Luiz De Basto is perhaps best known for his design work in the megayacht end of the pleasureboat realm. However, he has styled the exteriors and overseen the interiors of yachts measuring less than 100 feet, too. In fact, one of his latest projects is well under the 100-foot mark, yet should capture no less attention. The VanderArk 47 Sport Trawler marks the first model in a new boat brand. In addition, and equally important, she’s a fresher approach to the traditionally conservative lines and performance of long-range cruisers.
De Basto is collaborating with Krogen Design on behalf of Asia Harbor Yacht Builders, the same Taiwan-based yard that builds the well-known Kadey-Krogen Yachts. In fact, the Kadey-Krogen and Asia Harbor ties extends to Krogen Design, too, as it’s a naval-architecture and marine-engineering firm renowned for its work with those firms on trawler yachts.
For the VanderArk 47, James S. Krogen, the principal of Krogen Design, created an efficient planing hull. The boat should be comfortable in a variety of sea conditions, in keeping with her trawler heritage. However, the sporty side comes through in the expected top speed of 24 knots and anticipated cruising speed of 20 knots (perhaps even a bit higher). That sets her apart from traditional trawlers, which are designed to achieve far slower speeds. Power for the VanderArk 47 comes courtesy of twin 480-hp Yanmar engines.
Inside, the VanderArk 47 emphasizes clean looks. Cherrywood will line the walls from the full-beam (15-foot, 7-inches) saloon on the main deck to the staterooms below decks. Two staterooms are available, though if you plan to cruise with more people, the saloon and pilothouse each have settees that convert to berths. The flying bridge will be a great spot to drive the boat or simply enjoy the view while cruising. A sunpad on the foredeck will keep sun-worshippers happy. Meanwhile, the covered aft deck will provide welcome shade on sunny days.
For a detailed equipment list and pricing, contact Asia Harbor Yacht Builders at 011.886.7.803.7100 or via its website.