Best in class
Established by Nico Claasen in 1985, Claasen Shipyards is a unique venture within the Dutch yacht building industry that was set up with the goal of combining traditional Dutch workmanship with a constant drive for innovation. Committed to delivering perfection, Claasen Shipyards is comprised of an entrepreunerial group of companies that are each specialists in their respective fields and are either jointly owned or integrated under the Claasen Shipyards umbrella. Characterised by a flat structure, the organisation benefits from the very best craftsmen who boast strong organisational skills thanks to their long-term expertise and commitment to delivering optimum quality.
Within the group are three leading specialists, Bloemsma, Cornelis Jongkind Yacht Installations and Claasen Jactbouw, as Joachim Kieft, managing director of Claasen Shipyards, discussed with Shipping & Marine magazine in February 2012. “Bloemsma is a company of impeccable reputation and one of the finest aluminium hull builders in the world supplying many of the best Dutch yards such as Feadship, Holland Jachtbouw and Vitters. Cornelis Jongkind Yacht Installations is an experienced partner when it comes to technical installations on sailing yachts of up to 45-metres. Since 1987, the company has been a supplier and adviser to many of the finest Dutch yards. Last but not least, Claasen Jachtbouw was established by Nico Claasen in 1985, and the yard typifies the unique benefits that have made the Dutch yacht building industry a global phenomenon.”
By combining these different strengths, Claasen Shipyards has developed a complete yacht building service that is wholly capable of producing yachts such as the J-Class Lionheart, F-Class Firefly and the Truly Classics Atalante; the latter of which was recently a dazzling attendee of the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show 2015 in August thanks to its striking design and impressive size.
“Everyone who saw the TC 127 Atalante was very impressed by the quality of work and the quality to price ratio. The reason we can provide such cost-effective quality is due to our operations as a lean company; we also try to keep the technical aspects of yacht building as simple as possible as we know what the average engineer is capable of. With that in mind, we design in such a way that the yachts are easy to maintain anywhere in the world and minimise the possible challenge of finding spare parts when required. This way of working is often well-appreciated by engineers working on our yachts,” highlights Joachim. “It is because of these strengths that the new owner of the TC 127 Atalante, a previous customer, said they wanted to have the same vessel, just bigger and from the same shipyard, team, suppliers and systems as before, as the previous vessel was so successful.”
At 38.8 metres LOA, the TC 127 Atalante sailing yacht is the largest in Claasen Shipyards’ Truly Classic line to date and features exterior styling by Andre Hoek of Hoek Naval Architects. Features of the sloop-rigged yacht include a 48.3 metre mast, a lightweight, optimised sail plan and carbon rigging to ensure the ship is perfectly suitable for racing as well as cruising and charter. TC 127 Atalante is built to MCA LY2 regulations. The vessel could also compete in the Superyacht Cup and Spirit of Tradition classes in regattas when not operating as a cruiser.
One of the demands made by the delighted owner of the TC 127 Atalante, a previous customer of Claasen Shipyards, was to ‘spin the boat on a sixpence’ during racing and also deliver a larger, faster yacht than its predecessor, the TC 90 Atalante, with more comfortable accommodation for both guests and crew without losing intimate contact with the surrounding water. Having successfully delivered on these requests, Claasen Shipyards went onto create a stunning, custombuilt interior for the owner, which included an aft owner’s suite that leads to a private deckhouse and aft cockpit; this means that with the lower saloon connected to the owner’s cabin, the owners will have almost half the boat to themselves when not entertaining guests.
With regards to interior décor, a rich, warm mahogany wood is combined with white-painted overheads and paneling above wainscots, giving the ship a truly elegant and classic style. For those lucky enough to stay onboard, the TC 127 Atalante boasts two generous guest cabins, one double and one twin, while the area in front of the mast is reserved for crew members and includes a spacious galley, crew mess and laundry.
By merging quality and performance, Claasen Shipyards’ reputation has soared even higher with the launch of the TC 127 Atalante. While riding this wave of success, the company is keen to continue building vessels between the 20 to 65 metre size range and will maintain a focus on partnering with owners who know what they want to create truly spectacular classic yachts with a modern twist.
Specialises in custom-built yachts
The TC127 Atalante stole the show at Monaco Yacht Show 2015
The TC 127 Atalante has also received rave reviews from superyacht media