K&M Yachtbuilders has announced a new contract for the construction of an 88 ft classic sloop, designed by German Frers Jr of the well known Argentinean Naval Architecture & Engineering firm with the same name.
The name – Tulip – is fitting for a yacht with a Dutch owner. Together with German Frers the owner has designed a yacht with a classic hull form above the waterline, but with modern features under the waterline, such as a flat underwater hull and a raising keel. The ship will be light and fast enough to take part in regattas.
It will offer accommodation for six guests and two crew members. The lifting keel (draught 5.10-3.20m) provides for a large sailing area and more options for entering smaller harbours.
The spacious cockpit and the deck will be teak lined. A notable feature of the cockpit is the three rotating benches at the helm, which can be turned inwards so that the bottom/back again forms part of the deck. The back rests of the fixed cockpit benches are fitted with a glass screen that can be raised to provide extra shelter against the wind and spray.
The wheelhouse will be the central accommodation area on board. The dinner table, card table, TV corner and library are all situated there, as is a built-in refrigerator. The slightly curved windows provide a clear all round view. The ceiling is also glazed, centred over the entire length.
The privacy of the owner and guests is guaranteed by en-suite facilities in each spacious cabin. Also, the galley, the engine room and the crew area are separate from the guests' and owner's cabin. Sinot Yacht Design in Eemnes will be providing a stylish and luxurious interior design. Natural colours such as brown, beige, cream and grey will alternate with the intense dark orange recurring in the detailing. The owner is planning to go sailing in the Mediterranean from the spring of 2012.