Late December 2010 saw the brief emergence of another fine, modern classic from the Royal Huisman yard as the hull of the 37m (122-ft) cutter rigged sloop Bugamena was turned at Vollenhove beneath blue skies beside the frozen canal.
As the Dykstra & Partners-designed yacht rotated slowly in the slings, she revealed her traditionally styled deckhouses already in place. With her low profile, it was both logical and efficient to construct hull and superstructure upside-down together as one securely integrated piece of engineering.
Although very much a classic above the waterline with her sensitive hull sheer, elegant counter stern and varnished, teak-clad deckhouses, Bugamena belongs to an exciting new genre of “Spirit of Tradition” yachts – the wolf in sheep’s clothing. With a modern underwater body shape and a fully ballasted vertically retractable bulb keel complemented by a powerful 48m Rondal carbon mast, Bugamena can be expected to deliver performance that would have seemed inconceivable to her design forebears.
Meanwhile, work on her Rhoades Young-designed interior is well under way in Royal Huisman’s joinery department. The theme draws on period details whilst using modern techniques to smoke-age and to distress oak panels. Walls and bulkheads are color and texture contrasted using light-coloured painted panels set against deep hand rubbed wax finishes to create a sense of nostalgia within a more contemporary Nantucket “beach-house” flavour.
Her onboard systems have been designed and installed with “a less is more” attitude. Focused on delivering an easily handled yacht supported, below deck, by modern amenities in exceptionally comfortable surroundings Bugamena will be launched and handed over to her owner in the Spring 2012.
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