Claasen Shipyard begins refit on 30m sailing yacht Reesle
by Chris Jefferies
Styled inside and out by Hoek Design Naval Architects, this schooner-rigged yacht has been criss-crossing the oceans ever since she was launched back in 1995, taking in various high latitude cruising grounds such as Scandinavia and Russia. An all-aluminium sailing yacht, she can accommodate up to eight guests and four crewmembers in an interior that totals 100GT.
Her Claasen refit will be used to prepare her for a round-the-world cruise to New Zealand next year, as project manager Wouter van Rijn explains: “The owners’ initial plans to start in October 2018 were brought forward two months, so my colleague and I immediately flew to Kiel to join three crew members in sailing Reesle to Holland. Within a week we were removing the mast and the yacht was inside our facility just north of Amsterdam.”
Key upgrades will include replacing the bow thruster and both of the 240hp MTU engines — a job that will require half of the engine room to be removed and structural foundations to be modified. The existing propeller shafts will be retained, adding to the complexity of the project and the level of precision required. “The speed with which this refit was arranged speaks volumes for the flexibility of the Claasen team,” van Rijn added.
Other significant refit projects currently under development at the Dutch yard include the 22 metre racer/cruiser Louise, which has returned to her home yard for a winter tune-up.