MAKKUM _ KM Yachtbuilders is a specialist in the custom-construction of aluminum, go-anywhere sailing yachts of up to 100 ft. (30.5m.). And that’s precisely what made the company’s entry into 2019 so unique. Appealing to the explorer in all of us _ and to our love of creature comforts _ KM Yachtbuilders announced it will build a motor version of its Bestevaer-53 sailing yacht. You can see a scale model at Boot Duesseldorf (Jan. 19-27 / Hall 7a – DO2).
The yacht looks familiar. As is its wont, KM Yachtbuilders designed it in collaboration with Dykstra Naval Architects. Nowhere is that more evident than in the motor yacht’s bow with portholes, the pilot house, the large aft deck with electric swimming platform, stowage for a dinghy and wide gangways. The craft oozes comfort.
Bestevaers (to find out what ‘Bestevaer’ means, read on!) built to date stretch from 48 to 100 ft (14.6 to 30.5m.) have spoon, clipper or plumb bows and come in 2 series. Backing the unique brand is the expertise of naval architect Gerard Dijkstra _ the round-the-world navigator and Bestevaer-53 ST sailing yacht owner. His name is indelibly linked to the J-Class revival, the Dynarigged Maltese Falcon and the 90m classic luxury schooner Athena.
KM Yacht builders swears by aluminum yachts. “Aluminum is in our DNA. It is the perfect material to explore and make that trip to Norway or another remote area,” says KM Yachtbuilders owner Eeuwe Kooi.
He gladly delivers a painted Bestevaer, but will think the world of you if you leave that aluminum hull untreated. An aluminum-oxide coating will form preventing hull corrosion. Aluminum hulls weigh 30% less than steel ones yielding more speed, more fuel efficiency. And it gives a yacht that true explorer look!
“Safety, comfort and ease of use,” says Kooi, are key aspects of the motorized Bestevaer-53. “We hope to attract people like ex-sailors who are looking for a yacht to go exploring. But at the same time, the motor yacht offers more comfort and space on board than what a sailor might be used to.”
The Bestevaer-53 motor yacht has a large salon with galley, a separate steering position and 2 cabins, each with private wet cells. It has a LOA of 15.97m, a beam of 4.97m and a draft of 1.20m. It comes with 2 cabins and 3 propulsion options. Its cruising speed varies from 8-14 knots, its top speed from 14-26 knots. It has a diesel tank holding 2,000-liters and a 750L. water tank.
The all-aluminum motor yacht is ready for robust boating. It comes with 2 layers of antifouling and solid laminate in structural parts, like the keel area. The 1st layer after the gelcoat is a special barrier coat and the yacht’s structural bulkheads are fully bonded to hull and deck. The composite deck and anchor lockers have a gelcoat finish.
And Bestevaer means what?
It was the nickname of Dutch Admiral Michiel Adriaanszoon De Ruyter who in 1667 attacked the English fleet near Chatham and towed away the HMS Royal Charles, the English flagship. De Ruyter’s crew so loved their captain, they called him ‘Beste Vaeder’ (best father) which was shortened to Bestevaer. The word Vaer also means sailor, seafarer.