HELLEVOETSLUIS _ Vaan Yachts, a Dutch start-up, has begun marketing the world’s “most sustainable luxury sailing yacht,” a 12.8m (42ft) catamaran made almost entirely of circular materials, including recycled aluminum.
The Vaan R4 tackles an acute yachting sector problem: the manufacture of polyester boats too difficult or too expensive to recycle when no longer used. In Europe alone, 78,000 boats are scrapped and burned annually causing large CO2 emissions. Less than 3% are dismantled.
The R4 _ the work of designer Bart van der Wijk _ is built with recycled aluminum from Hydro, the Norwegian aluminum and renewable energy giant. It can be recycled. A key construction material is the Hydro 75R alloy, that contains at least 75% recycled aluminum from window frames, license plates, traffic signs, whatever. Other sustainable materials include ‘teak-look’ FSC-certified decking cork. And for the upholstery, a combination of recycled fabrics and bio fabrics made from pineapple leaves.
Vaan Yachts is taking pre-orders for the R4. It says in the “coming two years we will build only a limited number.” The €2,500 pre-order fee secures an early building slot. Whenyou get a delivery date, you can choose to use your reserved building slot, or not. If you do, the €2,500 goes off the purchase price. Alternatively, you get your money back, says Vaan Yachts founder Igor Kluin, a designer with impressive ‘green’ credentials.
His ‘advisory board’ members are Dykstra Naval Architects CEO Thys Nikkels of Black Pearl fame and other unique super sailing yachts. He advises Vaan on how to move from concept to sailing yacht. The other member is Serge Kats, a highly successful sailor, now responsible for Olympic sailing at the Royal Dutch Yachting Association, who advises Vaan on branding to sailors.
On the R4, inside and outside are one level, separated by glass. The saloon features a full-size indoor dining table and galley. The cockpit holds a second full-size dining table. The owner’s hull has a full-size double bed, a walk-in closet area, separate toilet and bathroom. The guest hull has a twin bed, its own toilet and several front cabin options.
The Vaan R4 lacks a fixed cockpit roof. Instead, there is a bimini that can be installed and removed in a matter of minutes to make sailing possible in the Med and colder regions.
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