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Autumn 2006

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Angelo Colombo


Griffioen is the name of the new superyacht built at the Dutch yard Bloemsma & Van Breemen and designed by De Vries Lentsch Design who also handled the marine architecture. She's a little ship of slightly more than 27 metres, conceived and developed in accordance with the owner's requirements: a long range vessel that can sail in canals and straits, so in particular the height was not to exceed six metres.


LOA.: 27.50 m
beam: 7.40 m
draught: 2.50 m
displacement: 140 t
propulsion: variable pitch propeller Hundested VP9
top speed: 12 knots
cruising speed: 11 knots
range at cruising speed: 4.800 NM
fuel tanks: 26.000 litres
stabilisation system: Najad Marine with stabilising system at anchor
manoeuvring screws: Hydromar at bow and stern.

For further information contact Bloemsma & Van Breemen Shipyard; Stranwei 30, 8754 HA Makkum, The Netherlands; tel. +31 (0)515 231785/231789; fax +31 (0)515 231844; website; email

To all this must be added the comfort necessary for guests and the crew of four during long haul sailing. The interiors were designed by Felix Buytenijk. Classic lines that create a layout which at first sight seems to hark back to the past but on closer inspection expresses all its modernity in terms of technological solutions. Thanks precisely to modern marine engineering and equally avant-garde construction criteria Griffioen meets the requirements for Lloyds and MCA certification, notwithstanding her forms. One example of the solutions adopted by the yard to satisfy all the owner's requirements is the two carbon masts which can be manoeuvred hydraulically, allowing this pleasure craft to sail on canals whose bridges have at least six metres of clearance. With a boat of this kind, speed performances are certainly not of the highest importance. In fact since she sails constantly as a displacement hull, with one engine only by choice, the top speed is 12 knots. But with these configuration parameters the cruising speed is 11 knots and consumption is kept down to such an extent that the yacht has a range of about 4.800 nautical miles. But we also find elements of technological innovation in things which, though they are not a structural part of Griffioen, belong to her inasmuch as they were purpose built. In particular we're referring to one of the two tenders in the forward area of the deck. This very special craft was custom built by the same yard in accordance with the owner's specific requests. He wanted a fast and very tough tender in order to be able to land in zones of difficult access. It had to be easy to handle and powerful, but also suitable for short trips in the sun. So the forward area has an awning on a steel structure. Obviously it is not a lightweight boat, so the yard equipped Griffioen with a particularly robust tender davit with a mobile, retractable arm. In this case too the engineering work was anything but simple: attention had to be paid to distribution of weights and to other factors necessary to constantly ensure optimal trim. The shipyard has achieved this masterfully, producing a vessel capable of safely tackling all weather conditions. Among the external details we point out the great forward bulwark, thanks to which pleasant moments of relaxation on the sofa set in this area can be enjoyed even under way, though obviously the structural choice was dictated by the desire to render Griffioen suitable for demanding ocean voyages. Let's move on to the interiors, but setting out from the engine room which houses, in a central position, the 535 HP Kelvin TBSC8 and the two Northern Lights generators (25 and 33 KW), all in a spacious place which can be easily inspected everywhere and which also contains all the other on-board systems, controlled by electronic aids and repeater alarms on the bridge. The position of the engine and systems room is slightly aft of the amidships area, with the engine placed centrally and the plant systems distributed around the room tin such a way as to always ensure optimum trim. Obviously the possibility of suitable weight distribution was also facilitated by the construction of the hull and the superstructures in aluminium, so each element could be positioned without strictures imposed by structural limitations, easily compensating for weights where necessary. As for the interiors, the owner's large cabin is aft on the lower deck. Developed across the whole beam of the vessel, it has a central double bed, complete bathroom and wardrobes in proportion to the space available. This cabin can be independently accessed from the saloon and, by means of a safety door, access is gained to the engine room, another two of the owner's choices. Forward of the engine room there is a cabin with a double bed and another with twin beds, both with private bathrooms and accessible from a companionway linking them to the saloon. Farther forward are the crew's quarters: two cabins, two bathrooms and the mess and relaxation area. The owner has clearly given thought to the crew's well being, probably envisaging demanding voyages. This deck features numerous portholes along the ship's sides, thus ensuring natural lighting. The great saloon is on the main deck and comprises a dining area, sofas with tables and armchairs and, suitably separated in the forward area, the galley and a table with chairs. This area, with its perimeter windows in the superstructure forward, offers spectacular views. The bridge is on the upper deck, a single very spacious area with all round vision and latest generation equipment such as a joystick type lever for the electro-hydraulic rudder, central ergonomic seat and all the repeater instrumentation for the main organs of manoeuvre. Aft of this zone - which for all its technical nature is also an ideal place to enjoy the pleasures of being under way - there's an open air dining area protected overhead and at the sides by the extension of the pilot house. Continuing aft there are two tables with armchairs and suitable space for relaxation in the sun. A yacht that was clearly developed in tandem with the owner, someone who has clear ideas about what he wants to do with his vessel, who loves sailing and who, to deduce from certain specific choices, intends to skipper her himself, handling everything personally in spite of having an expert crew aboard.