The renowned Dutch naval architecture studio – Hoek Design – has 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.
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.