IJMUIDEN – Saffier Yachts – the Dutch builder of high-end, performance sailboats – has unveiled a 33ft (10m) model that will be one of the fastest daysailer on waters anywhere.
The Se 33 Life combines elements that make the Saffiers the brothers Dennis and Dean Hennevanger make such an exceptional brand. In only twenty or so years, they have developed and marketed high-performance sailboats, in Elegance and Classic versions, of up to 37ft.
They know the art of sailboat manufacture like the back of their hand. In their salad days – they are now in their fifties _ they spent eight years sailing, with their parents, on a 56ft (17m.) ketch their carpenter-father built in Australia. After Hennevanger Sr. had taken his family back to Holland, he worked at a shipbuilder’s, and his sons attended a maritime college.
The six models that have emerged from the Saffier yard to date can be sailed singlehandedly. Their cockpits can accommodate up to ten people, and all are fast and safe.
From behind twin cockpit steering wheels, the Saffier Se 33 Life helmsman handles all sheets, halyards and trimlines.
These run underdeck, out of sight, to the rear of the cockpit, making single-handed sailing a snap.
The Saffier Se 33 Life’s smooth outline runs aft from the tip of the elegant carbon bowsprit, past a subtle windscreen spray and twin helm positions with stylish backrests to a roomy aft section with sunbeds. There is a large, integrated hull window on both sides of the hull.
The Saffier Se 33 Life boasts the latest high-tech construction using vacuum-infused iso fiberglass with 15 mm hardcore foam. There is a fiberglass reinforced keel section: five laminated ribs that transfer keel load forces.
The deck, too, is made according to the sandwich principle with 15 mm hardcore foam. An anti-slip structure is laminated into the deck and cockpit floor.
There is an anchor well with a foldable anchor system. The self-tacking jib rail is incorporated into the deck. The coach roof holds a flush hatch taking light and ventilation down below.
The bowsprit is used for a Code Zero or Gennaker. The mainsail furls and unfurls from the boom. The interior holds a toilet space, a galley with running water, a stove, and a fridge. At starboard, there is a coffee bar with an espresso machine. An adjustable dining table has been mounted to the mast pole.
The V-berth up front is 2.2m deep and 1.65m high, which is shoulder height. In the saloon are two lounge seats or beds with backrests. The Saffier Se 33 Life can be delivered with diesel or electric engines.
The Saffier Se 33 Life is delivered standard in white.