KM Yachtbuilders launches 66ft. expedition yacht

KM Yachtbuilders' Qilak-66

MAKKUM – KM Yachtbuilders, a yard that specializes in building go-anywhere sailing yachts, has delivered the 20m. custom-built Qilak 66, to its Belgian owners who will use the boat for high-latitude cruise and expedition charters.

Philippe Carlier of the Qilak charter outfit said KM Yachtbuilders was selected as builder because its director, Eeuwe Kooi, is “a true seaman, accustomed to navigating the seas in northern Europe. His experience brings an invaluable added value to the project.”

The aluminum-hulled Qilak-66 comes off the boards of Owen Clarke Yacht Design. The owner insisted safety and sturdiness were absolutely key requirements. The end result: a yacht with a collision bulkhead in the bow, 5 watertight doors, 10mm hull plates below the waterline (instead of 6mm) a couple of 70-kilo anchors, a lifting keel (giving a draft of 1.70-3.57m.) and twin rudders.

The yacht accommodates 8 guests and 4 crew members. On board is a sauna, 2 electric toilets, 2 shower cabins and _ stored in a garage beneath the saloon _ a dinghy for shuttling guests and crew to and from shore.

The Qilak-66 is powered by a 150HP Steyr. Carlier will use the Qilak-66 for high-latitude chartering from Tromsø, Norway, to Spitsbergen, Iceland and Greenland and plans to also offer charters to South Chile and Argentina.

KM Yachtbuilders crafts both classic and modern sailing yachts. It invites clients to come with any design they have in mind. The yard builds in several materials and collaborates with leading naval architects, such as Dykstra Naval architects, Van de Stadt Design, German Frers, Simonis Voogd Design, Dick Koopmans jr., Vripack Naval Architects, Hoek Design, Satellite Yacht Design and others.