Vitters’ 54.6m super-ketch ‘Marie’...

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Vitters’ 54.6m super-ketch ‘Marie’...

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She’s close to leaving her fit-out shed; rigging is imminent. She leaves in July.

JUNE 2010

Vitters’ all-aluminium 54.6m (180ft) ketch Marie is another gloriously retro project from Andre Hoek's team, which handled the naval architecture, exterior styling and light anigré interior design with the help of David Easton Design. She will be virtually the same as her sister Adèle. The only really significant differences include the new boat’s longer deckhouse, a fixed bimini aft of the deckhouse, the absence of a cuddy on her foredeck, and in-boom furling and PBO rigging, which is said to be two tonnes lighter than the equivalent in stainless steel.
Overall she has a half-load displacement of 298 tonnes.
Outwardly, however, she is going to look very different indeed. Her hull is black and so are her masts and booms, which incidentally were built by Southern Spars and as a contract represent something like €4 million worth. The main mast (shown below) is 57m (187ft) long; the mizzen is 40.5m (133ft). Both booms are Leisure-Furls.
She accommodates eight owners/guests; the crew complement is eight, but there is room aboard for 10.
Vitters built the whole hull, deck and superstructure of this one in-house at its Zwartsluis yard.

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