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The 180 ft classic ketch Marie got great reviews at the Monaco Yacht Show. Mr. Louis Hamming, Director of Vitters Shipyard, said: “A yacht like Marie is more than the sum of the components. It is our profession to bring together and guide all the expertise to prove that her classic lines combine perfectly with modern performance. It is this dialogue that creates the success of our yachts.”

The use of the most modern technology and the latest knowledge in rigging resulted in a knot above true wind speed during the first sailing trips. And this was even without specific race trimming and tuning. Below deck Marie has an advanced hydraulic system controlling the captive and drum winches, bow and stern thrusters and the other hydraulic functions – all controlled with an in-house developed PLC-system. More than 600 functions on board are monitored and controlled by this separate computerized system. Efficiency and good project management resulted in a total construction period of less than two years. The hull was built in-house at the Vitters facilities using Alustar aluminium.

Modern technology with classic design

Marie’s traditional lines have been optimized using modern tank test facilities and simulations. The carbon fibre masts can carry up to 3300 square metre of sail, with inboom furling systems for main and mizzen sails. Various rig and sail configurations have been tested in a wind tunnel facility in The Netherlands to determine optimum sail positions and sheet angles.

One of the specific features on board is the swimming and landing platform on port side. This platform folds down and the side-boarding ladder can be used to access the platform. This solution facilitates easy boarding and unloading a tender, but can also be used for swimming and diving. The diving equipment is stored in a locker, accessible directly from the platform.

Interior and deck

The unique collection of antiquities on board and the “Baby Grand Steinway” – which was the basis for the design of the main salon – are clear signatures of the Owners’ passion for history, music, and entertainment. Interior designer David Easton combined traditional lines and elements with a light type of wood, Anigré, rarely seen on board of traditional yachts. This resulted in a comfortably light and airy interior, while preserving the traditional atmosphere of a classic sailing yacht. Vitters’ experience in high quality finishing and the traditional exterior woodwork result in a beautiful and functional deck layout and finish.

Never change a winning team

The Owners chose to make use of the successful cooperation between Vitters Shipyard, Hoek Design and Nigel Ingram, a team that also made sailing yachts like the triple award-winning Adèle and Erica XII. We all hope to witness her power and capabilities during the upcoming racing events and Buckets.