Bestevaer 45' Pure in Zeilen Magazine

Dykstra Naval Architects designed and KM Yachtbuilders built Bestevaer 45' Pure on the cover of Dutch magazine Zeilen.

Get your copy and read the great article (in Dutch)!


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Dykstra Naval Architects Yachts at The America's Cup

Dykstra Naval Architects' Thys Nikkels and Jeroen de Vos will be in Bermuda for the America's Cup J Class and Superyacht regatta.

Our yachts racing in Bermuda will be: Action, Adela, JK6 Hanuman, The Maltese Falcon Yacht, Meteor, J5 Ranger, JK3 Shamrock V and JK7 Velsheda. JH2 Rainbow and Athena will be there as spectators

America's Cup J Class Regatta information and results: www.jclassyachts.com/events/americas-cup-j-class-regatta-1

America's Cup Superyacht Regatta information and results: www.boatinternational.com/luxury-yacht-events/americas-cup-superyacht-regatta

Photo of JK6 Hanuman by Ingrid Abery www.ingridabery.com

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56 meter Classic Ketch takes shape

Watch our 56 meter designed Classic Ketch taking shape at Royal Huisman.

"The owner's brief was for a stunning looking yacht for family enjoyment," says Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects. "We created a slender hull with long overhangs for an elegant and classic-looking yacht with favorable sea-keeping characteristics that are ideal for worldwide cruising. The generous sail area combined with her ketch rig and modern underwater body with fin keel and spade rudder will assure light air agility to her otherwise all round performance. We might see her in a Bucket regatta, but with below deck stowage planned for numerous toys such as a Laser, kayaks, windsurfers and bicycles she will be as much at home in a secluded bay as on the race course or the high seas."

Rigged with carbon spars, booms and standing rigging scaled to an air draft that maximizes sail area whilst recognizing the Panamax height limitation, the design details feature oval portholes in the sleek, low profile dark blue hull, a circular skylight around the mizzen mast that promises to flood the owners suite with an abundance of natural light, and for added social amenity, A mid deck lounge area with sun canopy above. Whilst many details are yet to come, the yacht adds further distinction, having acres of uncluttered teak decking, a 6.2m / 20ft jet drive tender, large 3m / 10ft side boarding platform and twin helms socially connected to the large shaded main cockpit that adjoins an even larger glass rimmed deck salon at its forward end.

"The interior will compliment her elegant profile and traditional lines with beautiful raised and fielded white painted paneling trimmed with an elegant but simple profile of fine varnished timber", says designer Mark Whiteley. "The brief called for a relaxed home afloat for the owner's family and friends, and aside from a split-level master cabin featuring a private deckhouse and cockpit, the accommodation includes a large deck salon, three en-suite guest cabins, a media room and even a dedicated fully equipped gym. One cabin will serve as a bunk-room for the owner's extended family with twin beds that can convert to a Queen double with a set of Pullman berths above. The gymnasium too will have an optional Pullman fitted."


Filmed by Sanlo Video, edit by Cinema43 & Royal Huisman.

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Sailing Bestevaer 45 Pure

The Dutch magazine "Waterkampioen" sailed with the Bestevaer 45 Pure for a test sail and a video.

Bestevaer 45ST Pure is more of a production yacht and aspects such as dimensions, deck plan, the hull, layout and styling are fixed. The owner still has influence over the final version, but not as much as for a custom-built yacht. The Pure philosophy is that it must remain a safe, seagoing and comfortable yacht.

The Bestevaer series are built at K&M Yachtbuilders in Makkum. On May 6 they will open their yard for public, for more information visit their website: www.kmy.nl


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Hanuman overall Winner J Class St Barths Bucket 2017

Dykstra Naval Architects designed JK6 Hanuman is the overall winner of the J Class St Barths Bucket 2017.

The outcome could not have been closer.
Victory in the final race of the event, the 21 mile clockwise passage around St Barthelemy, means they finished the five race series with an identical, facsimile set of scores to Velsheda, but win on tie break. Ironically the popular showcase Caribbean regatta finished on the same note is started. On Thursday Velsheda and Hanuman finished Race 1 tied on exactly the same corrected time. Over the next three days both crews won three races – including the shared Race 1 win – and earned a second and a fourth apiece. It is not just the top two which tied. Underlining just how close racing is in this six boat fleet, Lionheart and Ranger finish on the same aggregate as each other.

JK7 Velsheda won the Kings Hundred Guinea Cup from the record fleet of six J Class yachts. It is the second time that Velsheda has won the trophy, (one of) the J Class's most prestigious annual prizes. In 2015 in Falmouth when they last triumphed there were just three boats racing.

Four out of the six J's where Dykstra designed/refitted, JK6 Hanuman, JK7 Velsheda, J5 Ranger and JK3 Shamrock.

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