First Weld on Bestevaer 72 Made
A special moment for every owner of a new yacht: making the first weld. The family had come together in Makkum for the first weld on the Bestevaer 72. Here, decked out in welding shields and gloves, they were able to weld the construction number of their yacht Symbiose on an aluminium bulkhead of the forepeak. A lasting and visible memory.
The Bestevaer 72 was designed for this family with varied interests. The younger half would like to sail to cold and rougher areas such as Greenland, Iceland and perhaps even the Northwest Passage, while the older half would rather go to warmer places such as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Within six months, together with the architects of Dykstra Naval Architects, a completely new design for a 72 footer was produced that accommodated all their wishes as much as possible.
Safety and self-reliance were a requirement in either case. That explains the deep and sheltered cockpit which is divided into a ‘sailing’ and a ‘leisure’ area. There is a spacious pilot house where you can take shelter in during bad weather while the autopilot does the steering. In addition to the standard watertight bulkheads, there are also two watertight doors for extra safety. The bow of the vessel also has thicker skin plates compared to the rest of the hull in case of a collision with a container, ice flue or other object. The deck is covered with solar panels – with a yield of over 2,500W – but there are also a diesel generator and water generator to meet the power demand. The carbon rigging in combination with the unpainted bare aluminium hull give this Bestevaer a rugged look.
To reach the smaller and shallower waters the ship has a hydraulic lift keel with a draught of 2.30m to 4.30m. The double rudders therefore have a maximum length of 2.30m.
In terms of comfort below deck, the passengers want for nothing. There are three cabins and a crew cabin, two fully equipped wet cells and a day toilet. The salon has a large sitting area with dining table and opposite is the well-equipped galley. The furniture, cabinets and floor are teak, while the white walls and ceilings make the interior feel light and spacious.
The yacht is due for delivery in the spring of 2020.