Hoek Design is particularly known for its Truly Classic yacht series. Pendennis, meanwhile, is particularly known for its custom yacht construction. Put the two together with ardent sailors who wanted a traditional atmosphere with some flair, and you get Vijonara. Recently delivered, she’s the second Truly Classic 128, and her owners’ latest passion project.
Hoek Design has a few different Truly Classic series. While several launches have seen construction in The Netherlands, its home country, the series is, of course, available for customers to take to other shipyards. Vijonara is the first Truly Classic by Pendennis. The sloop, whose aluminum hull was constructed in The Netherlands, was in build for 18 months at the shipyard. LOA: 128 feet (39.4 meters).
As much as the owners liked the Truly Classic 128 series overall, they did request some changes. Andre Hoek, head of the design studio, says he enjoyed having their input. For instance, they requested a bowsprit, which in turn stows the downwind sails. Traditionalists will also simply like the way a bowsprit looks on this type of design. On the social side, the sloop makes conversations between the guests and captain easier on deck. It’s due to the owners requesting the helm sit forward of the aft deckhouse, closer to the guests’ central cockpit. Speaking of cockpits, the owners get the aft one to themselves, with access from their suite.
Inside, Vijonara is a vision of classic sailing yacht design. Sapele mahogany paneling pairs with walnut soles. A thin maple strip rims the outer walnut wood, too. Complementing the richness of the woods, the owners tapped the fashion house Hermès for fabrics. The company’s own designers created items like settees and chairs. In addition, Hermès mounted an oculus on a table, itself clad in leather. Finally, it designed and made a world map entirely of leather.
Vijonara will show off her features for the public at the Monaco Yacht Show in September. Besides checking out the oculus, with underwater lighting for nighttime, you can see a gym that doubles as an extra guest stateroom. Overall, Vijonara has three staterooms, including the owners’ suite.