EDAM – Hoek Design is a powerhouse in high-end yacht building. Its sprawling portfolio shows a great depth of styles, designs and sizes. The studio gained fame for optimizing old Dutch leeboard yachts and J-classers from 1920s America’s Cup racing.
Founded in 1986, the house that Andre Hoek now has an impressive number of projects underway, in the Netherlands and elsewhere. An overview:
Two copies of the Truly Classic 128 (nr. 3 and 4), are built right now. The TC 128-3 will be finished at SES Yachts in Istanbul, based on an aluminum hull by Bloemsma of the Netherlands. The design is based on the same hull lines as the first 2 TC128’s, but the deck layout is different with one deckhouse and two cockpits.
The TC128-4 being built at Pendennis in Britain and also has a Bloemsma hull. Delivery is in mid-2020. In 2018, Pendennis launched Vijonara, the TC128-2. The yacht won the 2019 World Superyacht Award and the best exterior design prize at the Boat International Design Awards.
The 4th in the Truly Classic 90 series will be launched in 2021. Hoek Design is also working on a new Truly Classic 136. The aluminum yacht is designed for luxury charter, has 6 guest cabins with full bathrooms, a masthead rig, a bowsprit for a furling Code Zero. The hull will be built in the Netherlands.
Vitters Shipyard of the Netherlands is finishing a 50m aluminum ketch that will be launched in 2020 and is destined for racing and cruising. Hoek Design gave the yacht an elegant look with long overhangs.
76ft SAILING YACHT
Iltchi, a 76ft Hoek Design ketch-rigged sailing yacht, is also destined for world travel. It has a centerboard keel for a variable draught, an owner’s cabin and 3 guest cabins. The launch is planned for early 2020. The hull was built by Alucraft of the Netherlands.
For its British client Performance Classic Yachts, Hoek developed a line of Pilot Classic sailing yachts. Based on the successful 66 and 55-foot epoxy composite sailing yachts with carbon reinforcements, a 2nd Pilot Classic 55 is being built by the Turkish shipyard Metur. Next up: an 85ft design from Hoek.
For Leonardo Yachts of the Netherlands, Hoek Design designed a 70ft edition, the largest model in the Eagle line. This not just another daysailer. It is an ocean-capable craft with a choice of keel options.
Claasen Shipyard of the Netherlands delivered ‘Stargazer’ in 2019, a special motorboat from Hoek Design. It is a twin-prop ‘chase boat,’ intended as a superyacht support vessel. In addition to being used as a diving platform, the 76ft craft will also accommodate extra guests or crew. The Stargazer has 3 cabins, 2 925HP Scania DI13 093M diesels. At cruising speed, the range is 900 miles.
A Hoek Design expedition yacht is in build at Istanbul’s Turquoise Yachts. The 56m ship has a CFD-optimized underwater hull, boasts modern equipment and diesel-electric propulsion. Suitable for arctic waters, the yacht will be delivered in 2020. Hoek Design has also drawn a 38m, under-300GT version with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure.
A nice contrast with all the large yachts from Hoek Design is the stylish 10m canal boat, is inspired by the motorboat that pulled the J-Class Endeavour and crew to the racetrack when the J’s didn’t have their own engine. The boat has a double bed, toilet and galley. The wheelhouse window can be folded down. Behind the wheelhouse is a large open cockpit. It has an electric motor as well as a 230HP Yanmar diesel. Good for 25 knots. Alucraft and Younique Yachts of the Netherlands handled the finishing.
DAY SAILERS AND REFIT
Several Dutch yards are building Hoek-designed daysailers in composite: Leonardo Yachts (Eagle), Essence Yachts (Essence) and Doomernik Yachts (Wally Nano). Hoek made a design for a radical refit: project Tradewind, based on the hull of a 1911 fishing boat, will be transformed into a classic-looking motor yacht.