Kuipers Shipyard in Holland is pleased to announce the signing of the contract for the first ever Kuipers Doggersbank. The 31-metre (102’) Beothuk will be built for a repeat customer, who’s previous boat, a Doggersbank Offshore 84' also named Beothuk, was delivered by Kuipers Shipyard in May 2002. As with all Doggersbanks, the core design for the new Beothuk comes from the boards of Vripack International Naval Architects. Normally a Doggersbank Offshore project is finalised between the owner and Vripack, then tendered out to select yards for a bid package. Kuipers has won the contract to build a significant number of Doggersbanks Offshores in the past. In addition to the first Beothuk, other highly successful projects include the 85' Kathleen (the very first Doggersbank Offshore), the 84'Aisling, the 83' Coy-Koi and the 95'Alexa-s. The key difference in the case of the new Beothuk – hence the brand name Kuipers Doggersbank – is that the owner had already determined which yard should build the yacht. He is now therefore working in close cooperation with Kuipers Shipyard and Vripack Naval Architects to fully customise the boat to his specific needs. Having travelled extensively over the past two years in the former Beothuk, the Canadian owner now wants to utilise all his experiences in a longer version, also taking into account a desire to cruise with his grandchildren. “The boat has worked tremendously well,” commented the owner in an interview in Yacht Valley magazine. “She is exceptionally comfortable throughout, and the electronics and propulsion packages are especially remarkable. Overall, Beothuk is a great achievement for all who were involved in her design and construction. Behind every quality product are good people, and I think it's very important to get on with those who will be building your yacht.” The new Beothuk is scheduled for delivery in early 2007. With an extra deck, the yacht will have a spacious lazarette and engine room, plus a pump room with a walk-through to storage under the crew area. Accommodations include a full beam owner’s stateroom, two ensuite guest suites, a captain’s cabin and good quarters for two other crew members. An air of onboard luxury will be combined with every conceivable facility to ensure a no-nonsense global cruising performance.