Royal Hakvoort Shipyard is proud to announce the delivery of the yard’s latest custom superyacht TOP FIVE II. Known as Project YN251 throughout her build, the 61-metre motor yacht departed the Netherlands on September 2nd after completing sea trials on the North Sea in July. Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design undertook exterior and interior design with Diana Yacht Design responsible for her naval architecture. The Moran Yacht & Ship construction team negotiated the build contract on behalf of her owner and oversaw the project throughout her construction.
“The owner’s spent five years researching shipyards to build a new yacht. It was the charm and character of this small bespoke yard in the heart of the historic city of Monnickendam that drew them in, and they decided that this is where they can create something truly unique,” comments owner’s representatives Monique and Justin de Chalain. “The result has exceeded all of our expectations.”
Onboard TOP FIVE II
In addition to a wealth of superyacht-standard amenities including a swimming pool, sauna, elevator connecting all decks, large beach club and 54” BBQ and seating area on the upper deck, among TOP FIVE II’s most notable features is immense ceiling heights of 2.3 metres on both the main deck and owners deck. A specific request from the owner, the result is exceptionally spacious living areas filled with natural light. The family-style open galley on the main deck is another unique talking point, providing a sociable yet practical and safe space for everyone on board to enjoy, while the built-in fire pit and cosy seating area on the sun deck is the perfect area to unwind after an action-packed day on the water.
Throughout, Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design has created a clean and classic interior focusing on textures and natural materials to create a seamless flow. “Her interior is contemporary in style but not minimalistic,” explains Paul Costerus, Senior Partner at Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design. “Many subtle details make the interior rich and desirable. The neutral material palette, outstanding marble selections and rich fabrics with some Japanese design influences create her character.”
TOP FIVE II accommodates 12 guests across five generous en-suite staterooms on the main deck, including a VIP cabin with heightened accessibility. Located on the owner’s deck, the owner’s suite is immersed in natural light from large windows and a skylight and is complete with large his-and-hers bathrooms as well as a private alfresco dining area and Jacuzzi on the foredeck. An extra-large crew mess in addition to three private cabins provided for the captain, chief engineer and first officer mark another unique feature of TOP FIVE II, with the owner dedicating unusually large spaces to ensuring a well-rested and comfortable crew of 19.
Built to explore
Built per IMO Tier III regulations and featuring an ice-class reinforced hull, TOP FIVE II is an ocean-going motor yacht built to explore. Powered by twin CAT 3512E diesel engines, she achieves top speeds of 14.7 knots, a cruising speed of 12.7 knots and an autonomous range of 3,800 nm at 12 knots. Equipped with a forward-facing FarSounder sonar, ECDIS chart system, NAIAD zero speed stabilisers and a state-of-the-art dynamic positioning system, TOP FIVE II has the capability, confidence and comfort to explore where others simply can’t.
“This project was special as she had some new and exciting features,” explains Hans Maarten Bais, Creative Director at Diana Yacht Design. “She is only the second yacht in the world to be equipped with the Naiad total ride system. Most ships have stabilisers nowadays, but these active stabilisers will become the standard. It reduces the pitching of the vessel in head seas, and so creates a more comfortable, stable ride.”
“TOP FIVE II also had to be built in accordance with the new IMO Tier III regulations,” Bais continues. “The engines are equipped with an SCR unit in the exhaust system. An SCR unit is a Selective Catalytic Reduction unit using urea, same as AdBlue in cars, to clean the exhaust gasses and reduce Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) emission. This presented an extra challenge as we had to create an extra unit in the engine room and a urea tank at the bottom of the yacht. TOP FIVE II has been an interesting project for us in which we used all our expertise and experience as naval architects. The result is a project that we are extremely proud of!”
TOP FIVE II is currently making her way to the Baltics on her maiden voyage before completing her first Atlantic crossing later this year.