76-ft Hoek Design chase boat
Monday, June 4, 2018 1:00 PM
Hoek Design in the Netherlands is leveraging its impressive track record in sailing yachts into an exclusive new proposition in powerboats. André Hoek and his team of specialists have built an outstanding reputation as a pillar of the global nautical industry over 35 years of designing sailing superyachts, including playing a pivotal role in the J-Class revival. This unparalleled experience is now being used to underpin a distinctive, fresh new approach to the motoryacht market.
Following on from the success of its first 50-knot composite powerboat project, the 23-metre Seven, Hoek Design has drawn up several new motoryacht concepts, two of which have been sold and are currently under construction. While very different in terms of form and function, the 56-metre exploration yacht and 23.4-metre chase boat will both offer excellent value retention and performance at sea.
The best of both worlds
Inspired by its highly successful approach to sailing yachts, Hoek Design’s motoryachts feature a retro style above water combined with a hydro dynamically optimised underwater configuration. This is a smart strategy in a powerboat world where all-too-many vessels tend to differ from each other only in layout, decoration, equipment and quality levels.
“Sailing yacht designers are very focused on hull efficiency compared to powerboat designers,” André Hoek says. “Many motoryacht concepts have often made more powerful simply by fitting bigger engines. But now that questions of environmental sustainability loom so much larger, fuel-efficient hulls are becoming of greater importance. Hoek Design has unique experience in this field.”
76-ft Hoek Design chase boat
Class never goes out of style
“Another way in which sailing yacht design has influenced our motoryachts is in terms of overall style,” André Hoek continues. “There has been a major revival in classic styling in sailing yachts, and I expect the motoryacht world to soon follow suit. After all, experience has shown time and again that classically styled boats have a much higher resale value and less depreciation than vessels with a contemporary look. We are convinced that our motoryachts will confirm this tendency.
The transition from sailing to motor craft has not been a problem for Hoek Design in terms of engineering capacity. “We have a lot of very experienced naval architects in the office with great skill in the structural and technical design of motoryachts. The lead naval architect on our largest current powerboat project, for instance, has worked on many motoryachts in the past. We also have first-rate know-how in terms structural engineering, technical installations and interior & exterior styling – a very broad range of skills to have within a single office. The Hoek Design proposition is truly unique, resting as it does on our classic signature look combined with exceptional technical know-how and first-rate research.
60-ft design project motor yacht
The first of the exciting new projects is a 56-metre diesel-electric expedition yacht with the project name Lombok, which is currently under construction at Turquoise Yachts. Hoek Design was responsible for all the naval architecture work, exterior styling and design, structural engineering and interior design. Coming in just shy of the 800 GT mark, this substantial yacht has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure in a timeless aesthetic that is guaranteed to keep its appeal in 10 or 20 years’ time.
56-metre diesel-electric expedition yacht "Lombok"
Her classic styling consists of an elegant pronounced sheer, canoe stern and deep-V icebreaking bow – ice class 1B certification under RINA classification rules will enable her to travel in Arctic and Antarctic waters, with the Northwest Passage expected to be a regular destination. At a cruising speed of 12 knots, Lombok will have a range of 6,500 miles.