The Dutch shipyard, Vitters, announced this morning that they have signed a new order for a 50-metre classic performance ketch.
The 50-metre ketch features naval architecture from Dutch design veterans, Hoek Design and interior styling by the UK-based Rhoades Young Design. Commissioned by an experienced owner primarily for cruising, the custom 50-metre sailing yacht will be built to Lloyd’s special service craft rules.
Construction on the vessel will start by the end of October, with delivery scheduled for late 2019. The yacht will have an aluminum hull, built in Alustar, with a centreboard keel and a carbon rig with in-boom furling.
The 50-metre vessel has a twin deckhouse configuration, including an owner’s deckhouse aft and a central deckhouse complete with saloon. On deck are three cockpits: one for the owner aft, a crew cockpit forward of the mast and the main cockpit amidships. In addition, a large tender will be stored on a recessed tender-well on the foredeck.
The interior of the 50-metre ketch will be both contemporary and traditional. On board, the owner’s suite dovetails with the private deckhouse and cockpit. For guests, there will be two cabins, one double and one twin, with the option to convert a seating area into a third guest room. Her other interior facilities also include a gym and a second saloon. A crew is also accommodated in four crew cabins, along with a mess and a separate lounge area.
The US-based, MCM, represented by Nigel Ingram, is serving as the owner’s representative.
“This new project is a fine example of why Vitters continues to attract knowledgeable sailors looking for the best possible sailing yacht,” commented the yard’s project manager. He continued, “The owner was seeking the finest Dutch quality and admired our previous work. The fact that Vitters has the experience and flexibility to deliver this beautiful yacht in time for the 2019 season was a further benefit and we look forward to exceeding the owner’s high expectations.”