Dutch shipyard Vitters has signed a contract for the build of a 68-metre aluminium ketch commissioned by a "highly experienced repeat client".
The unnamed project has been designed by Hoek Design Naval Architects and marks the eighth collaboration for the shipyard and studio. It is said to be an evolution of the 54.6-metre Adele and the 50-metre Meraki with two masts and three deck houses.
Key design elements include long overhangs and a typically classic look, with the owner requesting an increased number of guest cabins and a Panamax mast height so the vessel can cruise beneath the Bridge of Americas and through the Panama Canal. Southern Spars will supply the rig package and North Sails will provide its inventory of sails.
A large, central guest cockpit will be the focal point of the deck layout and the trio of deck houses will be clad in wood.
Hoek Design Naval Architects is responsible for the naval architecture, exterior and interior design and styling, while American designer Bunny Williams has been contracted to decorate the yacht's interior.
The new project will be equipped with a low-emissions diesel-electric propulsion and charging system. A permanent magnet electric motor will provide charging for the battery bank and propulsion when leaving a harbour or anchorage. This also enables the yacht to be run for a considerable ‘silent’ period with all systems working off her battery bank.
Other technical details include a fixed keel with a trim tab on the fin to reduce leeway and improve balance, with a single rudder providing the helmsman with the "feel required to help sail the boat to her optimum performance".
The keel is expected to be laid in April 2024.