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SUPERYACHT #485
September 2002

Article selected from our quarterly magazine dedicated to the largest and most luxurious boats with information, interviews, technical articles, images and yachting news


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Fabio Petrone


JONGERT 40 T "ISLANDIA"

    

TECHNICAL DATA

Overall length: m 41.60
Width: m 7.88
Min/Max draft: m 3.50/6.80
Displacement at half load: t 180
Generator: 2x30 kW Onan
Motorization: 1x600 HP Caterpillar
Maximum motor speed: 12 knots
Cruising motor speed: 10 knots
Range: 2,400 miles
Fuel tank: l 10,000
Water tank: l 4,800
Dirty water tank: l 2,400
Sewage tank: l 2,000
 
Shipping industry annals tell that this Islandia is construction no. 406 produced by the Jongert boatyards. A production begun in 1953 when Jan Jongert Senior founded the small boatyard at Oppedoes, in Holland, concentrating on the production of small loading cranes and motor boats. Over time, production grew and diversified, with the construction of the first sailing boats. 1968 is an important year in Jongert's history because, thanks to meeting Herbert Dahm, founder of Dahm International, the company took on international importance, with its boats being distributed all over the world, and the opening of agency branches in Düsseldorf, Monte Carlo and Palma de Mallorca. Success was immediate but it was only in 1975, with the start of production of the "Traditional Line", whose hulls were made to the design of De Vries Lensch and Peter Sijm, that the yard began to produce boats with its own name, simply "Jongert". These yachts have the typical motorsailer lay-out, characterised by large stern portholes, by spectacular figureheads entirely engraved by hand, by the extremely comfortable interiors and by the greatest possible care given to the furnishings, typically handcrafted, which soon became a point of reference in the refined world of "semicustom" constructions. Five years later, in 1980, the production of a second range of boats began, called "Modern Line", with hulls designed by Doug Peterson, Ron Holland and Peter Sijm, with "cruiser- racers" such as the famous "Mephisto", launched in 1983, able to dominate the most challenging regattas. They are slimmer, lighter, and more technically proficient, and therefore high performers, but not as a result any less elegant and able to guarantee very high standards of comfort.

Later, the collaboration with Dahm International ended, and after this the yard itself took care of the marketing of its own boats. The most recent history of the Dutch constructor has seen it still riding the wave of success, with the production of ever more exclusive and appreciated craft, until 1999 when the first 40 T, the "Number One" was launched, which is the largest Jongert boat, 40 metres' in length, never built until then.









 





The boat, from the "Traditional Line", was first presented at the Fort Lauderdale Trade Fair, in Florida, and it was at this event that a visitor, dazzled by her beauty, ordered a twin hull from the boatyard, identical in appearance but very different in the furnishing. "Islandia", designed by Tony Castro and Peter Sijm, has an overall length of m 41.60 by m 7.88 in width, and was made using steel for the quickwork - her design prescribes the presence of a bulbous keel with a composite sailing boat that has made it possible to reduce the draft to only 3.5 metres - and aluminium for the upper works. All the interiors are in mahogany wood, matched with beige colour upholstery and furnishings. The large living room, at the centre of the boat, extremely bright thanks to the numerous glass surfaces, offers a spacious area with TV and dining table able to accommodate 10 persons. Astern of this room are the three guest staterooms, each with its own bathroom, and the boat owner's stateroom. This latter stateroom is a true suite, with two large twin beds and a smaller bed, a lounge with an L-shaped sofa, a desk and a wardrobe, and is provided with a bathroom with a separate shower compartment. At the bow of the living room there is a large on-board galley, almost professionally equipped, the crew dining area and their cabins, each with separate shower and bathroom. From this area the crew gains direct access to the deck, to the engine room and to the technical area where all the systems for the correct operation and maintenance of the boat are situated. This allows for a maximum level of privacy.