EDAM _ A modern, aluminum sailing yacht by Hoek Design Naval Architects is being built in the Netherlands for a European owner keen on long-distance cruising.
The slick 23.4m (77ft.) yacht will be able to handle collisions with floating objects, says the designer best known for classic sailing craft. A ketch rig was chosen for versatility, ease of sail handling and good downwind sailing characteristics with extra sails like A-symmetric spinnakers, Code 0 and mizzen staysails.
The sail surface will total 288 m2 (3,100 sq. ft.). Hoek Design produced a deckhouse design that incorporates a prominent galley, a rare feature in existing yachts.
The yacht’s hull is being built by Alucraft BV. Aluboot BV will finish the yacht that features a rare layout. The main deckhouse holds a dining and lounging area, plus a galley, and is directly connected to the large aft cpockpit. Down below, are 4 double cabins, including one up front for the owner.
Hoek Design is responsible for the exterior and interior styling and all naval architecture work. Although a performance yacht, great emphasis has been placed on the aesthetics of the vessel.
A keel center-board construction was chosen to reduce draft and boost performance. The draft will be only 2.5m. (8.2 ft.) with the board up and 4.5m. (14.8 ft.) with the board down. The modern interior is of brushed white oak on the walls and dark oak floorboards.