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New Truly Classic 127 Sailing Yacht ATALANTE leaves her shed at Claasen

May 26, 2015

Classen Shipyards are proud to announce that the beautiful new Truly Classic 127 sailing yacht Atalante has left her construction hall, and the mast and rigging process is currently getting underway. The 38,8-metre superyacht Atalante has been magnificently penned by Hoek Naval Architects. The owner’s representative on this outstanding project is Nigel Ingram from MCM.

Launch of New Truly Classic 127 Sailing Yacht ATALANTE at Claasen

Launch of New Truly Classic 127 Sailing Yacht ATALANTE at Claasen

Built in accordance with MCA LY2 regulations, Atalante yacht represents the largest ever Truly Classic vessel. Designed to provide a highly optimised performance, she will be able to participate in the Superyacht Cup and Spirit of Tradition regattas, while also being enjoyed privately. Furthermore, like all Truly Classics, behind her traditional looks are the very latest technologies as well as innovations.

New Truly Classic 127 Superyacht ATALANTE on the water

New Truly Classic 127 Superyacht ATALANTE on the water

Even before the mast and rig are finished, one of the main visual aspects of the graceful Atalante superyacht is apparent in the form of her deck layout. This comprises both a private owner’s cockpit aft and a guest cockpit as well as deckhouse amidships, which is an immediately notable Hoek Design feature.

The Claasen craftsmen are currently completing the works on the beautiful, classic interior of Atalante yacht, with raised and fielded panelling, white painted panels above wainscot level, as well as a range of other classic details.

See more charter yachts by Claasen Shipyards here.

Hoek Design Truly Classic 126′ Yacht TC126 to feature boarding system by GMT Composites

February 05, 2015

GMT Composites is delighted to announce that they are currently building the boarding system for the majestic sailing yacht TC126 to include a custom designed SeaStairs and a vertical carbon swim ladder. Superbly penned by Hoek Design, superyacht TC126 is a beautiful Truly Classic 126′ sloop, currently under construction at Claasen Shipyards.


Rendering of Hoek Design Truly Classic 126' Yacht TC126

The classic lines of the aluminum hull are exceptional, as it is the workmanship going into every aspect of the TC126 yacht project.

Custom Designed Boarding

Custom Designed Boarding

The hull has an innovative side platform that folds out. The GMT SeaStairs will ride on the platform and have a top landing platform that attaches directly to the deck using a new cantilevered design. This will eliminate the need for a hull stand-off brace under the top platform. The SeaStairs will also split apart in two  pieces in order to fit inside the lazarette storage.

Side Boarding Platform

Side Boarding Platform

It is a good example of a GMT strong point that applies to all aspects of their business – the company looks to work closely with designers, owners, and builders to create custom designs that fulfill the technical requirements and match the aesthetic of each project.

Classen Shipyards celebrating 30th Anniversary

January 09, 2015

The Claasen team has kicked off the year 2015 in a festive mood as they celebrate thirty years of service to the yachting community. The prestigious luxury yacht builder was established in 1985, when the company first made its name in the Dutch market for flat-bottomed yachts. By the mid-1990s, they had begun constructing yachts which mix up traditional looks with ultra-modern underwater configurations, and 19 Truly Classics have been launched so far.

Claasen Shipyards - Zaandam, The Netherlands

Claasen Shipyards - Zaandam, The Netherlands

More recently Claasen has been part of the J-class revival. They launched the magnificent superyacht Lionheart in 2010 and are currently building ‘SVEA’, based on the 1937 design by Tore Holm. As they launch into their fourth decade, the goal is to expand Claasen’s presence in 30 to 40-metre classic and performance sailing yachts. The yard will also become even closer to owners and crews by taking part in and sponsoring events like the Superyacht Cup.

Sailing yacht Lionheart

Sailing yacht Lionheart

Meanwhile, the forthcoming launch of a Truly Classic 126 yacht will showcase an increasing focus on new technologies and innovations. At the same time Claasen will continue to maintain their reputation as down-to-earth yacht builders who are very close to their clients. This spirit of cooperation has been the yard’s driving force over past thirty years and will continue to be crucial in the future.

