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New Launch: Holland Jachtbouw 62M "Athos"

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  1. Holland Jachtbouw launches 62-meter "Athos"

    Dutch yacht builder Holland Jachtbouw (HJB) launched their latest yacht called "Athos". The new vessel represents the largest privately owned two-masted schooner in the world. Measuring 62m overall and designed by Andre Hoek, the operation to bring Athos to water involved a dramatic journey through the Dutch countryside. Too heavy to lift with a crane, the wheels of a giant trailer were carefully inserted under the cradle and the entire 400-tonne structure was carefully driven on to a pontoon.

    The next stage of this major logistical operation saw the barge and its precious cargo towed on a two-day journey from our yard in Zaandam (close to Amsterdam) to the northern Dutch port of Harlingen. It was here that Athos’ deep-V hull made her first contact with the water as the yacht was launched by a massive 2000-tonne lift.

    The yacht was then towed on her own keel back to the HJB yard, where they are now making a start with stepping Athos’ 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 fiber. A technical marvel in every respect, sea trials of this breathtaking superyacht will begin shortly.

    For more information:

    Holland Jachtbouw,
    Vredeweg 32,
    1505 HH Zaandam,
    The Netherlands.
    ph:+31(0)75 614 9133

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