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Autumn 2006

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Angelo Colombo


The biggest and most sophisticated sailing yacht in the long series built by the Dutch shipyard Van Dam Nordia is the 100' Nordia Traditional. Recently launched, she was created to satisfy the requirements of an owner who wanted a comfortable vessel for long cruises. She had to be high performing, with classic lines, and easy to handle without an overlarge crew. Certainly not an easy task, but the yard's experience, together with the selection of materials such as Alustar for the hull - an alloy with high mechanical qualities and reduced weight - and carbon for mast and boom , contributed to achieving the owner's objectives.


LOA: 31.12 metres
hull length: 30.50 metres
length on waterline: 25.00 metres
beam: 7.58 metres
draught: 3.00 metres
light displacement: 95 t.
sail area: mainsail 217 square metres, genoa 267 square metres, staysail at 100% 216 square metres, storm jib 96 square metres, MP-S 630 square metres
fuel tanks: 7.800 litres
water capacity 4.400 litres.

For further information: Van Dam Nordia Shipyard; Helling 49; 1430 AA Aalsmeer; The Netherlands; tel. +31 297 324517; fax +31 297 323620; sito web; e mail

This yacht is currently still at the yard since the owner was no longer able to take delivery, so she is waiting for someone who can take her across the oceans. We had the chance to go aboard and appreciate the numerous qualities of this yacht, which lie mainly in her correspondence to the preliminary requirements of the person who commissioned her. First off we should underline that this is a totally customised design, slightly outside the current big boat sector trend which goes increasingly towards the semi-customised in order to reduce costs and delivery times. The Van Dam yard, recently granted the title of Royal which is reserved for Dutch companies with a long tradition and important activity behind them, was established in 1881. With great mastery it combines tradition and innovation, building boats between 15 and 37 metres LOA. Van Dam production mainly concerns classic form sailing boats, and the 100 footer we're talking about is one of the most important examples, if not the most important one, of the yard's abilities. As we were saying, the hull is in Alustar, which means that weight distribution can be managed with great precision, leaving considerable freedom for the interior layouts since there are no limitations of a structural nature. The marine architecture is the work of Robert van Dam while the internal and external layout was carried out by JLS in tandem with the Van Dam Nordia Design Team. The yacht is cutter rigged so she can be handled by a minimum crew but without losing high performance. The powerful sail plan - about 484 square metres between main and genoa - is borne by a carbon mast and a boom in the same material, with automatic roller reefing for the mainsail. Combined with an innovative bulb keel, all this succeeds in achieving the performances requested by the owner. The running rigging is all handled by automatic systems whose controls are on both bridges (indoor and outdoor) and activate electro-hydraulic mechanisms for sheets, halyards and winches. The many Lewmar winches are positioned in such a way as to make for rapid, efficiently manoeuvring. The deck is all in teak and there are numerous vents in the forward section to ensure air circulation in all the inhabited areas aboard, also giving an older-style appearance to the whole. As for the interiors, before describing them it should be pointed out that they are spacious and well divided in order to guarantee comfort even during the longest and most demanding voyages, especially in the amidships relaxation area and the section forward which is a continuation of the latter, providing a really spacious area on different levels. The owner's cabin occupies the entire aft portion and includes a central double bed, a relaxation area on the starboard side with L-shaped sofa and coffee table, an office area on the port side, a dressing table corner and, again on the port side, a spacious bathroom. This cabin is accessed from a corridor on the starboard side from which there is also access to a guest cabin with bunk beds and private bathroom. The central zone of this area of the boat, and part of the aft zone on the port side, are occupied by technical rooms for the propulsive apparatus, electrical systems and on-board plant. Amidships on the port side there's another guest cabin with twin beds and private bathroom, accessible from the saloon on the lower deck. The zone forward of this saloon is entirely set aside for the crew's quarters: a double-bed cabin with private bathroom on the port side, opposite the large galley, a crew mess with sofa and dining table and, forward, another cabin with bunk beds and private bathroom. Going back to the main deck, the spacious deckhouse contains a saloon and dining area. Forward on the starboard side the very well equipped bridge is complete with all necessary electronics for safe ocean voyaging, as well as electric controls for the main running rigging. It should be mentioned that this yacht has a monitoring system for all on-board plant. So in the case of malfunctioning or alarm from one of the sensors situated in the most vulnerable places, the crew are warned immediately by sound and visual signals, and also informed about the type of anomaly. The interiors are in teak, the sober style emphasised by the use of polished steel, for example as reinforcement for chairs, while the deckhouse is finished in white which emphasises the sensation of space and brightness. The outdoor bridge, aft of the deck saloon that extends into a cockpit lined by seats around the perimeter, includes a single wheel positioned in such a way that the helmsman can always efficiently check the set of the sails on all points of sailing. Here too there's a panel with numerous electronic apparatuses for rigging control and handling, plus controls for the electro-hydraulic systems. So the whole rig can be handled by just one person. A very well built yacht, above all the result of very careful design. Her classic lines give her an aesthetic appeal that we do not hesitate to call fascinating. With the high technological standards employed in her construction, she is also a fine performer even in light winds. As for motoring, the yard has chosen a sophisticated engine made by Lugger, a six cylinder 425 HP, while the generators are Northern Lights (33 and 16 kW). There's a great deal of latest generation technology aboard the 100' Nordia Traditional, in accordance with the yard's objective of creating a yacht that best combines classic and modern.