MAKKUM – KM Yachtbuilders, maker of custom-built, go-anywhere aluminum sailing yachts of up to 100ft., has delivered a 15m-49 (photo) to an Australian couple. The contract originated at the yard’s 2014 Open Door event. At the owners’ request, the yard gave the boat full aluminum deck hatches, a reinforced rudder, helm-steering and a large anchor.

The owners, says the yard, requested much sailing autonomy so their yacht was equipped with large solar panels and ample fuel and water storage. Absent are heavy power users such as boilers, a fridge and heating which means the engine does not need to be run much.

The Bestevaer 49ST Zenith was drawn and designed by Dykstra Naval Architects. The yacht is a derivative of the Bestevaer in which Gerard Dijkstra, the founder of Dykstra Naval Architects, has made many voyages to arctic waters.

The hull and much deck ware are made of unpainted aluminum to reduce the chance of erosion. The pilothouse has been moved forward by about 1m (3.3ft.) to bring more light into the yacht’s bubinga wood interior.

The J-shaped galley features large work spaces and storage areas for long voyages. There is a diesel heater, a technical space below the pilothouse at starboard and guest lodgings at port. The owner’s cabin is up front, next to a bathroom and toilet. The Bestevaer has a 4.4m. (14.4FT.) beam, a draft of 2.1m. (6.9ft.) and a 22.5m. (74ft.) mast clearance.

KM Yachtbuilders custom-builds aluminum sailing yachts and can supply aluminum hulls for sailing and motor yachts up to 30m. The yard builds aluminum parts for superyacht giants Royal Huisman and Feadship, a high-quality market segment.