Truly Classic 126ft superyacht - Interior

Truly Classic 126ft superyacht - Interior

Claasen Shipyards begins construction of 77ft Pilot Classic yacht

September 24, 2014

Based in Zaandam, the Netherlands, Claasen Shipyards has recently begun construction of the all-new 77-foot Pilot Classic yacht, based on drawings by Hoek Design. The yard has already constructed various Truly Classic yachts over the years, comprising the popular Truly Classic 90 superyacht. The 77ft Claasen sailing yacht presently in development is the third yacht of this specific model. As classic sailyachts are becoming increasingly popular, Claasen Shipyards is building this new aluminium sailyacht with a modern underwater section on spec and entirely in-house. To be built to MCA, this Pilot Classic will be handed over in early 2016.

Rendering of the new 77ft Pilot Classic Yacht under construction at Claasen Shipyards

Rendering of the new 77ft Pilot Classic Yacht under construction at Claasen Shipyards

With this project Claasen Shipyards is responding to the growing demand for top-quality pilot classic yachts that are suitable for the most extreme sailing areas, and able to compete on the regatta circuit. In addition to the distinctive classic lines, these sturdily constructed yachts feature an ultra-modern underwater section combined with an intelligent deck layout. The latter makes it possible to safely sail the Pilot Classic single-handedly as all other functions can be operated from the cockpit.

In the design of the 77-foot Claasen Pilot Classic yacht, the keel of which will be laid shortly, the emphasis is on easy-to-maintain basic materials such as aluminium and GRP. Due to the extra solid construction and insulation, the yacht’s sailing range is virtually unrestricted, including the most extreme Arctic regions. There is room for eight people onboard in a luxury owner’s suite, a VIP cabin and two additional guest cabins. The spacious deckhouse offers ideal protection from all elements as well as stunning views which can be enjoyed in maximum comfort.

With its proven craftsmanship for over 30 years, Claasen Shipyards is known for superior quality as well as the use of intelligent design details. On the 77-ft Pilot Classic yacht this is illustrated by the smart anchor system, which was entirely developed in-house. As it is entirely flush and integrated within the aluminium hull below the waterline, the system is invisible on the exterior of the yacht. The application of the state-of-the-art anchor system prevents unexpected damage to both the anchor and the hull. In addition it keeps resistance to a minimum, which is an important aspect during races.

The Zaandam yard is currently involved in two other projects as well: a Truly Classic 90 and a Truly Classic 126 yacht. Partially as a result of the considerable interest in the yard from abroad, Claasen Shipyards recently renewed its entire website.

Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by Claasen.

Exceptional first half of the year for Hoek Design Yachts

June 09, 2014

It has been an amazing first half of the year on the results board of Hoek Design yachts. They have demonstrated to the world that in addition to their beautiful classic looks they provide excellent performance.

Hoek Design Yachts underway

Hoek Design Yachts underway

With sailing yacht Marie winning the St Barths Bucket in March, the 180’ ketch raced exceptionally well against a fleet of 38 of the finest super yachts in the world with a tantalizingly close finish to secure the overall title. The coveted ‘Bucket’ was hard fought by the owner and crew of Marie, which included Hoek Design’s Ruurt Meulemans, with a 1st, 3rd and 2nd in what were near perfect conditions. Her sister ship superyacht Adele also finished with an impressive overall 3rd place in her class.

This was followed by an unprecedented straight win victory for the Hoek Design J-Class luxury yacht Lionheart in the inaugural Menorca Maxi Trophy in Mahon at the end of May. Despite Lionheart’s unbeatable score sheet, there was yet more close racing for the Js on the final day but Lionheart held off charter yacht Ranger and superyacht Hanuman once again, crossing the line to take their fifth successive victory of the series and secure the event with a perfect score line.

At the prize giving the owner of Lionheart said ‘We’ve had the most magnificent sailing we’ve ever had. What a beautiful place, what a beautiful island, what kindness and hospitality we’ve encountered – it has really been a fantastic event. I’d like to thank the race committee, and of course everybody who helped organise this event on behalf of everyone in the J Class.’

