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A spectacular feeling
Jan-Berend van der Heide, foreman at Vitters Shipyard, has a passion for sailing yachts that is and has always been reflected in every aspect of his life.
“My grandpa was a boat builder in the village of Heeg, Friesland. I spent my childhood between the oak hulls at his yard. We built my first rowing dinghy when I was seven, and as soon as I was old enough he helped me upgrade it with a mast and a sail. This was the beginning of my love affair with sailing and the construction of sailing boats, which I have fully indulged during my work at Vitters. One of my favourite things is passing on my knowledge to the next generation of craftsmen at the yard.
I learned about the forces endured by normal sailing boats a long time ago, but working with the loads experienced by a superyacht of over 60 metres is a something more exciting altogether. When a sailing yacht comes to life after months or even years of hard work, and everything works flawlessly, that is the most spectacular feeling for me as a builder.
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Vitters Shipyard in the Netherlands has signed a new order for a 50-metre classic performance ketch. Commissioned by an experienced owner primarily for cruising, the yacht will be built to Lloyd's special service craft rules.
Construction will start by the end of October and delivery is scheduled for late 2019. The naval architecture for this exciting custom superyacht is done by Hoek Design and Rhoades Young Design is responsible for the interior styling. MCM, represented by Nigel Ingram, is serving as the owner's representative. The yacht will have an aluminium hull, built in Alustar, with a centreboard keel and a carbon rig with in-boom furling. The naval architecture has been further developed and fine tuned with the experience of previous projects.
The twin deckhouse configuration includes an owner's deckhouse aft and a central deckhouse complete with saloon. Also on deck will be three cockpits - one for the owner aft, the main cockpit amidships and a crew cockpit forward of the mast. A large tender will be stored on a recessed tender-well on the foredeck.
Below decks this 50-metre ketch will have a contemporary traditional interior. The owner's suite will be situated aft to dovetail with the private deckhouse and cockpit. There will be two dedicated guest cabins - one double and one twin - plus the option to convert a seating area into a third guest accommodation. Other interior facilities include a second saloon and a dedicated gym.The yacht has four crew cabins along with a mess and a separate lounge area.
A wide range of custom features have been developed together with the owner. "This new project is a fine example of why Vitters continues to attract knowledgeable sailors looking for the best possible sailing yacht," comments the yard project manager. "The owner was seeking the finest Dutch quality and admired our previous work. The fact that Vitters has the experience and flexibility to deliver this beautiful yacht in time for the 2019 season was a further benefit and we look forward to exceeding the owner's high expectations." For more info about Vitters Shipyard: click here.