K&M expands Dykstra-designed sailing yachts
MAKKUM ~ K&M Yachtbuilders is fast expanding the fleet of its long-range Bestevaers, the aluminum luxury boats designed by Dykstra Naval Architects. A maker of sailing yachts with a big wow-factor, K&M ended 2013 _ the 10th anniversary year of its first Bestevaer 53ST _ by announcing construction of the 7th Bestevaer 53ST. The yard’s other projects: preparing work on a Bestevaer-56 and a 51, building a 66 and finishing up a 49 and a 73. K&M is also doing refit and maintenance work on a 55 and a 56.
K&M says the German owner of the new Bestevaer-53ST has opted for a deep, safe cockpit, a pilot house and water ballast. At K&M aluminum reigns supreme. The new Bestevaer-53ST gets unpainted hull, a non-slip coat of paint on deck walking surfaces. The only teak will be the cockpit benches, coaming and floor. The vessel will have a carbon mast, furling boom and rod rigging. The modern design saloon will feature American cherry wood, Corian work tops and no-frills paneling. The living area has a well-equipped galley, spacious saloon and day toilet. The guest cabin is below the pilot house. The master cabin is up from, separated from the saloon by a watertight door _ an extra safety measure requested by the owner. Additionally, the bow is made from extra thick aluminum (10 mm instead of 6 mm).
All Bestevaer yachts are designed by Dykstra Naval Architects and highly customizable. For instance the first 2 meters of the bow of ‘Bestevaer-II’ (left), a Bestevaer 53ST, consist of 10 mm plating. The remainder of the hull has a thickness of 7 mm. The deck and superstructure have a thickness of 6 and 5 mm, respectively. This makes the ‘Bestevaer II’ suitable for sailing in light ice conditions. Also, the yacht’s deck hardware – bollards, brackets, hand rails etc. – is custom-built of aluminum.
K&M manufactures sailing yachts _ of up to 90ft and more _ by other top designers, including Vripack Naval Architects, Simonis Voogd Design, Hoek Design and Dick Koopmans Jr. The yard is committed to aluminum hulls because they are lightweight. Aluminum is 3x lighter than steel but its strength vs. weight ratio is equivalent to that of steel. Importantly, aluminum does not rust the way steel does which makes it a durable, low-maintenance hull material.