MAKKUM – The 19m RSC1900 that Bloemsma Aluminumbouw makes in this wind-swept northern Dutch town offers the best of two words.
It is a singled-handed bluewater cruiser with a beautiful low deck saloon and built to super yacht standards. It needs no crew to make its way around the globe. At the same time it is a competitive racer with top-notch systems. Last summer, the first RSC1900 was launched. The engineering of #2 is making good tracks and a 22m version looms over the horizon.
The man behind the RSC1900 is businessman (and avid sailor and mechanical engineer) Kenneth Tjon. “We have developed a modular concept for semi-serial construction,” he tells this newsletter. “That saves time – read: costs – while the quality is high. Compare it to the car industry. Its suppliers prepare all products in-house so they can be quickly assembled.”
Same with the RSC1900, including its interior which is mounted in modules. “This building method requires thorough engineering from the get-go,” says Tjon. “Everything must be worked out down to the smallest detail.” This approach worked well during the construction of the 1st RSC1900. The cutting package was delivered in phases in ready-to-use parts.
Kees van de Stadt of Satellite Yacht Design handled the design and naval architecture of the RSC1900. (RSC stands for ‘Raised Saloon Cruiser’).
“The yacht is made for the Mediterranean Sea and similar sunny waters,” says Van de Stadt. He gave it a spacious cockpit and lots of sun deck. The deck saloon provides ample light inside and the yacht boasts many handy details such as the below-deck main sheet and self-tacking jib”.
Automated systems make it possible for the RSC1900 to be sailed singlehandedly but can accommodate long-stay guests. There is a large owner’s cabin at the stern, two fully equipped guest cabins, plus berths for the crew. Up front is a sail storage-annex-workshop.