We chose for a format of 28 metres because we wanted a yacht that would be easy to operate, suitable for both families and chartering, and possible to sail with a limited crew and low running costs. We therefore needed a vessel that could be registered as a commercial as well as private yacht. This is why we opted for a yacht with a maximum load line length of 24 metres as per the MGN 280 rules. We purposefully avoided the easier 24-metre CE rules as they are used on many yachts: some stretch as far as 29 metres in length by taking advantage of the flexibility of the rules without actually providing more security or quality to the owners than a small yacht of 15 or even 20 metres.
RPH stands for raised pilot house, which means that the wheelhouse is raised to a higher position on the vessel, giving the captain a better overview and allowing other valuable options regarding layout and usability in the interior.
‘Full beam’ used to indicate that the main saloon occupied the full width of the hull and there were no side decks. In this design the saloon area has side decks, while the master suite forward on the main deck does take up the whole beam of the yacht. This makes for spectacular views of the ocean right out of the bedroom. One of our layouts even comprises a recessed balcony allowing you to step out into the fresh air in privacy. Perhaps even more important is the hugely enhanced feeling of privacy guaranteed by never having to worry about seeing crew members walk in front of the bedroom windows.
Another wonderful feature is the aft deck dining. On most yachts, the dining area is inside, forward of the saloon. In practice this means that this indoor space is hardly ever used on most yachts as everybody goes outside the moment they wake up. We had the idea to redesign the main deck to take this into account. We placed the dining table outdoors, under a sundeck roof so that it would be out of direct sunlight, and we designed drop-down windows to port and starboard while completely concealing the main entrance doors.
This resulted in a flush open deck floor plan of over ten metres in length. No steps or glass doors in-between means that the view is spectacular. If it gets chilly, electrically raise the side windows and close the fully transparent folding glass doors on the aft deck. This allows for dining in a sheltered deckhouse just outside the aft deck lounge – an ideal spot to enjoy your breakfast, dessert, coffee or drinks.
Naturally, we also have a traditional layout available for the main deck, as you can see in the optional layouts. The main deck, lower decks and flybridge can be combined to personal preferences based on the displayed layouts.
The flybridge features a number of layout options, including a 60-inch TV that pops up out of the bar. Our personal favourite is the one with a huge dining table for ten, a fully equipped bar and sunbeds in the aft section. This also includes a steering position that allows you to enjoy sailing your own yacht. The entrance to the pilothouse is closed off with a stainless steel sliding door that features privacy glass. When this door is closed, the crew knows that the sundeck is closed to them for reasons of privacy. The stairway from the sundeck to the lower deck has a sliding hatch for the same reason.
The yacht is designed for a crew of three to eight, depending on purpose and use (two to four are advised for private use). For charter or more luxury, the crew area provides space for four or even five persons. To guarantee complete privacy for the owners and their guests, we designed a crew mess which is entered through the galley and a dedicated crew relaxation area on the foredeck.
There is a toys and tenders garage in the aft ship for everything pertaining to fun on the water. Storing the tender inside allows the sundeck to be kept completely free of obstacles and available for sunbathing at all times. The garage is big enough to store a 445 Diesel Jet Tender as well as a Jet Ski, surfboards, diving gear and so on. The swimming platform has a length of two metres, and when all the toys are in the water it provides ample space for sunbathing and relaxing.
There are many reasons to opt for an all-aluminium yacht, Van Oossanen as naval architects and Frank Laupman/Omega as designers.
We chose a round-bilged, all-aluminium yacht to offer an economical cruising speed of twelve knots and the option of achieving 15-16 knots or even more if required. Using aluminium instead of steel for the hull allowed us fuel savings of 15-20% at low speeds compared to displacement speeds. In addition, Mulder Shipyard has built over 20 all-aluminium motoryachts over the last 15 years, so we certainly know our way around this specific field.
We chose Van Oossanen because of our fruitful co-operations in the past and the company’s patented Fast Displacement Hull Form, which is simply the best.
Finally, we wished to work with Frank Laupman/Omega Architects as designers thanks to their experience in superyacht exterior and interior designs. Omega has designed several prize-winning yachts over the last few years, and we successfully partnered on some of our latest projects.
Ultimately, a successful project relies on the collective experience and professionalism of all the parties involved. I am confident that this new design has the features, look and feel of a superyacht.