Bloemsma Van Breemen, a yard update. Part one

Work is continuing apace on the construction of two luxurious superyachts at the Dutch yard Bloemsma Van Breemen: A 41-metre (134 ft) sailyacht from the boards of Ed Dubois and a 44-metre (144 ft) motoryacht designed by Pieter Beeldsnijder. Both projects are well underway and expected to be delivered in the spring and autumn of 2009 respectively. Maarten Janssen visited the yard last week, and brings you up to date on Valquest.

Fast cruising sloop to explore the world
Built to both Lloyds Register Classification and the MCA large yacht code, the sensational fast cruising sloop Valquest (BN 140) will have a highly impressive performance and a gorgeous interior. As her European owner intends to make long journeys to the coast of Chile and the South Pole region, the yacht is being fitted out for long range cruising and has a considerable displacement.

Proper fuel tank capacity, an engine room with standing height and comprehensive storage spaces are all taken into account. Excellent access for maintenance of the winches and all technical installations is also factored in as the Bloemsma Van Breemen craftsmen and engineers show why the yard is so renowned for its technical expertise. The most modern systems will be installed throughout.

Valquest is being created in conjunction with Dubois Naval Architects Design, which is using all its extensive experience with performance cruising yachts on the project. The yacht’s all-aluminium construction will ensure a high performance, complete with dual headstays, a roll-away boom with captive winches for all sail handling systems, and hydraulically operated running backstays.

The 750 hp Caterpillar main engine will be supported by a Hundested hydraulic VP propeller, driving twin 75 hp thrusters. The two 67 KW generators are capable of supplying hydraulic power to the yacht’s hydraulic system with dual pumps with clutches.

Valquest will have a low profile deckhouse, a relatively high beam of 8.9 metres and a draught of 4.15 metres. She will have a polar silver metallic hull colour combined with a bianco avus colour superstructure. The bow will feature twin-prow anchors to keep Valquest fixed in all locations. Also on deck will be a large fixed carbon fibre bimini and one of the two tenders. The other tender will be housed in the aft peak, launched by a dedicated hydraulic crane in the deck locker.

A modern interior will see flamed mahogany synthesised with white carpets and white leather sofas. Black leather chairs will be used in the upper lounge for contrast. The master stateroom with walk-in closets is located forward and three guest suites aft (two doubles and one twin). In addition to the eight guests onboard, a spacious layout provides for good accommodation for six crew members in three cabins, including separate dining facilities and a dedicated laundry.

Expect a report on the 44m designed by Beeldsnijder, next week on

Photos by Maarten Janssen



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