Launch project YN251

24 April 2021

Royal Hakvoort Shipyard is pleased to announce the launch of the 61-metre Project YN 251 on April 24th at the yard in Monnickendam.

Designed by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design and featuring naval architecture by DIANA Yacht Design, YN 251 was commissioned by a passionate owner looking for a seamless blend of style and functionality. The result is an ocean-going explorer with impressive capabilities. It is the 7th project that Hakvoort has sold in cooperation with Moran Yacht & Ship while the hull of project no eight YN 253 “Asia” is underway to the shipyard.

 “The last time we saw YN251’s true size was December 2018 when she went into the shed as a shell of steel and aluminium, today we saw her transformation,”

“The last time we saw YN251’s true size was December 2018 when she went into the shed as a shell of steel and aluminium, today we saw her transformation,” comments owner’s representatives Monique and Justin de Chalain. “The whole Hakvoort team are masters of their craft. They never settled for any element to be just ‘good enough’, and were constantly pushing for innovation and striving for excellence. Every aspect of the interior and exterior space is designed to engulf you with a feeling of relaxation and comfort without sacrificing luxury.”

Inside Project YN 251

Onboard, YN 251 accommodates up to 12 guests and a crew of 19. Five guest cabins are located on the main deck, with an impressive full-beam suite taking the spotlight on the designated owner’s deck. The owner’s suite is flooded with light from large windows and a skylight and features a private dining area and Jacuzzi on the foredeck.

Throughout, Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design has created a clean and classic interior focusing on textures and natural elements, including oak, walnut and premium leather detailing. From the cinema room on the lower deck to the large family-style open galley on the main deck, the design elements feature a neutral material palette, outstanding Italian marble and rich fabrics that work in harmony to create a rich, warm environment.

Commenting on her interior design, Paul Costerus, Partner at Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design, says: “The continuous flow and balance in the interior is something you can really feel when you step onboard. Without a doubt, the most exciting feature in YN 251s design is the immense ceiling heights – a specific request from the owner. At 2.3 and 2.4 metres in the domes on both the main and owner’s deck, it’s a great achievement on a 61-metre yacht.”

The emphasis on spacious living continues in the exterior design, defined by vast open areas and plenty of amenities to create unique moments at sea. Just some of the standout features onboard include a large tender and toy store providing seamless access to the water, a swimming pool on the upper deck, an outdoor kitchen featuring a 54-inch BBQ, plenty of comfortable seating, a sauna and airconditioned indoor/outdoor lounges. The sun deck is completed with a cosy firepit – the perfect spot for a memorable evening under the stars.

In regards to her technical details, Project YN 251 is powered by twin CATERPILLAR 3512E diesel engines. She has a top speed 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, YN 251 is a yacht built to explore.

A tribute to Albert Hakvoort Sr.

It was with great sadness that Hakvoort announced the death of Albert Hakvoort Snr in March 2021. At the helm of Hakvoort Shipyard across six decades, a testament to Albert Hakvoort’s legacy was granted with the Royal designation of the yard in November 2020. “Throughout the build process, we have grown to share a special relationship with the yard and deep respect for the family Hakvoort. As much as the launch of YN 251 is a bittersweet moment for the family, staff and all who knew Albert Snr, this is a most fitting tribute,” states YN 251’s owner’s representatives as they commemorate Hakvoort Snr.

“The launch of the first Royal Hakvoort is a culmination of his life’s work and family legacy,” they continue. “Albert Snr once commented that ‘We’ll never be the biggest yard, but we promise that every boat launched here will be the very best of its kind at the time’. YN251 reflects the Hakvoort family’s unwavering quest that each boat they build will be better than the last. We want to convey our most profound appreciation for how Klaas and Albert Hakvoort transferred the Owners dream into something tangible.”

YN 251 will stay at the Hakvoort quayside for completion till mid-June, where she will then be towed to Amsterdam and enter the dock at Oranjewerf for final completion and delivery in early summer. Upon delivery, she will explore the Baltics before completing her first Atlantic crossing.