Yachting World on Dutch sail boat design
DUSSELDORF, Germany – Each year Europe’s best in boating are rewarded with the “European Yacht of the year” award. The jury consists of senior editors and yacht reviewers at Europe’s top 18 sailing and motor-yacht magazines. The 2014 awards will be announced at the week-long Düsseldorf Boat Show that opens Jan. 18.
Three sailboat designs from the Netherlands are vying for the top prize. In its January edition, Yachting World magazine had this to say about them:
WINNER-9.00 (family cruiser category):
“The 900 lives up to the name of her Dutch yard. She’s a superb small family cruiser designed as a starter boat. The yard have maintained their build quality despite the low starting price of €70,165 ex VAT. Owners can start with a very basic boat and add furniture, deck gear etc. Or they can choose to start straight away with a full cruising interior. This agile, light-footed pocket cruiser is a clever concept.”
CONTEST-42CS (Luxury cruiser category)
“The 42CS retains the seaworthy design and quality on which Contest have built their name with the likes of bonded bulkheads and horizontal stringers in her composite structure. Indeed, the Dutch have brought their semi-custom, big-boat mentality to the 42. Owners have lots of options, from layout and cockpit design choices to finishing details. It’s good to see the manufacturer return to the roots of the luxury cruiser size (40 to 45ft), offering a full package from under €400,000.”
“The Essence-33 deserves to be known for her performance as much as for her classic looks. Designed by Andre Hoek, her elegant lines conceal a sporty but well-mannered underwater shape, including a spade rudder and a fin and bulb keel. Under sail, she’s beautifully balanced and swift in all conditions. Such style comes at a price of around €240,000 ex VAT.”