News: Holland Hachtbouw Launches the Sailing Yacht ATHOS

April 21, 2010 by yachtlover
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Holland Jachtbouw Yachts has launches the modern classic schooner sailing yacht Athos.

Superyacht ATHOS is the world’s largest privately owned double-masted schooner. She is measuring 62 metres overall and is designed by Andre Hoek. Her journey to the water was somewhat complicated, as she is too heavy to be lifted with a crane, thus her being moved involved placing her 400 ton hull onto the wheels of a giant trailer and steadily edging her onto a pontoon.

The sailing yacht ATHOS was then towed on her own keel back to the HJB yard, where the yard are mow making a start with stepping Athos’ phenomenal rig. At 62m, the main mast is the longest built by Rondal or anyone else in Holland and, like the 15m fore boom and 23.5m main boom, is made of carbon fibre. Sea trials of this breathtaking superyacht will begin shortly.

The 62 metre sailing yacht ATHOS will be the world’s largest privately owned modern double.mast schooner when launched in 2010. Her deep-V hull arrived at the yard in February 2008 after being built and engineered in partnership with our sub-contractor. The structure is made of the special high modulus 5383 aluminium, making Athos the largest sailing yacht yet built in this super-strong alloy. We are building her to MCA specifications and Veritas rules.

Designed by Hoek Naval Architects, Athos has a shallow draught keel and integrated centre board. Her 11-metre beam provides ample interior volume, including a private owners’ area aft with deckhouse and cockpit. The full beam owner’s suite will feature a large bathroom between the owner’s deckhouse and bedroom, as well as a walk-in closet and a wealth of locker space.

Forward of the owner’s suite will be four good sized guest suites. The main deckhouse will have a large dining area to starboard, with a lounge and stewardess area to port. The lower saloon is arranged as a large library to starboard, with a galley opposite that can be either open or closed. Cooking will be an integral part of the interior set-up as the owners also enjoy creating haute cuisine. Forward are a large crew mess, crew galley, five crew cabins, and a large separate captains-chief engineer’s office with an integrated control room.

Sailing yacht Athos will have a 1980 m² upwind sail area on carbon spars, while a mast height of 62 metres will ensure that she can pass the Bridge of the Americas. An almost entirely pushbutton-operated rig will include furling booms on boomvangs, carbon spars and captive winches on sheets and halyards.

The twin main engines of ATHOS will drive controllable pitch propellers, while two diesel and two shaft generators provide a parallel power supply. First class maneuverability is assured thanks 150kw retractable bow-and stern thrusters. Athos will have a flyboat on the forepeak and two Vago dinghies in lockers adjacent to the deckhouse.

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