Holland Jachtbouw recently launched a 42-metre, semi-displacement motoryacht for repeat clients. Designed and built to Lloyds and MCA, this project reaffirms the shipyard’s ability to create bespoke powerboats of the highest calibre. The yacht’s official name will be shortly unveiled at the Christening ceremony.
Commissioned by the owners of the 32-metre flybridge cruiser Cassiopeia, completed by HJB in 2004, this all-aluminium ‘gentlemen’s yacht’ has a cruising speed of 15.5 knots. Combining all the client’s cruising experiences with the very latest thinking in motor yacht construction, she meets a raft of specific demands in terms of customisation and quality, including a highly specified and fully integrated bridge.
The exterior design and naval architecture is by Langan Design Associates, with an elegant modern-classic interior from the boards of Rhoades Young. Showcasing high-end weathered limed oak, the interior contrasts classical architecture with a range of carefully chosen modern furniture. One of the most dramatic features is a pair of offset reverse spiral staircases, which provide a dynamic connection to the three decks. Vistas up through the sweeping undersides of the steps make this a striking centrepiece to the yacht.
The main deck consists of a very relaxed and comfortable lounge and dining area, with a hidden sliding shoji screen to split the two spaces when more intimate dining is required. The forward owners’ stateroom includes a private library, full beam lounge area and separate bathrooms with dressing rooms. This splendid area is flooded with natural light and has a strong visual connection with the outside world.
Teak is the predominant word on the bridge deck, with the sky lounge making the most of the full beam. Once the large sliding doors are opened to the aft deck, the entire deck and saloon blend into a united ‘inside-out’ zone that is ideal for informal relaxation at anchor.