Hoek-designed Superyachts at full speed

Hoek-designed Superyachts at full speed

Lionheart will line up against Hanuman, Ranger, luxury yacht Rainbow and superyacht Velsheda in what is sure to be another spectacular four days of racing at The Superyacht Cup in Palma on the 18th – 21st June.

Finally, the gorgeous Cornish coast provided the backdrop last week for what proved to be the most closely contested Pendennis Cup yet, with once again a Hoek Design yacht defeating the fleet.

The Truly Classic 85 yacht Velacarina claimed the title after a closely fought regatta, finishing less than 30 seconds ahead on day 3, and with only 2 points separating Velacarina and superyacht Christopher, it was all to play for on the final day. After a delayed start, gusts of 12-14 knots combined with a shortened course created exciting close-quarters racing, but it was to be Velacarina’s race, maintaining her lead throughout and storming first over the finish line to take the 2014 Pendennis Cup trophy.

With superyacht Firefly and luxury yacht Drumfire competing in this week’s Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, along with charter yacht This Is Us, charter yacht Atalante, superyacht Heartbeat and the J-Class Lionheart joining them at the end of June to compete in The Superyacht Cup in Palma, it’s fantastic to see so many owners of Hoek Design yachts enjoying the truly thrilling aspect of racing.

Sailing yacht ATALANTE ready for re-launch after annual antifoul with Absolute Boat Care

June 04, 2014

Luxury charter yacht Atalante is ready to be re-launched, following her annual antifoul with Absolute Boat Care. Sailing yacht Atalante is a beautiful 27,50-metre vessel, originally built by Classen Shipyards to a design by Andre Hoek in 2009.

Claasen charter yacht Atalante ready to splash - Image credit to Absolute Boat Care

Claasen charter yacht Atalante ready to splash - Image credit to Absolute Boat Care

Claasen Shipyards constructed superyacht Atalante as their second Truly Classic 90 vessel. She is a sister ship to the award winning luxury charter yacht Kealoha.

Luxury yacht Atalante has a customised interior, which can comfortably accommodate 4 guests or 6 family members in 3 elegant cabins. There is a generous master stateroom, which has direct access to the aft peak, two guest cabins, two crew cabins, as well as a mid social deckhouse with dining table and navigation station.

Claasen Shipyards – Official ‘industry partner’ of Superyacht Cup Palma

May 12, 2014

The yachts of Claasen Shipyards have been participating in the Superyacht Cup, running in the fantastic Spain yacht charter destination – Palma de Mallorca, for many years. For this year’s edition, which will run from 18 to 21 June, Claasen Shipyards is an official ‘industry partner’. The yard is sponsoring a range of activities surrounding the event, which will be underlined by the participation of various beautiful Claasen yachts.

Claasen sailing yacht Heartbeat in Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 - Photo by jrenedo

Claasen sailing yacht Heartbeat in Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 - Photo courtesy of Claasen Shipyards – Jesus Renedo

The Superyacht Cup offers the ideal combination of a professionally organised sailing regatta and a relaxed, informal social programme for participants, supporters and visitors alike. The first Superyacht Cup was organised in 1996, making it the longest running sailing event in Europe for prestigious sailyachts from around the world. The Cup is extremely popular among owners and their friends, captains and crew who come to Palma to attend the annual four-day regatta.

A total of 21 yachts have already registered to participate in the 2014 event. A quarter of these yachts were partly or entirely built by Claasen Shipyards, marking another strong representation of the yard in this year’s races. At the Superyacht Cup 2013, the Claasen-built Truly Classic 78 sailing yacht Heartbeat and Truly Classic 90 charter yacht Atalante came in first and second in the overall rankings, and the J-class superyacht Lionheart achieved second place overall in her segment. The yard is looking forward to achieving some equally impressive results this year.

Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 - Photo by Jesus Renedo

Superyacht Cup Palma 2013 - Photo courtesy of Claasen Shipyards – Jesus Renedo

Meanwhile, the craftsmen at Claasen Shipyards hope that the new yachts currently under construction will also feature in future Superyacht Cup events in Palma. This includes a Truly Classic 126 yacht, a Truly Classic 90-03 yacht and a 45-metre J-class, all of which have been optimised for their future regatta performances.

