New Dutch builder Sichterman Yachts launches first yacht
Fledgling Dutch builder Sichterman Yachts has launched the first yacht of its developing fleet.
The first hull of the 18 metre all-aluminium Inveni took to the water at the Workum based yard at the weekend.
The yacht features a vertical bow for a longer range and lower fuel consumption, as well as a beam of 17.6 metres. Accommodation is for four guests while a propulsion package of two Cummins 550 HP engines will provide a top speed of 23 knots and cruising speed of 18 knots.
Sichterman chief executive Bart Rehe said yacht's owner Ruud van Hilst had "challenged us to push technological limits to a new level and deliver a five-star luxury experience.
"Being a former sailor, he wanted the yacht to be as quiet as possible, whilst maintaining a high level of comfort and fuel efficiency at the same time.”
van Hilst added: "After a few tests, I can say that I’m extremely satisfied with the way the ship handles itself in open water. It really cruises through the waves, almost as if you’re on a train.”
The news comes after the recently launched builder, which is named after 17th century Dutch merchant Jan Albert Sichterman, revealed it had sold four yachts measuring between 15 metres and 20 metres.
It is also developing a 26 metre model named Ambrosca and has plans for a 23 metre model. Both will have a flybridge option. The builder said further launches will take place soon.