Construction of the 81M schooner started at Royal Huisman

The construction of the 81m / 266ft contemporary three-masted schooner has started at the Royal Huisman facilities in Vollenhove. This new build project for an Asian client was unveiled by the joint team of Royal Huisman, Dykstra Naval Architects, Mark Whiteley design and Bart Kimman of Northrop & Johnson Asia at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show.

Good performance combined with sea kindliness, stability and comfort. Dykstra Naval Architects have focused all their considerable expertise on the creation of a hull with a distinguishing hard chine and schooner rig that combines good performance with sea kindliness, stability and comfort. The carbon rig – 'clearing Panama Bridge' – will be supported by carbon standing rigging. Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects explains "the plumb bow, very long waterline, sleek hull and large sail area will give the yacht the required high speed and good performance." Towing tests, wind tunnel tests, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) calculations and a Velocity Prediction Program are all undertaken to evaluate the sail balance, keel position and rudder angles when under sail.


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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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