Claasen Shipyards wishes the owners and crews of the participating yachts the best of luck during the upcoming edition of the Superyacht Cup in Palma.

New order for third Truly Classic 90 Yacht announced by Claasen

April 10, 2014

Claasen Shipyards has constructed plenty of Truly Classic yachts, each of which was superbly penned by Hoek Naval Architects. The yachts are renowned for their superior combination of classic lines with the very latest technologies. One of the most popular models is the Truly Classic 90ft, examples of which include charter yacht Kealoha and charter yacht Atalante, launched by Claasen Shipyards in 2008 and 2009, respectively. The yard is now proceeding with construction of its third Truly Classic 90 yacht on behalf of an American client. The Truly Classic 90 sailing yacht Hull #3 is scheduled for launch in Spring 2016.

Third Truly Classic 90 Yacht under construction at Claasen

Third Truly Classic 90 Yacht under construction at Claasen

This exciting new superyacht Truly Classic 90 is unique in many ways. She will have an eye-catching black hull, with a dark-blue underwater ship and a white waterline adding to the distinguished and traditional look. The colour of the hull will be similar to that of the J-class superyacht Lionheart, also built by Claasen Shipyards.

Claasen Shipyards is known for having almost all yachtbuilding disciplines in-house. The aluminium hull of the yacht, for example, was built by the dedicated division in Makkum. The hull recently arrived at the yard in Zaandam where the outfitting process will commence. The spacious interior will be produced by the traditional timber division of Claasen Shipyards and feature a mahogany finish with a luxurious, stylish ambiance.

Truly Classic 90 superyacht Hull no. 3

Truly Classic 90 superyacht Hull no. 3

Sister yachts Kealoha and Atalante are known for their excellent view of the aft ship and the possibility to operate all sails from the cockpit. The cockpit also provides access to the aft deckhouse which accommodates the owner’s cabin, including a luxury bathroom. The aft ship also includes a single cabin. The owner’s cabin will have direct access to the amidships section of the yacht, which is home to the saloon, day head and navigation table. The saloon has great views all around, and is linked to the galley, dinette and three cabins fore, namely the guest cabin, captain’s cabin and crew cabin, each with its own bathroom.

The exterior will be finished with beautifully varnished teak details, as is standard on all yachts built by Claasen Shipyards. The keel-stepped mast will be equipped with four sets of crosstrees. The mast (35.60m) and boom (11.40m) are made of carbon and supplied by Hall Spars. The new luxury yacht Truly Classic 90 will include a mainsail, yankee, staysail, MPS/asymmetrical and storm jib.

In addition to the new Truly Classic 90 yacht, Claasen has several other yachts under construction, including a Truly Classic 126 yacht and a brand-new 45-metre J-class.

Basic specifications Truly Classic 90ft Yacht

Builder: Claasen Shipyards
Material: Full aluminium
Exterior design: Hoek Design
Naval architect: Hoek Design
Length over all: 27,50m
Waterline length: 15,42m
Max beam: 6,00m
Displacement: 62,5 ton
Draught: 3,40m
Mainsail: 207 m2
Yankee: 172 m2
Staysail: 88 m2
Fresh water tanks: 1.000 liter
Grey water tanks: ca 280 liter
Black water tanks: ca 280 liter
Diesel tanks: ca 3.425 liter
Main engine: Lugger L1066H
Max power: 240hp (medium duty)
Propeller shaft: Hundested VP 4 FR-H
Classification: Lloyds Hull certificate and MCA Small yacht code

Below is a gallery for other luxury charter yachts built by Claasen.

MCM overseeing completion of third TRULY CLASSIC 90 Yacht

April 08, 2014

MCM (Marine Construction Management) is proud to announce that it is overseeing the completion of the third TRULY CLASSIC 90 yacht, acting on behalf of her owner. Delivery of the Truly Classic 90 sailing yacht Hull #3, currently under construction at Claasen in the Netherlands, is scheduled for Spring 2016.

