WORKUM – Dutch yacht building newbie Sichterman Yachts has delivered its first 18m (58ft) motor yacht and is starting on a 15m (49ft) sibling that has already been sold and will be delivered next April. (Photo: 18m sichterman ‘Iveni’)
The company plans to build a fleet of very fast, very chic aluminum motor yachts from 15 to 26m (49-85ft).
In doing so, it joins a fast-growing field of Dutch builders of luxury motor yachts that are stand-alone dayboats or superyacht limousine tenders, or both. Its rivals include the Wajer, Zeelander, Waterdream and Vanquish brands.
The Cor D. Rover-designed, 18m Sichterman ‘Inveni’ has a Hull Vane and Fast Displacement Hull Form – 2 fuel-saving innovations from Van Oossanen Naval Architects. “It accomplishes a fuel saving of 20%,” says Sichterman owner Bart Rehe. Seakeeper technology tames the boat’s roll motion.
Built at Workumer Yacht Service, a yard with 35 years of building sailing and motor yachts under its belt, the 18m Sichterman has 2, 550HP Cummins engines, a 23-knot top speed and sleeps 4. Its owner likes how his Sichterman behaves in the water. “It really cruises through the waves,” he says. “Almost as if you’re on a train.”
Sichterman’s 2nd yacht, the 15m ‘Libertas’ now in build, equals the 18m model in looks and luxury but manages a top speed of 40 knots and a cruising speed of 30 knots.
It has a hull, specifically designed for high speeds, that “can and will be implemented on larger Sichterman yachts in the future,” says Rehe.
During construction, special consideration was given to integrating the Volvo Penta IPS system so as to optimize speed and ease-of-handling. The Libertas also sets itself apart from other Sichtermans by its range. At an average speed, it can go 500 nm on one tank.