Dutch yachtbuilding ‘fine fleur’ backs eco-yacht
ENKHUIZEN _ Its ambitions are not modest _ “to launch and maintain trends and activities that target zero emissions” _ and lead the Clean Wave Foundation to craft a 10-m, zero-emission glue water sailing yacht. Its “sustainable yacht” project tests the boundaries of naval architecture and design and has attracted practical and other help from the cream of Dutch yacht making.
For now simply known as “Sustainable Yacht” _ the craft will be powered by sun, wind and self-generated electricity. The project was launched in 2010 and found early support from Dick Koopmans Yacht Design, Puffin Yachts, Epifanes Yacht Coatings, Rosch Marine and, ultimately, 30 other big-name companies and organizations. They are donating anything from navigational gear to design expertise to transport and painting.
It’s the brainchild of Clean Wave Foundation President Peter Hoefnagels. An ardent sailor since he was 8 has, he is an environmental expert who has advised companies such as Exxon Chemical, Lyondell and Agip. His durable yacht has slowly been taking shape. “That is the downside of having to depend on sponsors,” says Hoefnagels. He expects his yacht to make its maiden voyage the fall of 2014. The yacht (10.10 x 3.96 x 0.65/2.40 m) is being built by volunteers.
It has a striking design with an in-your-face strip of windows covering almost the entire hull length. At close to 4m, the boat’s beam is also hard to miss. It provides an ocean of space inside and prevents excessive heeling. The centerboard lets it sail in waters of less than 3 feet.