NETHERLANDS, Edam. Last week we flew to Holland to meet with naval architect Andre Hoek to discuss the studio’s latest projects, as the Dutchman prepared to host a lecture in Hong Kong together with Royal Huisman on the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies the studio has conducted over the past three years.
Founder of Hoek Design Naval Architecture, Andre Hoek and managing partner Ruurt Meulemans share a strong passion for sailing. Their enthusiasm for yacht design has led to the production of over 400 boats since the studio was established in 1986, with Royal Huisman’s 47.6m Wisp and 52m Elfje being the most recent launches. At the time of our visit, Hoek was finalising his notes for a lecture he was to give on the value of CFD, having spent half a year researching and developing Elfje's hull shape before starting the design of the yacht.
“I will be talking about the research work we did on the two Royal Huisman projects we’ve done and a little about the J-Class projects we’ve worked on,” said Hoek. “The presentation will focus on computational fluid dynamics studies and also the velocity predictions that we’ve carried out. I will also discuss the type of work we do for hull shape development when we do a custom design and the research we’ve done for the J-Class, and how we analyse existing hulls.”
Among the projects underway is J8, a 42.7m J-Class under construction at Holland Jachtbouw, with J11 (43.6m), Truly Classic 127 (38.8m), and two Truly Classics 90s (27.5m) all in build at Claasen Shipyards. On the smaller end of the scale, two 11.1m day sailors called Essence are under construction, as is the 11.4m Wally Nano at Doomernik.
“We are also doing a 75ft composite boat in Turkey, which is a Volvo Ocean look-a-like boat with modern styling,” said Hoek. “We are doing another 55ft pilot classic in Turkey, which is in composite and is a production boat. Added to that is a whole range of new designs including a 136ft pilot classic, which is like Elfje but smaller.”
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