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News: Maiden voyage to Rio de Janeiro successfully completed by 72ft Claasen Yacht LOUISE

March 6, 2014 by black
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The importance of weight
As the client intends to use luxury yacht Louise for racing as well as cruising, weight was a critical consideration during the build. In order to keep this to a minimum, the yacht was built with an aluminium hull and a composite deck and superstructure. The construction of the interior is based on foam sandwich panels, which also results in significant weight savings. Furthermore, every item taken onboard went on the scales as the yacht’s weight was monitored with precision.

A sporty and modern look
Louise yacht’s exterior was designed by Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design, which also took care of the naval architecture. Highlights of the exterior include the sleek and modern lines and the large windows in the superstructure which bathe the spacious interior in natural light. The reverse stern gives the design a sporty look and includes a large hydraulic door. Opening the door creates a broad platform that can be used as a swimming platform or to moor the tender, while the space behind the door serves as tender storage. The door is made of composite material in order to reduce weight, and a watertight seal is ensured by means of an inflatable gasket. Louise’s cockpit is equipped with a large bimini to protect against bright sun. The bimini can easily be stowed away entirely within the superstructure.

The most advanced techniques
Luxury yacht Louise is rigged with a carbon mast from Southern Spars, which ensures optimal rigidity despite its low weight. The mainsail has an area of 132 m² and is equipped with slab reefing and reef locks. In addition to her carbon mast, the yacht also has EC6 carbon stays, which guarantees an ideal combination of strength, stiffness and elongation. The lines and other running rigging are operated from the two steering positions in the cockpit, and the winches are hydraulically operated.

A spacious and luxurious interior
Louise yacht’s interior was designed by Rhoades Young Design, a studio which has already worked on many prestigious builds for other leading yards such as Royal Huisman and Vitters. As Rhoades Young works primarily in the large yacht sector Louise’s interior feels very much like that of a superyacht, with large windows and refined materials giving the allure one expects of a Claasen build. The finishing of the entire interior is French inspired and features subtle maple edgings. The aft ship contains the crew cabin for two persons with shower and toilet, as well as the galley. The large saloon, dinette and nav station are situated amidships. Last but not least the bow comprises two guest cabins and the master cabin, each with ensuite shower and toilet.

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