Nautica Digitale
Share this page
Tell a friend

September 2004

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



Yachting catalogue

Navigation tests

Used boats


Video Nautica

Article by
Angelo Colombo

Photographs by
Andrè Minkema
and Albert Brunsting


Last spring Vitters Shipyard (Holland) launched "Gimlä", version N° 3 of an almost 47 metre sloop designed for the yard by Dubois Design Naval Architects. This latest example exploits the experience gained with the two previous sloops in the same series which, though they were very differently fitted out and equipped, led to certain small improvements being adopted for N° 3.


LOA: 42.90 metres
Length on waterline: 35.00 metres
Beam: 9.00 metres
Draft: 4.20 metres
Light displacement: 230.000 kilos
Water tank: 7.000 litres
Fuel tank: 19.500 litres
Ballast: 60.000 kilos
Building material: aluminium for hull and superstructure
Engine: 1 x 830 HP MTU 12V 183TE72
Manoeuvring screws: 100 HP Swing Sider bowthruster and sternthruster
Sail area (main + yankee + staysail): 1.025 square metres.

For further information
Vitters Shipyard BV: Stouweweg 33; 8064 PD Zwartsluis; The Netherlands; tel. +31 38 386 7145; fax +31 38 386 8433; e-mail; web site

The success of this design is mainly due to a winning combination of elements such as a powerful, easily handled sail plan and spacious interiors that can be lived in with absolute comfort even for long periods. "Gimlä" is a yacht conceived for ocean cruising, with high average speeds and appropriate safety standards, this last demonstrated by the classification ABS A1 Yachting Service & MCA Cayman Island. For this version the Dubois Design Naval Architects studio developed a more contemporary external design, implemented by the adoption of more thrusting lines and a lower profile. The interiors were done by Dick Young Design, favouring the use of light-coloured wood and satined steel for furnishings and accessories and oil-finished teak for the floors, all with view to creating, in the name of simplicity, environments that are sober and welcoming. The interior is divided into three distinct areas: the crew's quarters forward, the central zone for sheltered relaxation and the area aft which is the night zone for owner and guests. The deckhouse, with a spacious dining area, table and C-shaped sofa, the sheltered command position and another sofa with an office corner/chart table, is practically united with the lower deck saloon in a single large environment. This solution means a really spacious daytime area with fine natural lighting from the ample deckhouse windows. The aft area of the lower deck houses two cabins with twin beds and private bathrooms. Forward of these cabins, on the starboard side, there are another two with double beds and en suite bathrooms, while the owner's cabin on the port side is equipped with wardrobe, small sitting room, office corner, dressing table and a spacious bathroom with shower and tub. The saloon described above, which lies forward of this night area and runs the whole width of the hull, features two distinct areas: on the port side there is a large L- shaped sofa with coffee table while the starboard side, with audiovisual systems and other accessories, is dedicated to entertainment and relaxation. Forward of this area the crew's quarters feature a large room containing the galley and dining area. Then there is a relaxation area and four cabins, two with double and two with bunk beds and all with private bathroom. Of course the external spaces too are considerable and are divided to ensure maximum comfort for owner and guests both under way and during moments of relaxation. The sail plan was designed for good performances and easy handling without the need for a large crew. Moreover, most of the running rigging is equipped with hydraulic and electrical systems so the considerable sail area can be handled even by one person alone. Under sail the deck is never encumbered by any kind of rigging since the latter is run, by way of a cavity between deck and superstructure, to electric winches and a roller system which are boxed in and concealed by hatches that may be opened for inspection. This means that running rigging can be handled without a single sheet or halyard being visible on deck. The open air relaxation area has sofas and a table positioned aft of the deckhouse and protected by a retractable Bimini top. Aft of the saloon, outdoors, there are two command stations positioned to facilitate checking the sail plan under all points of sailing and to ensure total control of the vessel, thanks to the navigation instrument repeaters with which each station is equipped. As for the tenders, they can be positioned either in the stern garage, accessible by electrically operated opening of the transom, or on the forward deck where a special fitting can house an RIB type boat. From the aesthetic point of view the lines are soaring and modern, aided by the low profile deckhouse and the large windows that further lighten its appearance. The rig consists of mast and boom in carbon, built by Marten Marine. The mast rises no less than 47 metres from the deck and is equipped with five orders of crosstrees quartered aft, with crow's nest and shrouds. The sail plan envisaged is main, yankee and staysail for a total of 1.025 square metres and a 1.140 square metre gennaker for running.