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Hakvoort’s 63m Scout Delivered

HakvoortDeparted Amsterdam on 16 April, the 63m superyacht Scout has been successfully delivered to her owners. The explorer yacht is Hakvoort’s largest project to date and features both interior and exterior design from H2 Yacht Design.

Measuring 63.72m with a beam of 11.6m and a draft of 3.36m, Scout departed Amsterdam on 16 April before embarking on her maiden voyage to the US. Scout was launched at Hakvoort’s facilities in Monnickendam on 1 December 2018 before being towed to Amsterdam for final completion. She features both interior and exterior design by Jonny Horsfield and his team at the British design studio, H2 Yacht Design while Diana Yacht Design is responsible for her naval architecture.

The largest yacht ever to come out of Hakvoort’s sheds, the yachts one of the industry’s most highly anticipated deliveries of 2019. Built for an experienced owner, the yard, owner’s team and designers closely collaborated on every aspect of her exterior and interior design. The result is a unique, Dutch-built superyacht, with a strong vintage maritime aesthetic that stays authentic to the owner’s vision. “The client was closely involved throughout the whole process and had a very clear idea of what aesthetic he was looking for both inside and out”, explains Jonny Horsfield, Founder of H2 Yacht Design in London. “The overall interior aesthetic can best be described as Jules Verne meets Ian Fleming meets Fritz Lang. We were inspired by the underwater world, sea creatures, and this industrial, nautical design philosophy – with a hint of a Bond villain’s lair.”

Exterior design details such as a high bow, exposed tenders in the bow with cut-down bulwarks and integrated forward-sloping windows immediately embody the trawler-aesthetic of her design. But, as Mr Horsfield continues, it is all in the little details. “Everything on the boat has been styled to achieve the perfect continuation of the design philosophy. From the industrialesque stairs to the heavy-looking bolts running throughout her exterior and interior spaces to the outside bar area on the main deck that took its inspiration from engine room vents. Of course, it is not a real vent, but it certainly looks like one! Everything is industrial, and it has all been adapted from the commercial world.”

This level of attention to detail is also apparent throughout the interior design, explains Mr Horsfield, “Inside, the design is a little off-the-wall. We have never done anything like this before. The main saloon is a particular talking point with a huge bespoke polished nickel coffee table sat below an interactive LCD ceiling that mirrors the outside environment. Throughout the corridors, we have pulsing, flashing lights in the ceilings which is a nod to the pulsing lights of the power source of the submarine in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Each guest cabin is styled the same with a different theme, and down to the door handles which look like repurposed cleats, everything is true to SCOUT’s design philosophy. The owner did not want a regular white boat, and we have really stood up to the challenge of creating a very unique vessel. The owner challenged all of us at the studio and the yard to think out of the box, and the result is one of the most interesting projects of my career.”

Powered by twin CATERPILLAR 3512C diesel engines, Scout is designed to cruise at 12.5 knots and will be able to reach a top speed of 14.8 knots. Combined with easy technical accessibility, minimum maintenance requirements and an Ice Class hull, an autonomous range of 4,800nm at 12 knots ensure that she will live up to her ocean-going credentials. With 2019 marking the 100th anniversary of the Hakvoort yard, the delivery of Scout is not the only significant milestone for the Hakvoort yard this year. Hakvoort is also pleased to announce a new 61m motor yacht signed in the last few weeks and another two luxury yachts currently under construction.