|Saphire at the dock in Portsmouth, Rhode Island|
å14 December 2009 Sapphire
DESIGNER: Hoek Designs, Edam, Netherlands
BUILDER: Holland Jachtbouw, Zaandam, Netherlands
LENGTH: 100 feet [30 meters]
The combination of Andre Hoek and Holland Jachtbouw is about as good as it gets when it comes to designer and builder. Sapphire was one of Jachtbouw’s first large builds in aluminum, and since then, Jachtbouw have become known for this kind of construction. It is very expensive, but of the utmost quality.
The design of Sapphire is the very embodiment of a “classic” yacht, combining the best of yesterday with the best of today. The traditional Honduras mahogany interior surrounded by super strong aluminum makes for a thoroughbred world cruiser.
Since her birth in 1996, Sapphire has traveled around the world several times! She has spent considerable time in the South Pacific, visiting exotic islands and rare ports of call. She is also available for charter on occasion.
After over a decade of hard service and more miles than most boats will see in a lifetime, Sapphire is here in Newport County for some well deserved maintenance. She will spend the winter at the “Bend Boat Basin” in Portsmouth where several important local businesses are headquartered. A full refit is underway, after which, Sapphire will be ready to strike out again. Where to is anyone’s guess.