June 27, 2012

New Model: Vivante 55 Hard Top

While Dutch have for a couple of decades been known for their super yacht building capabilities, recently there seems to be a  new Spring to what concerns smaller builds under eighty feet but even less to fifty.  If one wants a steel yacht in more normal pocket dimensions, Vivante is one offering an interesting line from 42 to 55 feet, with a 65 currently in project stages.  The Vivante 55 Hard Top Cruiser offers what recently is coming from the Dutch, a modern superstructure matched with exquisite lines which call tradition.  The Vivante 55 Hard Top is remarkable for its sloop stern, its close or fully open main deck, and the large view windows serving the midships cabin.  Inside the 55 is also offered in two versions, two cabins with a large owners room to midships, or three cabins moving the master stateroom to fore.  Some Dutch counterparts are to offer a big engined version but so far the Vivante 55 Hard Top is offered with 170hp Vetus.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.0 m (55.7ft)
Beam - 4.9 m
Draft - 1.4 m
Displacement - 35 t
Fuel Capacity - 1800 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Vetus DT66 170hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Hull Type - round bilge with flared bow
Construction - steel material all around with 5 mm thick hull, 4 mm superstructure, and 8 mm frames
Certification - CE A