Dixon Yacht Design on 45m in-build sloop Y3

4 October 2012

The build of the 45m Dixon Yacht Design sloop_Y3_ is now well underway at Holland Jachtbouw. The aluminium hull and deck were delivered to the shipyard in September, the metal work having been fabricated by Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw in Makkum.

‘She’s set up for easy sailing,’ says Anders Berg, partner and principal architect of Dixon Yacht Design. ‘The success of a boat is making it easy to function and on this boat the rig layout is very functional, with twin headsails. You need a crew but they are really on board for domestic duties rather than the mechanism of sailing the boat. You’d need two people, or possibly one to sail it.’

The performance sloop will have a slippery hull shape developed over many years by Dixon Yacht Design (carrying the beam quite far aft to improve stability) and a high modulus rig by Southern Spars, with composite rigging ample to move the 200 tonne boat even in light airs. For ease of operation the low profile deck gives the helmsperson unrestricted visibility and the designers have installed a battery of hydraulic captive winches under the foredeck, controlling the mainsheet, runners and jib sheets. Berg expects the yacht to be ‘reactive, responsive and powerful’.

The yacht also features a clever automated Bimini that shades lounging and dining areas in the cockpit but retracts neatly into deck when not needed. Further down, Y3 has a lifting keel developed with Italian keel manufacturer APM, which retracts into a skeg on the bottom of the boat in a way similar to a telescope.

‘A lot of keel arrangements tend to block off the interior with a great big box, but this one doesn’t, so it’s allowed us to really maximise the saloon,’ says Berg.

Rhoades Young Design has been commissioned to design the interior and has placed the owner and guest cabins forward for quietness and discreet crew circulation while moored stern to.