Hakvoort’s trailblazing Just J’s

27 jun 2016

The largest Hakvoort to date is a true flagship. Greater than the sum of her substantial parts, the 61-metre Just J’s marries a distinctive overall style and concept with exceptional attention to detail, capping it all off with an extraordinary technical foundation. Take a tour of this truly pioneering superyacht in the company of those who created her.  

Three of Holland’s leading exponents of superyacht design and construction are behind Just J’s. Built by the expert craftsmen and engineers at Hakvoort Shipyards, she features an exterior and interior design that originated on the drawing boards of Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, while her naval architecture was provided by Diana Yacht Design. Produced for highly knowledgeable and committed owners, Just J’s also showcases the latest in sophisticated technology.  

At 61 metres, Just J’s is the largest Hakvoort launched so far. This was made possible by the yard’s 2012 expansion of its main production shed in Monnickendam to 65 metres. Being in a select club of vessels in her size range to feature five decks, Just J’s has a huge volume and a stunning layout over five decks.  

A streamlined allure
“There are several striking elements in Just J’s overall profile,” explains Sander J. Sinot of Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, who directed the project and worked on it together with designer Paul Costerus. “Despite the large windows in the main deck forward section, the yacht has an elongated look. Just J’s is 61 metres long, but looks longer on the water because of her partially closed foredeck and the balance between the superstructure and the hull. This is  enhanced by the style of the mast and the sundeck, with the comparably large observation area on the sundeck.  

Hakvoort project manager Marc van Ditshuizen agrees: “Just J’s looks and feels as a marvellously integrated whole. Lots of quality deck furniture combines with wonderful teak decks into a lovely composition. And while she has a huge amount of volume, Just J’s remains streamlined and elegant on the outside – one would hardly guess she is 61 metres long.”  

Coherence and style
“The unifying style of this tale of five decks is contemporary modern overall,” Costerus of Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design says. The owners wanted to create a yacht atmosphere combined with the informal feel one finds in beach houses. Connecting the outside with the interior of every lounge and every stateroom is important. We created spectacular lines of vision in every direction, with large windows providing grand views to the outside. This was a major part of the brief, and it worked out particularly well on this project.”  

All of the decks have a coherent theme inside and out, with lounges and exteriors in sync with each other in terms of both colour references and degree of comfort. On each deck, the colour tones are a cohesive whole, even when materials and fabrics differ in degree of sophistication – the master stateroom has 100% raw silk in the panelling, for example, while the hallways are clad in much more durable linen.  

While the feel of each space is distinctive, they are all clearly themed by deck. “We did not need every single space on the yacht to be completely unique,” Costerus continues. “They are all recognisable as belonging to Just J’s and the materials and the architectural detailing are consistent throughout.”  

Captain Eric Edscorn agrees: “From an interior stand point, Just J’s has an incredible amount of volume for a boat of her size; you would be hard pressed to find another 61-metre yacht with the same amount of space. The overall feel of her core is on par with the finest boats in the world. She is truly outstanding.”  

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