Claasen 23m Hoek-designed chase boat Stargazer begins sea trials
by Miranda Blazeby
The 23 metre chase boat Stargazer recently launched by Dutch yard Claasen Shipyards has now started sea trials ahead of delivery.
Launched on April 11, the project marked the first build collaboration between Claasen and fellow Dutch yard Vitters.
Speaking about the collaboration, project manager Joris Slecht of Claasen said: “The co-operation went smoothly and enabled us to successfully finish the project.”
Described as a “large classic lined motorboat”, Stargazer was designed by Hoek Design Naval Architects with the company handling all naval architecture, exterior and interior design. The yacht marks the 27th collaboration between Hoek and Claasen.
Company owner André Hoek described the yacht as “a timeless and classic design which perfectly fits the style of the mothership”.
Built from a lightweight aluminium hull, Stargazer features a 6.6 metre beam and will be used as a support vessel for a sailing superyacht.
She will be used to transport guests from the shore to the mothership, hold extra stores and serve as a diving platform in shallow lagoons. She will also accommodate extra crew and guests in two double cabins and one twin cabin.
The boat has a Pacific range and is powered by two 912hp Scania engines providing a cruising speed of 15 knots and a top speed of 25 knots.
The launch of Stargazer came after Claasen relaunched the 30.4 metre sailing yacht Reesle following an extensive refit.