Following her launch in June 2015, 42m Topaz has left the Holland Jachtbouw facility in Zaandam to begin a life of cruising and racing. Topaz, project name J8, is a J-class designed by Hoek Design and based on the original lines of Frank Paine's classic 1930s yachts.
At 26.8m, she has the longest waterline length and highest keel aspect ratio of any J class to date, along with a low wetted surface area.
Andrew Hoek said that ‘When Frank Paine orininally drew this vessel in 1935 he was prepared to take a sail area or displacement penalty in order to gain the extra area required.” He continued to explain that “By optimising the design for modern handicap rules of the JCA, we paid enormous attention to the stiffness to weight ratio and lightweight aluminium hull.
Activity at the Dutch shipyard has been in full flow this quarter with the construction of two new explorer vessels underway. Both builds have an emphasis on weight saving and are intended for long distance cruising, primarily in the Baltic and polar regions.
On the refit side of the shipyard, the 40m sailing yacht Rainbow returned to Holland Jachtbouw for a minor refit.
Exterior Design: Hoek Design
Interior Design: Hoek Design