where I’m going to enjoy sailing it,” he says.

Construction of the aluminum hull at KB Alubouw began in August 2020. High-end Dutch yacht suppliers provided the technical, energy and electrical installations, upholstery, glass, decking and a water maker.

Bart opted for sustainable technologies.

“I had heat pumps installed. Residual heat from engines and generators is stored for use by the dishwasher and Jacuzzi,” he says.

“Residual heat also warms up the water for the showers. The Jacuzzi has an automated filter system and is drained fast using a 1,600-liter buffer tank. It means when you go boating, the Jacuzzi is empty in three minutes. If you go out with eight people, you end up with much dirty water that must be dumped out every few days. That you really don’t want. With a Hamann installation, the water is purified I can just throw it overboard.”

The St-Barth has four double cabins, each with a bathroom, toilet and rain shower. “Large ceramic tiles that cover the bathroom walls were cut to size at the factory in Italy,” says Bart. “The electrically operated aft sliding doors were developed in-house.”

The 2.45m high salon has a spacious feel to it.

Because Bart doesn’t want to see an anchor, he said, “We developed an anchor system that rises from the peak bulkhead. The anchor then folds forward and out of the deck. I also don’t want to see the tender out of sight, so it’s stored under the swimming platform.”