Every year the HISWA On Water boat show takes over Amsterdam Marina. Located a free 15 ferry ride from Amsterdam Centraal station the show is a showcase for builders around Holland as well and other European marques.
It’s like a Southampton show in miniature, yachts in a marina and tents on land. But there’s also an on the water activity area with numerous children playing in Optimist dinghies, canoes and SUP (Stand Up Paddle) boards. With blue skies overhead and a nice breeze on the marina, Graham Snook took a look around to see what he could find.
First off let’s start with the World Premier of the Hanse 315. The 315 will also be shown at Cannes and Southampton. The newest and smallest of the ever expanding Hanse fleet the 315 is available in three options. Here was the basic (and cheapest) tiller steered model without the forward bulkhead making an open and airy interior. Form the outside it’s very much a hanse, but the tiller in the cockpit comes as a refreshing change. The helm sits quite far forward in the cockpit leaving the aft area (a step over the mainsheet track) as an area for crew to relax – on the side deck usually reserved for the helm. For a couple the tiller would be great as it would be possible to sail together rather than be separated by wheel and binnacle.
LOA 9.62m 31ft 7in
LWL 8.70m 28ft 7in
Beam 3.35m 11ft 0in
Draught 1.85m 6ft 1in
Displacement 4700kg 10,362lbs
Not so much a new boat now, but a name unfamiliar to many. From the board of Dutch designer Dick Koopmans, the Sentijn looks like a sensible Dutch aluminium cruisers, but she’s actually vacuum infused GRP. Company owners Paul Matthijssen and Yvonne Kuijpers have sailed their 37 to Scotland and the Azores. The hull design is over 20 years old, but Paul and Yvonne tracked down the moulds and the boats are now made in Estonia.
As one might expect she has a traditional feel, but with modern twists. She’s designed to be sailed short handed and has a comfortable short and safe aft deck behind the wheel. There’s lots of stowage under this aft deck and much more to starboard that can be accessed via the cockpit or heads.
Below is where things start to get interesting. Firstly there is standing headroom by the galley and chart table, but headroom drops before entering the saloon. This makes the saloon nice, snug and cosy. Secondly there is a central island sink and work space unit which gives an open feel, but also adds bracing for the cook and access to those sat at the saloon.
Price €243,500 inc VAT
LOA 11.33m ft in
LWL 9.8m 32ft 2in
Beam 3.75m 12ft 4in
Draught 2.05m 6ft 9in
Displacement 7,000kg 15,432lbs
The aluminium Atlantic 40 is available with a fixed keel or, as with the boat on display, a lifting keel. To facilitate drying out she also has twin rudders. The cockpit is sheltered thanks to a high solid coachroof. Either side of the cockpit is a well-protected watch keeper’s position, beneath the over hanging coachroof. There are windows overhead to check sail trip and instruments in the bulkhead in front of you. This are also gives a sheltered area for donning waterproofs without facing the full wrath of any weather. The cockpit is surrounded by 6 Andersen winches and has a raised seating position aft of the wheel, it’s a very well thought out area.
Below the clever thinking continues: a deep J shaped galley and a comfortable and well laid out chart table, as well as overhead windows with add light and sail visibility. The saloon is snug but there’s no avoiding the dominant box for the lifting keel. This restricts forward access to the port seating, and one has to shuffle from forward of the mast around the fixed leaf (port) of the table. Forward is a nice low V berth with seats either side.
Price €544,500 inc VAT
LOA 13.10m 43ft
LWL 11.27m 37ft
Beam 4.14m 13ft 7in
Draught 0.65m – 2.45m 2ft 2in – 8ft
Displacement 10,000kg 22,046lbs
If big boats are getting too much, how about a dainty 23ft weekend? Pleasing to the eye with a nice deep and secure cockpit the D-Sailer could be a whole lot of fun in the right weather and cruising ground. The cockpit is big enough for a family of four, and the helm has all controls to hand. Down below there’s seating headroom, a small galley unit with single burner and sink. Opposite there a heads hidden in a neat box. There’s a V berth forward of the compression post and the saloon seat go aft under the cockpit. She comes with an inboard diesel engine and draws just 1 metre, so a whole host of shallow cruising grounds open up to you.
Price €52,500 inc VAT
LOA 7.00m 23ft
LWL 6.00m 19ft 8in
Beam 2.25m 7ft 5in
Draught 1.0m 3ft 3in
Displacement 1250kg 2755lbs