AMSTERDAM _ The projects of Dutch-built and designed yachts are never ho-hum events. Just consider the great variety of just a handful of projects recently completed or begun:
Oceanco _ fresh from winning an innovation award for its 106.7m Black Pearl with an updated Dynarig _ marked its 33rd anniversary year by launching DreAMBoat, its 33rd superyacht. At 2950GT and 90m (295ft.), DreAMBoat’s volume offers luxury digs for 23 guests. The yacht houses 33 crew members and is a first-time design collaboration between Espen Øino International and Terence Disdale Design.
_ Vanquish Yachts, founded only in 2013, opened an office and storage site in Pompano Beach, Florida. The company makes superfast, luxury open dayboats to 58ft and will soon produce 40 to 50 a year.
_ Aquanaut Yachts introduced the 11.15 m. Drifter 1100 OK 3.0. It is a single-chine ship for more inner space and a modern look. The craft has the same features as its predecessors _ the Drifter CS and the Privilege. The main difference: a base price of €225.060 that, says the yard, brings the new Drifter “within reach of a broader audience.”
_ Vripack, the legacy naval architecture and design studio, says no fewer than 28 custom yachts and boats that it worked on are due for delivery in the coming months. Vripack stills a growing hunger for refits: these make up 5 of the studio’s 2019 launches. Vripack handles refits from 60 to 260ft and makes extensive use of a virtual reality technology.
_ Royal Huisman, maker of high-performance sailing superyachts, has started on a 59.7m. (196ft.) performance sloop featuring “exceptional sail power and system technologies. The yard speaks of “the ultimate world performance cruising sloop that will radically push the boundaries of operating systems and integrated rig technologies.” The latter include massive captive winches by Royal Huisman unit Rondal.