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Louise enjoying her time in Brazil

After delivery to her delighted owner, the racer/cruiser sailing yacht Louise embarked on an ambitious maiden voyage across the Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro.

4 maart, 2014 -

Before they set course for the southern hemisphere, extensive sea trials were carried out together with our technical staff. In addition, the various systems were comprehensively tested and the crew of Louise trained in the operation of the various systems and general use of the yacht.

Before she set off on this adventure Louise was christened at a reception for the Claasen team. All our employees feel involved in every project that leaves the yard and provide their individual contribution to a new yacht during construction, delivery and after-sales service. They share their experiences of the process in a special movie made to mark the launch of Louise. Check it out at Youtube (

More on Louise

Louise’s exterior was created by the French designer Berret Racoupeau and her interior is from the boards of Rhoades Young Design. She measures 22.07 m overall and has a beam of 5.63 m. This extraordinary yacht incorporates the latest technology and most advanced construction methods. Her keel is equipped with a hydraulic lifting system which allows the draught to be adjusted from 2.30 to 3.90 m. Louise is built under MCA for yachts up to 24 metres and has CE-A certification.

As the owner intends to use Louise for racing as well as cruising, weight was a critical consideration during the build. The yacht was built with an aluminium hull and composite deck and superstructure, while the interior is based on foam sandwich panels. Every item taken onboard went on the scales as the yacht’s weight was monitored with precision.

Sporty and modern

Louise’s large superstructure windows bathe the spacious interior in natural light. The reverse stern gives the design a sporty look and includes a large hydraulic door that doubles as a swim platform and tender dock. Louise’s cockpit is equipped with a large bimini which stows away entirely within the superstructure.

Louise is rigged with a carbon mast from Southern Spars, which ensures optimal rigidity despite its low weight. The mainsail has an area of 132 m² and is equipped with slab reefing and reef locks. In addition to her carbon mast, the yacht also has EC6 carbon stays, which guarantees an ideal combination of strength, stiffness and elongation. The lines and other running rigging are operated from the two steering positions in the cockpit, and the winches are hydraulically operated.

As you can perhaps imagine, we are exceptionally proud of the lovely Louise and wish her a wonderful time in Brazil and beyond!


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