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Aquanaut Yachting’s aft cabin Andante 438

July 6, 2015 by robert in Broad Reach, NL Excel, Power with 0 Comments

SNEEK _ A year ago, Aquanaut Yachting raised eyebrows with the launch of its open cockpit, bronze-colored Andante 438 (left). With its flat-bottomed stern, knife-sharp bow and unique features _ faster with less fuel, vertical front windows, a contemporary interior _ the passage-maker was a cross between an open cockpit, a trawler and a top cockpit motor yacht.

The yacht won a European Powerboat of the Year nomination. Commented the German watersports magazine Skipper: “Aquanaut Yachting Holland has brought to the market a yacht that is innovatively styled and has exemplary sailing stability. And true to tradition for the experienced yard is the rock-solid quality of their steel displacement yacht.”

Now comes an aft-cabin version (below) that sees its world premiere at the Sept. 1-6 Amsterdam in-Water Boat Show. The open cockpit is replaced at the price of a 2nd steering position, but creates a roomy aft deck. Also, the stern-mounted swimming plateau offers room to catch some rays but no wind.

Inside, the Andante 438AC has 3 cabins and the option to add a 4th. There are also 2 seating areas on the craft’s port side, one of which can be used for dining, right next to the galley. The Andante 438 OC made its debut on a bronze colored hull. The first Andante 438 AC comes in a striking metallic blue.

For the Andante series, Aquanaut Yachting joined an EU-funded initiative of 20 odd Dutch yacht builders, suppliers and other industry actors committed to innovation and new technologies. It led the yard, among other things, to switch to more modular construction and installing CAD-generated interior panels of high-pressure laminates. “The use of new technologies has lowered the threshold to applying new working methods. We can now offer more design variations, for instance” says Aquanaut Yachting’s Mark Bakker.

www.aquanaut.nl  / www.dutchyachtbuilding.com


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