Delivered: Hakvoort’s Soprano sets sail

Written by Charl van Rooy

The new 38.25-metre motor yacht Soprano departed the Hakvoort shipyard last week as she prepares to be handed over to her first-time owner. The project involved Ocean Independence and Ocean Management with Diana Yacht Design working as the exterior designers and Felix Buytendijk responsible for the interior of the vessel.

Soprano’s classic look was a key request from her owner who was inspired by previous Hakvoort yachts such as Sagamar V and Spada. The owner was also in serach of a medium-sized custom yacht, something that Hakvoort is renowned for. “Soprano is a real gentleman’s yacht, blending the timeless beauty of our maritime tradition with lots of modern touches,” says director Albert Hakvoort jr. “She provides an excellent performance at sea, is exceptionally quiet and is superbly finished.

As the yacht was built with chartering in mind, the interior layout had to be developed accordingly. As a result, she houses two large guest cabins as well as a full-beam VIP suite on the lower deck, with the grand master stateroom located on the main deck. Like her exterior, Soprano’s interior has a strong classic character with contemporary accents. This is exemplified by the combination of rich stained mahogany panels with wood panels painted in matt white lacquer above the wainscot.

A large swimming platform is fitted in a pocket inside the hull that is up to four metres deep and 2.5 metres high, made possible by the placement of the engine room amidships.

Another unique feature on board is the impressive crew areas which were built according to LY3 regulations. “This is quite unique for a boat of this size,” project manager Marc van Ditshuizen points out. “It makes a big difference for the crew especially, giving them a lot more space and comfort than is normally found even on much larger boats – in fact, the crew area is even more generous than the already princely LY3 specifications. It was the owners who asked for LY3 certification from the outset, as they know that a happy crew means a happy boat



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