Younique Yachts builds a Hoek Design ‘bystander’

MAKKUM – Every day in this northern Dutch town by the sea, Younique Yachts breaks a sweat building classic boats. ‘Legends Reborn,’ it calls them.

These days it is completing an elegant, 10m (32.8ft.) motor yacht off the boards of the Hoek Design studio, an industry leader in drawing yachts that look retro above the waterline and have a modern, planing configuration below it.

While this is common in sailing yachts, it’s less so in the powerboat world.

Hoek Design motor yacht (PH: Younique Yachts)

The 10m yacht has an aluminum hull from the Bloemsma shipyard. Younique Yachts finished it and gave it a teak superstructure, a teak cockpit, a teak deck and a teak interior.

Peter Melchers of Younique Yacht: “The boat was designed on the basis of the so-called ‘Bystander,’ a dinghy-and-tugboat that, in the Jazz Age, pulled a J-class sailing yacht out onto the sea and back into port.”

It is a classically lined vessel with lots of wooden details and powered by a D3 Volvo 220HP.

It has a spacious cockpit with room for technical installations, large seats and a bench on the engine box. Although only 10m long, the yacht is equipped with all the luxuries: an electric cooker, hot water, toilet, cooling, etc.

The superstructure has opening windows in the front. In the forepeak is a spacious bed and, on the port side, a sink and hob. To starboard is a storage room and toilet and, under the bed, a drawer unit.

Technical data: Length: 10,00m (32.8ft.), Beam: 2,95m (9.7ft.). Water displacement: 4,5 ton. Berths: 2. Engine: D3 Volvo 220HP. Water tank: 350L (92.5 gallons), Dirty water: 80L ( 21.13 gallons), CE-category: C.