The Dutch builder, Claasen Shipyards, is well known for their wide range of classic and modern yachts from 60 to 140 feet in length. Thanks to the yard’s strong organisational capacity as well as short lines of communication, owners find it a very positive experience to collaborate with this respected Dutch manufacturer. The craftsmen are amazingly enthusiastic and concentrated on their goal of constructing the highest quality yachts. This quality is guaranteed as the yachts are constructed completely in-house by Claasen Shipyards staff. A fine example of this approach is the modern 72 ft racer/cruiser sailing yacht Bougainville, which is presently close to completion. The exterior of the magnificent Bougainville yacht was designed by Berret Racoupeau. She bears beautiful interior design by Rhoades Young.
With an LOA of 22.07 m and a beam of 5.63 m, luxury yacht Bougainville is a special project for the way she incorporates the very latest technologies and most advanced yacht building methods. The keel is fitted with an hydraulic lifting system, giving the yacht a depth of 2.30 m and 3.90 m, respectively. Bougainville is being built to the MCA code for sailing yachts up to 24 m and will be CE-A certified.
Bougainville’s owner requires a yacht that will perform equally well as a cruiser and a racer, which means that weight plays a crucial role. With this in mind, the yacht has an aluminium hull and a composite deck and superstructure. The interior is built of foam /sandwich panels, which considerably reduces weight. In addition, every single item that is installed onboard is individually weighed in order to monitor the overall weight of the yacht.
Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design is responsible for both the naval architecture and the exterior profile of the performance cruiser yacht Bougainville. Impressive features of the exterior include the sleek, modern lines and the large windows in the superstructure, which bathe the spacious interior with light. The reverse stern gives the design a sporty appearance and is equipped with a large hydraulically operated door. When open, the latter serves as a lovely swim platform and a place from which to launch the tender, stored in the lazarette. The door itself is made from composite material in order to reduce weight and is watertight when closed thanks to its inflatable seal. Bougainville’s cockpit is furnished with a large Bimini that offers welcome shade when sailing in sunnier climates. This Bimini can easily be stored completely out of sight in the yacht’s superstructure.
Bougainville yacht is rigged with a carbon mast from Southern Spars, which is incredibly strong despite its low weight. The main sail has a surface area of 132 m2 and features slab reefing with reef locks. Bougainville also carries carbon EC6 carbons stays: Offering the ideal combination of strength, stiffness and elasticity, this is the ideal rig for a yacht of this calibre. The lines and the other running rigging can all be controlled from the two steering stations in the cockpit. The winches are hydraulically driven.
The interior of luxury yacht Bougainville has been created by Rhoades Young Design, which has achieved global fame for its work with other leading yards such as Royal Huisman and Vitters. Superyacht influences are immediately visible within Bougainville’s interior where the large windows and exquisite materials create the allure of a much larger vessel, and meet the standards one would expect from a Claasen Shipyards yacht. The entire interior is finished in French walnut with a subtle maple edging.
The layout sees an owner’s suite and two guest cabins located forward, each with their own shower and toilet. Amidships is the voluminous saloon, dinette and navigation corner. The galley is located aft, along with a two-person crew cabin and toilet.
Construction of sailing yacht Bougainville is proceeding apace and the yacht will be launched in the spring of 2013 for delivery to her owner. Claasen Shipyards also has a range of other projects underway, including the 126ft Classic superyacht TC126, a 60ft pilot cutter and 90ft Truly Classic sloop.
Basic Specifications of the 72ft Claasen Shipyards sailing yacht Bougainville
Builder: Claasen Shipyards
Exterior design: Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design
Interior design: Rhoades Young Design
Naval architect: Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design
Owners Rep.: Mark Hampton
Technical installations: Cornelis Jongkind Yacht Installations
Rigg supplier: Southern Spars Europe
Length hull: 22.07 meter (72ft)
Waterline length: 19.81 meter
Maximum beam: 5.63 meter
Waterline beam: 4.47 meter
Displacement MOC: 29.560 kg
KEEL AND RUDDER
Draught: 2.30/3.90 meter
Total ballast weight: 6.80 tonnes
Keep type: Lift keel with bulb
Rudder type: Twin carbon rudder
Rig type: Cutter rigged sloop
Mast type: High modulus Carbon with EC6 + Rigging
Asymetric Spinnaker: 315m2
Upwind Sail Area: 254m2
Water tanks: 2x ca. 1.000 liter
Diesel tanks: 2x ca. 2.500 liter
Diesel day tank: 1x ca. 100 liter
Main engine: Ynmar 4LHA-HTP
Max. Power: 140hp (medium duty)
RPM at full load: 3.300 RPM
Propeller shaft: Standard Conventional Installation
Propeller: 3-bladed folding Varifold propeller
Bowthruster: Lewmar 300 VRTTH (22,5 Kw)
Main generator: 20kW in sound enclosure with PTO