Bestevaer 53. PH: Paul Bellaert

MAKKUM – KM Yachtbuilders, the Dutch maker of aluminum, polar-capable sailing yachts drawn by Dykstra Naval Architects, has built its first motor yacht.

The yard says the 53ft. (16m) aluminum craft is ready for delivery in September and reflects its strategy of “adapting to the ever-changing market” conditions.

Bestevaer53 aft deck

For 20 years, KM Yachtbuilders turned out go-anywhere sailing yachts of 40 to 100 ft. (12 to 30.5m). The yard markets its motor-powered 53ft Bestevaer as “the perfect vessel for (former) sailors and motorboat enthusiasts who dream of minimal maintenance and maximum  comfort while exploring new territories or traveling familiar waters.”

The formal launch is set for Sept. 10 in Amsterdam and Sept. 26 at KM Yachtbuilders’ home base in the northern Dutch town of Makkum.

Bestevaer53 with tender crane

The Bestevaer brand has been highly successful. Like its sail-powered siblings, the Bestevaer 53 has a straight bow, round portholes, a pilothouse and an untreated aluminum hull (that the yard will paint for you, if you insist.) Its underwater hull was designed by Studio Delta.

KM Yachtbuilders has long been associated with naval architect Gerard Dijkstra, an ardent Bestevaer owner and explorer. Dykstra Naval Architects stands for 50 years of experience in design and redesign of shipbuilding architecture and maritime engineering of both classic and contemporary performance yachts.

Bestevaer53 hidden fenders

The motor-powered Bestevaer has a large aft deck with a hydraulic swimming platform, wide gangways, 2 sliding doors to the cockpit and a lounge with a large seating area with TV and a fully equipped galley. The bridge section has 2 bedrooms with dedicated bathroom facilities.

Depending on the propulsion option, the Bestevaer 53 has a cruising speed of 8 to 14 knots and a maximum speed of 14 to 26 knots.   /