TER AAR _ Build boats long enough and soon you’ll “have a list of things you want to include in a design someday,” says Hans van Veen, owner of Vedette Yachts. “And when that wish list gets long enough, “you’ll know you are good for a whole new design.”
That’s how his company got to build a 4th line of Vedette yachts. Its inaugural 10.3m (33ft.) Vedette Trust is a radical departure from the yard’s well-rounded Cabin, Saloon and Comfort Line series that stretch from 8.3 to 12.3m.
The Trust line is very angular. The vertical line of the bow is repeated in the superstructure windows. With a 110HP Volvo diesel, the Vedette 33 gets to a top speed of 17 kms (just over 9 knots). The V-hull _ which becomes a multi-chine construction midship and ends in a flat aft section _ has much lifting power and stability.
Veen says the Vedette Trust 33 meets 3 key criteria: It is fast, but no planer. He calls it a “high-performance displacement yacht.” It also has a very modern look and great ergonomics. Veen says much attention has gone into the latter: the Vedette 33 Trust has comfortable seats, a single floor, doors built into the cockpit for easy access and very intuitive steering.
The Vedette model line will feature a cabin, but the 33 Trust has a closed wheelhouse annex saloon that provides 360-degree views. The roof comes with an electric Webasto hatch built flush into the wheelhouse. The mast can be lowered electrically from the wheelhouse and also sinks flush into the roof.
Drawn by Reinder Posthuma, Vedette Jachtbouw’s customary designer, the Vedette 33 Trust will have its premier at the 2018 HISWA in-Water show (Sept. 5-9) along with the yard’s Vedette Hollander Trend 35 cabrio.