Truly Classic 90 Yacht by Claasen and Hoek Design

Rendering of Truly Classic 90 Yacht by Claasen and Hoek Design

“Designed throughout by the renowned firm of Hoek Design, hull number three had been sitting dormant awaiting for the right yachtsman to have the passion to see her through to completion”, MCM’s Peter Wilson says, adding “Work started a few weeks ago and we are very excited at the prospect of seeing this sister-ship to our projects charter yacht Kealoha and charter yacht Atalante take shape”.

The interior of third Truly Classic 90 superyacht will be a classic Mahogany raised panel, along the lines of her predecessors – “Timeless and elegant”.

MCM has managed the construction of over 70 yachts in the last 26 years. Projects in build at present include the Royal Huisman‘s 47-metre sailing yacht Wisp (already launched) by Hoek Design with Rhoades Young interior, a Baltic 116 yacht designed by Judel/Vrolijk (October 2014 delivery), a Claasen TC126 yacht (Spring 2015 delivery) by Hoek and a Baltic 115 superyacht by Nauta and Judel/Vrolijk (2015 delivery).

The largest Truly Classic sailing yacht TC126 by Hoek Design to start construction in January

October 17, 2012

The renowned Dutch naval architecture studio – Hoek Designhas announced signing of a new contract for an exhilarating new model from the Truly Classic series. Measuring 38,40 metres, the sailing yacht TC126 will become the largest Truly Classic to date, bringing together all the developments of recent years, including versatility, layout, performance, keel configuration and sail plan. The TC 126 yacht project is for a repeat customer and will be constructed by Claasen Shipyards, with MCM representing the owner. The construction will commence in January, 2013.

Hoek designed Truly Classic Sailing Yacht TC126

Hoek designed Truly Classic Sailing Yacht TC126

The exciting new TC126 yacht will incorporate all the experiences of the owner with his previous Truly Classic as well as the know-how and expertise built up at Hoek Design on more than 80 modern and Truly Classic designs. “As is the case with all our projects the design of the yacht will be extensively optimised for performance,” explains Andre Hoek. “The hull lines, keel design and sail plan will benefit from the extensive research that our office has carried out over the years with tank and wind tunnel testing on these type of yachts. We shall also leverage on the valuable CFD work performed on various other hull designs.”

When she is completed in the summer of 2015, the first Sloop-rigged TC126 will be used for family cruising, chartering and Spirit of Tradition racing.

The design of a Ketch-rigged version is also available to clients who prefer a styling very similar to the renowned 180ft Hoek Designed yacht Adele.

The interior concept incorporates an aft owner’s stateroom leading to a private deckhouse and aft cockpit. “Uniquely, there will also be a full-beam lower saloon just in front of the stateroom,” adds Hoek. “This will create a dedicated interior owner’s area and offer lots of privacy, especially when our clients choose to cruise without guests. This will be the first Truly Classic yacht to feature such a layout.”

The sailing yacht TC126 will also have two guest suites aft of the main deckhouse, although the option also exists to place them forward. There is good accommodation for five crew members in three cabins with a separate laundry, mess and galley.

Moving to the deck, the aft cockpit contains a helm station connected to a navigation deckhouse. At anchor this nav station is transformed into the owner’s office, generating privacy in the centre cockpit for charter and family cruising with a separation between crew and guests. The main deckhouse features a dining area to port, a settee to starboard and a small pantry. A different deck layout is possible on future TC126 projects with dual helm stations just forward of the owner’s deckhouse.

Interior style-wise, the first TC126 yacht will have a classic look & feel with raised and fielded panels, white painted panels above wainscot level and a range of timeless details. A small fireplace will be built into the lower saloon to increase the air of cosiness.

The yacht also benefits from proven technology and simple systems. A Scania main engine will drive a controllable pitch propeller, while two Northern Lights generators serve as the main electric and hydraulic source. The yacht will have drum winches rather than captives, with a hydraulic cylinder operating the main sheet, and all sailing winches are hydraulic too.

Other highlights include a side-boarding platform with a carbon boarding ladder and carbon passerelle. She will also feature a carbon spade rudder and carbon spars and rigging.

Hoek Design is responsible for all naval architecture, exterior and interior styling.