Yacht gala salutes Dutch yachtbuilding
AMSTERDAM _ More than a dozen Dutch builders, naval architects and/or designers made it to the finals of the 2015 World Superyacht Awards held May 9 in a renovated, 19th-century industrial complex just off Amsterdam’s canal-laced heart.
The 10th anniversary gala honored the best superyachts of the past year in 18 categories. A big 2015 winner: Heesen Yachts. Its 51.1m MySky (pictured) and the 46.7m Elena. Both motor yachts took top honors in their categories.
Crucially, both sport the patented “Fast Displacement Hull Form” Van Oossanen Naval Architects crafted in response to a desire for a hull form that is efficient over a yacht’s entire speed range. The FDHF is applicable to all vessels, out-performs conventional displacement and semi-displacement hulls at all speeds and generates improved sea-keeping and maneuverability.
Van Oossanen markets its FDHF through Heesen Yachts and other yards on boats ranging in length from 20 to 75 meters.
Another Dutch winner: Wisp, a 47.6m, sloop-rigged sailing yacht by Royal Huisman, a premier maker of traditional sailing craft. Wisp is the work of Hoek Design Naval Architects. Her rig was built by Royal Huisman subsidiary Rondal in carbon composite. The rig was designed for balance and simple handling while cruising and for using overlapping genoas in racing.