Stargazer was designed by Hoek Design Naval Architects. Hoek Design was responsible for all naval architecture, structural engineering, exterior and interior design of Stargazer. This is the 27th project on which Claasen and Hoek Design have collaborated. André Hoek, owner of Hoek Design, tells passionately about the design: “It is a timeless and classic design which perfectly fits the style of the mothership. This motorboat differs from all other tenders, which definitely makes it a unique project.”
The concept of the yacht is designed around several purposes the yacht needs to fulfil:
- To transport guests from shore to mothership.
- To serve as a diving platform that goes into small lagoons and shallow areas where people can comfortably go in and out of the water using a large swim platform in the stern that forms steps underwater when deployed.
- To be able to hold extra stores onboard.
- To accommodate extra crew or guests in the three cabins onboard the yacht.
The owner wanted the boat to have a Pacific range, meaning she is able to be powered by engines underway for 900 miles at cruising speed. The boat was designed with two 912 hp SCANIA engines to drive fixed propellers for a cruising speed of 15 knots and a top speed of 25 knots.
The yacht was built to superyacht standards as far as performance, finish, styling, details and technical installations are concerned. The lightweight aluminium hull was built in the Netherlands and all technical installations and joinery work have been executed by the Dutch shipyards. Project Manager Joris Slecht of Claasen Shipyards is very positive about their partnership with Vitters Shipyard: “This was the first time we built a new yacht together with our sister company Vitters. The co-operation went smoothly and enabled us to successfully finishing this project.”
During the entire process, the owner has been represented by Taco Zwarts from TZ Technical Support. In 2015, Taco relocated to Palma de Mallorca and started TZ Technical Support. He has been assisting many yachts in solving technical issues, organising service work and repairs and managing refits and new builds.
Another recently launched yacht at Claasen Shipyards is the 30.4 m refit sailing yacht Reesle, a Dutch built yacht that was also designed by Hoek Design.
LOA 23 m
LWL 21.5 m
Beam 6.6 m
Draft 1.5 m
Yard Claasen Shipyards