The acclaimed Dutch design studio, Hoek Design, is delighted to announce that its first ever Pilot Classic 85 sailing yacht Windhunter II has been delivered. Constructed by the Dutch builder Aluboot for a Turkish client, Windhunter II superyacht is a magnificent vessel in her own right as well as another superb example of the increasing trend for performance yachts in this style. Hoek Design’s ‘Pilot Classic’ concept is also presently being brought to fruition in even larger sizes in major custom builds at Royal Huisman.
Aluboot superyacht Windhunter II designed by Hoek
Windhunter II yacht synthesises the finest in Dutch construction and design with impressive input from the owners and their representative Bora Kadikoy. The brief called for an 85-foot sailing yacht with an outstanding performance, flush decks, a plumb bow for a long waterline and the ability for the vessel to be sailed and maintained by a permanent crew of two. The yacht was to be classically styled above the water, with a lifting keel that stays below the interior floorboards in order to reduce draft for marinas. Carbon spars were chosen and the yacht was to be fast in light airs and in upwind conditions.
All this and more has been achieved by Hoek Design, which was responsible for the naval architecture, exterior styling, interior design and workshop drawings. The design was extensively optimised for performance and construction got underway at the Aluboot yard, which is specialised in aluminium sailing yachts and lifting keels.
Windhunter II yacht under sail
Luxury yacht Windhunter II is the sixth yacht from the boards of Hoek Design to be built at Aluboot, which has also gained enormous experience in the need for uncompromising quality by building vessels for the Dutch lifeboat organisation KNRM.
Hoek Design has been exploring classically styled yachts with a plumb bow since the late 1990s. The first yacht in this style was the 36 ft Tintel, launched in 2001. This exceptionally fast yacht started a new tradition of which Windhunter is the latest fine example.
Luxury yacht Windhunter II - Exterior
Windhunter II yacht‘s hull is built in 5083 aluminium with longitudinal framing on transverse web frames in order to have a light and stiff hull construction. A recessed hydraulically operated side boarding ladder has been integrated in the construction and great emphasis given to reduce or eliminate corrosion where stainless steel parts join the aluminium construction for fairleads, deck drains and hatches. The yacht has an aluminium bowsprit and a high modulus carbon mast and V boom by Hall Spars with rod rigging.
Technically Windhunter II superyacht is equipped with robust systems, hydraulic winches, simple electric installations, air-conditioning and all other systems one will expect to find on a superyacht of this length. The lifting keel is a development between Aluboot and Hoek Design which has previously been seen on other Truly Classic designs. It keeps the lifting mechanism below the floorboards, freeing up extra space interior for Windhunter’s social spaces.
Superyacht Windhunter II - Galley
The interior design was arranged by the Hoek office with soft furnishings by Esra Gunray from Istanbul. A classic but contemporary look combines mahogany panelling with off-white painted areas, leather floors in mahogany margins and subtle upholstery. The owner’s stateroom is located aft across the full beam. It includes ‘his & hers’ bathrooms, with a bathtub in the latter being a relatively rare feature onboard a yacht this size.
The stateroom is accessible via a cabin that can either be used as a walk-in closet or a spare guest cabin. The main deckhouse is home to the dining table while the lower saloon features an integrated galley. There are two guest cabins with ensuite bathrooms forward of the saloon with a decent crew cabin for two further forward. The crew cabin with an ensuite bathroom has access during bad weather from inside the bathroom and from on deck in normal conditions. A small crew mess and galley complete the picture on a boat that is meticulously thought through in every respect.
Aluboot yacht Windhunter II - Salon
Hoek Design 85ft Pilot Classic yacht Windhunter II was recently nominated for several International design awards.
Main Characteristics of the Pilot Classic 85 superyacht Windhunter II:
Yacht: 85 ft Pilot Classic
Architect: Hoek Design Naval Architects BV, Edam, The Netherlands
Yard: Aluboot BV Netherlands,
Length hull o.a: 25.70 m
Length hull at DWL: 21.00 m
Beam o.a.: 5.80 m
Draught keel up at DWL: 3.20 m
Draught keel down at DWL: 4.20 m
Total displacement at DWL. ca. 55 ton
Keel and rudder
Keel type: Retractable Fin keel with T- bulb
Rudder type: Balanced spade rudder
Type: Hall Spars masthead Sloop with inner jib and bowsprit
Headsails: High cut Genoa and Inner jib on hydraulic reckmann furlers.
Type: Keel stepped, (carbon fibre )
I measurement: ca. 33.80 m
J measurement: ca. 11.25 m
P measurement: ca. 31.55 m
E measurement: ca. 11.30 m
Total length mast section: ca. 35.9m
Half chain plate width: ca.2.3 m
Water tanks approx.: ca. 1800 litres
Fuel tanks approx.: ca. 3100 litres
Diesel day tank approx.: ca. 150 litres
Black water tanks: 4 x ca. 80 litres
Grey water tanks: 2 x ca. 450 litres
Type: Custom manual system
Brand: Cable steering
Autopilot: Simrad Autopilot (2x)
Main engine: Cummins QSB 5.9
Max. Power (medium duty): 305 hp
Rotations: 2600 rpm
PTO: for bowthruster
Gearbox: ZF 280-1
Propeller: Amartech controllable pitch
Bowthruster: 300VRTTH 30hp Retractable Hydraulic Thruster
A. 24V DC
• Service battery Sonnenschein 12 x 2 V/1200 Ah
• Illumination battery Sonnenschein 2x 12V/200Ah
• Start battery Optima Red top 4 x 12 V/ 58 Ah
1 x Mastervolt 230V AC/single fase 24V- 100 A (service)
1 x Mastervolt 230V AC/single fase 24V- 50 A (radio)
1 x Mastervolt 230V AC/single fase 24V- 50 A (illumination)
1 x Leab 230V Ac/single fase 24V-4 A (start main engine)
2 x Leab 230V Ac/single fase 12V-4 A (generator start)
B. 230 V AC
• Shore power converter
• 5x Mastervolt 3000 W Inverters
• 1 x Kohler 16 Kw
• 1x Kohler 4.5 Kw
Other systems aboard
Winches: Lewmar, SSHST
Mast and boom: Hall Spars
Standing rigging: Rod rigging
Headsail furls: Reckmann
Anchor winch: Lewmar
Deck hardware: Lewmar
Toilet system: Tecma
Cooling units: Danfoss
Pumps: Speck, Feit, Johnson
Deck hatches: Rondal
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