Vitters’ first J-Class Sloop under construction: J-S1, Svea

Developed in cooperation with Claasen Shipyards and Hoek Design, Vitters Shipyard has today announced that the first J-Class vessel to be built at their facilities is currently under construction. Measuring 43.60 metres in length, the J-Class project is named Svea, and is constructed in aluminium with an integrated traditional long keel.

Hoek Design redesigned the lines plan, strength and construction plans using the original drawings by Thore Holm from 1937 as the basis. Today’s design is based on an aluminium hull and a 53.75 metre carbon fibre main mast. Upon completion, she will be one of the largest yacht construction projects with a design which begun more than 75 years ago.

The owner intends to use Svea to compete in the renowned J-Class regattas, and as a result, requested a change in the original deck arrangement of the vessel in order to accommodate the modern equipment required. The deck construction in the original design allowed options to be kept open for various interior and deck layouts.

Her interior will be designed by Pieter Beeldsnijder Designers & Naval Architects, and will reportedly utilise a traditional form of styling as to fall into line with the overall character of the historic design of the vessel.

In terms of her construction progress, Vitters will start with the fit out and systems shortly, all the while keeping a close eye on the J-Class rules and managing the very delicate weight balance.

By Gemma Fottles

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