MAKKUM – Aluminum manufacture specialist KM Yachtbuilders has begun building a Bestevaer 72, a custom project for all seasons. The yard says it developed the yacht Symbiose for a family whose young members are keen to take it to Greenland, Iceland and _ hey, why not? _ down the Northwest Passage. Its older members want to sail it to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

KM Yachtbuilders specializes in building custom aluminum sailing yachts and aluminum hulls for sailing and motor yachts of up to 30m. It also makes aluminum structures for on and offshore equipment and aluminum parts for Royal Huisman and Feadship yachts.

For safety reasons, Symbiose will have a deep cockpit. Its roomy pilot house provides ample shelter. In addition to water-tight bulkheads there are 2 water-tight doorways. The bow will be reinforced to withstand collisions with floating objects, including ice. The deck has solar panels (2.500W), but Symbiose will also have diesel and water generators. Its characteristically unpainted hull will give the yacht a rugged look and a hydraulic keel a draft of 2.30 to 4.30m.

Down below are 3 cabins, a crew station, 2 wet cells, a large salon and galley.
KM Yachtbuilders builds at least half a dozen yachts in collaboration with Dykstra Naval Architects, including Bestevaers varying in length from 48 to 100 feet. Gerard Dijkstra has extensive experience as a sailor and naval architect. The Amsterdam studio he founded is known for projects such as ‘Athena’, ‘Maltese Falcon’ and several J-Class yachts.