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KM Yachtbuilders at Hiswa with three yachts

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KM Yachtbuilders at Hiswa with three yachts
KM Yachtbuilders at Hiswa with three yachts

KM Yachtbuilders will be taking part in the upcoming Hiswa te Water in Lelystad with three yachts. The Bestevaer 45 'Mate', the Bestevaer 49 'Katharos' and the Bestevaer 56 'Tranquilo' will be receiving visitors at stand B-36.

All three yachts are recognisable as Bestevaers built according to the design of Dykstra Naval Architects, and they all have their own particular look. That famous Bestevaer look is found in the straight bow - the high flare prow - and in the pilot house. But the slim hull shape and relatively narrow stern with a deep, safe cockpit are other distinguishing features of all Bestevaers.

The Bestevaer 45 'Mate' is the latest yacht in the PURE series, and was delivered at the beginning of this year. Despite the fact that the PURE is a series-built yacht, this owner has been able to realise many of his wishes. The ultimate goal is to use this ship to sail the Northwest Passage. It is especially clear on deck that the yacht is safely and robustly built. All tracks are welded rather than screwed and the bollards are welded to the side. The vertical sliding hatch is also made of aluminium and has a porthole. To keep the ship as maintenance-free as possible, no paint was used. The pilot house is designed in such a way that the crew on watch stays warm and dry in rough conditions while the autopilot does its job. The wood burner in the salon adds atmosphere to the already snug interior. The 'Mate' has two double cabins and a cabin with a single berth and extra storage space. 

"When you step from the 'Mate' to the 'Katharos', you enter a different world," says Jildou Huisman, marketing manager at KMY.  "This Bestevaer 49 is a bit bigger and has a modern styled interior. The cabinets have no handles and are finished in white high-gloss paint, and the wooden floor has a mint green tint. That's very different from the Mate, but that's what's so great about building custom yachts. Each owner has his or her own wishes and ideas. No two yachts are exactly the same!" The 'Katharos' has a painted deck and a robust black carbon mast, and the radar pole aft is also made of carbon fibre. But here too we see that deep cockpit where you are sheltered from spray and wind. "The deep cockpit gives you a safe feeling, especially on rough weather trips," says Jildou. 

The Bestevaer 56 'Tranquilo' is actually a 'boat with a story'. The owner sails mainly solo and has twice sailed the Northwest Passage solo (in 2012 and 2017).  And some people will recognise her from the picture where the ship is frozen in ice and snow in northern Canada. Since 2007 she has logged more than 150,000 miles and has been in both polar circles. Although the painted hull and flush teak deck give the yacht a classic appearance, the 'Tranquilo' also has a sleek and modern interior. Curious about the story of this yacht? Her owner will be present at the Hiswa and will be happy to tell you all about it.

It's also worth mentioning that both the Katharos and the Tranquilo are for sale, which makes the Hiswa an ideal opportunity for those interested to have a look around on board! Everyone is welcome, there's no need to make an appointment beforehand.