Vitters works on 33m, hi-performance yacht
ZWARTSLUIS ~ Vitters Shipyard says it has begun work on Project 3074 – a 33m, sloop-rigged high-performance sailing yacht drawn and styled by Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design. Due for delivery in 2016, it features a lightweight hull of carbon fiber composite made by Green Marine, the Dutch yachtbuilder’s composite subsidiary based in Southampton, England.
It is at least the fourth such light-weight project combining the expertise of Vitters and Green Marine. Vitters’ UK branch was founded in 1982 and has to date also built the 65-ft racers of the last Volvo Ocean Race. Green Marine (founded in 1982) has to date built more than 160 composite boats, including high-profile race designs such as TP-52s, Open 60s, Mini Maxis, multihulls and America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race challengers.
Vitters says the sleek, 33m sailing yacht will be a go-anywhere craft with a lifting keel (for a draft ranging from 3.75 to 5.0 m). “Vitters will dedicate a great deal of attention to noise and vibration control, while keeping a good eye on weight goals,” says the yard.
The Netherlands is home to yachtbuilders whose roots can date back a century. In that sense, Vitters is an exception. Vitters Shipyard was founded in 1990. The yard initially focused on building hulls, but soon started working on developing classic sailing yachts. Its first _ the 28m (92 ft.) Aphrodite _ hit the water in 1993, soon followed Thalia, at 48.5m (160 ft.), one of the largest sailing yachts worldwide.