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May 2004

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The Dutch boatyard Vitters Shipyard is building a refined ketch measuring almost 55 metres in length, entirely designed by the Hoek Design Naval Architects. "Adele" is the largest yacht the yard has ever built. It is classic in design, with overhanging transom and modern solutions like the impressive masts equipped with new generation sails and the electric-hydraulic aids enabling easy manoeuvring. "Adèle" has an all-aluminium structure, while the interiors are in warm, welcoming mahogany. The main deck, entirely in teak, includes three deckhouses: one of them, astern, also serves as a private entrance to the owner's suite. The deckhouse in the bows has a C-shaped sofa and stairs leading to the lower deck. The central one offers lots of room for relaxation and dining. The deckhouse astern combines with the owner's suite to make a single area, the latter being located on the lower deck and characterised by a private sitting room with office corner. Outside, next to the deckhouse there is another relaxation area for the owner with a horseshoe shaped sofa and table, while adjacent to the central deck saloon there are another two C-shaped facing sofas with two large tables and the command station equipped with double wheels, an excellent solution for ideal vision at any speed. On the main deck there are also three tenders, with the largest one placed in front of the main mast.

The lower deck is divided into two sections, forward and aft with the engine room in the middle. Astern we find a twin guest cabin and VIP suite, each with a private bathroom, while in the far bows there is the owner's suite, furnished with a double bed, relaxation corner and en suite bathroom with Jacuzzi tub. The other section has two opposed leisure areas, one with a bar in the corner, while forwards of this are two cabins, a VIP suite and a twin cabin, as well as a large dining-galley. The bow area of this deck also has the crew's quarters, with independent access so as not to disturb the owner and his guests; here four cabins offer a total of eight beds, all equipped with en suite bathrooms and a dining area.

For further information please contact the boatyard Vitters Shipyard BV; Stouweweg 33; 8064 PD Zwartsluis; Olanda; tel. +31 38 3867145; fax +31 38 3568433; website; e mail

Overall length: 54.86 m
Displacement: 260,000 kg
Motorization: Caterpillar 3412E
Declared maximum speed: 16 knots
Declared cruising speed: 13 knots
Design: Hoek Design Naval Architects.