Claasen Shipyards builds 126ft ‘Truly Classic’
ZAANDAM, Netherlands _ Dutch yacht building doesn’t get any more cutting-edge _ or high-paced _ than at Claasen Shipyards. It is working on the longest ever Truly Classic yacht, due for launch in 2015, has 2 more Truly Classics of 90ft under construction and soon starts on a new J-Class. The 126ft (37.4m) Truly Classic was drawn by Hoek Naval Architects, a studio with a rich history of conjuring up drop-dead gorgeous yachts that ooze the elegance of the 1930s combined with the latest hull configurations.
Truly Classic yachts _ the Hoek Design site lists 30 or so such vessels (photo: Heartbeat) _ are a class by themselves. A TC typically has a flush deck, a low deckhouse, sweeping sheer, a moderate freeboard and long bow and stern overhangs. They look old fashioned but offer fingertip-controls, exceptional balance and an optimal use of the interior volume.
Claasen Shipyards Managing Director Joachim Kieft says the 126ft Truly Classic will be longest to date. “The aluminum hull by Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw is now nearing completion,” says Kieft. It renders structural strength but makes for a light boat _ ideal for a racing yacht that must double for private use and charter. The construction of the interior – also by Hoek Design -‐ is in full swing. The yacht will have a classic interior with walls and floors of mahogany set off by white cabin ceilings.
The TCs come in 12 versions, starting at 51ft. They can be built in aluminum or composite. Owners can customize the interior layout and style, sail plan, keel, draft, deck gear, rig, technical systems and performance level. Claasen Shipyards is a also driving force behind the revival of the J-Class yachts of the 1930s America’s Cup battles. In 2010, it launched Lionheart. Several years ago, the J-Class Association allowed the use of aluminum hulls but new boats must be built on existing designs from the 1930s.