In a world that seems increasingly driven by corporate interests, it’s gratifying to know that there are still family-run businesses that have thrived for several generations. Nothing can rival the pride and commitment that stems from a sense of family heritage. Hakvoort Shipyard, founded in the Netherlands some 85 years ago, is a prime example, and its latest tri-deck motoryacht, Pretty Woman, offers 128 feet of fine family craftsmanship and world-class amenities.
Ideally suited for either chartering or family cruising, Pretty Woman provides an exceptionally versatile lower- deck layout. In each of four staterooms surrounding a central foyer, there is a pair of single berths on sliders so they can be easily converted to king berths if that arrangement is preferable. And the two aftermost staterooms are separated by sliding partitions, so they can be merged into one full-beam VIP suite. Crew quarters are forward on the lower deck, with a separate stairway up to the galley on the main deck, and up another level directly to the pilothouse.
Forward on the main deck is the full-beam owner’s suite, which will offer magnificent views through exceptionally large rectangular windows in the hull sides. The yacht’s versatility is again demonstrated in the formal dining area amidships, where the table can extend to accommodate a party of ten or contract to offer an intimate setting for two, four, or six.
Forward on the bridge deck, the pilothouse exudes a businesslike air, with a centerline helm, docking stations to either side, and walkways that provide access to the fore and aft decks without having to pass through the interior. Just aft is a roomy stateroom with a double berth, so the captain will never be more than a few steps from the helm. By contrast, the aft end of the bridge deck and the entire sundeck is devoted to spaces for entertaining, relaxing, and enjoying the sunshine and ocean breezes.
Even the hull is designed to cradle guests in comfort, with a beamy, round-bilge, full-displacement form that delivers transatlantic range. Extensive sound and vibration treatments will keep guests unaware of the 600-hp diesels and twin 105-kW gensets. VT Naiad stabilizers assure comfort underway or at rest.
This article originally appeared in the November 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.