Hoek-designed mini ketch under construction at Aluboot
by Chris Jefferies
Dutch studio Hoek Design Naval Architecture has released the first details of its latest project, which is currently under construction at Aluboot for a European owner and due for delivery in summer 2019.
The Hoek 76 measures in at 24.9 metres overall (including a 1.5 metre bowsprit) and the yard is working towards MCA certification standards.
Hoek explains that aluminium was chosen for the hull due to its high impact resistance and strength-to-weight ratio, while the ketch rig was preferred as the owner was keen to ensure good downwind sailing characteristics with the option to fly a Code 0, asymmetric spinnakers or mizzen staysails. Vital statistics include a six metre beam and a total sailplan of 288 sqare metres.
Moving inside and the deckhouse will incorporate a prominent main-deck galley, which will be the heart of the yacht, ensuring that the chef feels part of the action and not hidden away below decks.
Elsewhere on the main deck, the saloon will be split into dining and lounging areas with direct access to the spacious aft cockpit. Hoek Design also developed the modern interior décor, which will be crafted from brushed white oak paneling and dark oak flooring.
Accommodation is for up to eight guests split between four staterooms, including a forward owner’s cabin, two doubles and a convertible cabin that can be used for guests or crewmembers as needed.
Other key features include a lifting centerboard keel that allows the draught to be reduced from 4.5 metres to 2.5 metres, opening up a wider range of shallow-water cruising opportunities. Auxiliary power will come from a six-cylinder Steyer engine that will allow for a top speed of ten knots.